The School of Natural Science and Mathematics’ Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP) is a donor-funded initiative that provides a stipend to students that allows them to spend a summer on campus working closely with a faculty member on a research project. Summer research is a vital part of the research program in the School because it is a time when faculty can focus exclusively on their investigations. The SRIP program provides funding for students who want to do research but need to earn money during the summer to make ends meet. 

This year’s recipients were:  Sarah Bonson, faculty mentor-Dr. Patti Kreke; Emily Luetkemeyer, faculty mentor-Dr. Caitlin Faas; Timothy Schwemler, faculty mentor-Dr. Garth Patterson; Katherine Wu, faculty mentor-Dr. Abigail Kula.

At the end of their projects, students and their faculty mentors wrote a short reflection paper about their experience. Here is what a few of our students had to say about their experience:

“I have learned so much and have been able to progress in my research. The SRIP program has also helped me to get an idea of what it would be like to have a career in research. I am very thankful for the opportunities given to me through this program, and am excited to continue my research in the future. The faculty and staff at the Mount have been so supportive of my project and through their help I have been able to move forward with my research and learn so much this summer!”

“My experiences this summer have strengthened my desire to continue on to graduate school, with the eventual aim of a career in research, and I am grateful to have had such a great opportunity.”
“The coding process for this data is an arduous one, and I am very grateful to have finished my data collection in the summer, so that I can spend the entirety of the fall semester on data analysis. Without the summer research internship award, this would not have been possible, and I am incredibly thankful to have been given this experience. Thank you.”

“My research internship over the summer of 2015 was both a personal and professional benefit for me.”

On behalf of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics and our students, we thank our donors for their continued support of this program.