The program allows students to collaborate with faculty on original field or laboratory research with titles like, “Effects of California Mugwort and Osha on Normal Human Cells and Breast Cancer Cells,” and “Computational Modeling of the Atomic Structure of Nanowires.”
“This program is important to students because it gives them a chance to become immersed full time in research and lets them experience the thrill of discovery,” says Jill Trainer, dean of the college. “It also provides them with techniques and skills valued by graduate schools and employers.”
Twenty-one of the students received the college’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) award to support their research. The awards include project grants of $500, and for 17 students, stipends to conduct research for four to 10 weeks. SURE award recipients will present their work at the second College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Undergraduate Research Reception Oct. 6. In addition, some of the students will present their work at regional and national scientific conferences.
Support for the program came from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Office of Research Administration. David Zeigler, an assistant math professor, and four students received a grant from the Mathematical Association of America.