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This past summer, Angel Gaona Rojas, was a student selected to be a part of our Summer Research Internship Program! Angel explains his experience to be very valuable in order to fully apply the knowledge from the classroom to the lab. Angel’s SRIP involvement consisted of heavy amounts of research and extensive experience in the lab. Angel explains, "This program has given me access to techniques and instruments such as the glove box, the vacuum line, NMR, etc." Besides the one-on-one interaction with Dr. Bradley, Angel aslo describes, “these kinds of programs are key for an excellent background/experience to be competitive enough for acceptance to the best chemistry programs in good graduate schools.”

We want to thank and congratulate Angel Gaona Rojas on all of his hard work and wish him luck in his future academic endeavors! 

Congratulations to Gregory Fultz for being the recipient of our Summer Research Internship Program over the summer! What is our Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP)?? SRIP is a donor-funded initiative designed to provide students with a stipend which allows them to spend a summer on campus working closely with a faculty member on a research project. A pledge of $6,000 provides a direct stipend to students for the summer, allowing them to focus on their research project and the skills that can only be developed through an intensive, hands-on experience, working in the lab directly with our faculty.

“For future students at Mount Saint Mary’s University, I would highly recommend spending a summer side by side with one of their professors to strengthen their laboratory skills” Gregory wrote in his reflection letter about the program. Undergraduate research is a key component in the competitiveness of our graduates for acceptance into the best medical schools and graduate programs in the country. Our faculty benefit as well, by advancing their research programs and raising the profile of the Mount as a center of excellence in the sciences. A big thank you and congratulations goes out to Gregory Fultz in all his hard work!

Five Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP) awards were given to students for Summer 2014. This award allows students to work with a faculty member on a project during the summer months. Following the completion of their project, the student must present their research at the SPARC Festival the following academic year or at an off-campus conference. Students are also required to write a reflection on their summer research project, which will be submitted to the Dean. The following students received an award and they have been paired with a faculty mentor:

Dahyana Arias - Dr. Jen Staiger
Angel Gaona - Dr. Chris Bradley
Christiana Burke - Dr. Dana Ward
TJ Warshel - Dr. Katy Dye
Gregory Fultz - Dr. Dana Ward

This SRIP exists because of several generous benefactors who have made and continue to make donations to this distinctive program. These outstanding alumni, whose names are listed below, feel strongly about "giving back" to the University which blessed them so richly and they recognize the importance of the undergraduate research experience.

Dr. William P. Beierschmitt
Dr. John A. Bruno, Jr.
Dr. Lawrence E. Donato, Jr.
Dr. William R. Gaver
Dr. Daniel G. Muldoon
Mr. J. Anthony Rose
Dr. Mark S. Sobus, PhD, JD
Dr. and Mrs. William Ward, Jr.

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