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: Dayhana Arias, faculty mentor-Dr. Jen Staiger; Beverly Burke, faculty mentor-Dr. Dana Ward; Angel Gaona, faculty mentor-Dr. Christopher Bradley; Gregory Fultz, faculty mentor-Dr. Dana Ward; Robert Snyder, faculty mentor-Dr. Katy Dye.
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:
“During laboratory experiments this summer I learned procedures such as splitting cells and making artificial arterial wall environments. Furthermore, since our specific question had never been investigated before, I learned firsthand the amount of time, effort, and planning needed to create a proposal for an experiment. Most importantly, this opportunity opened my eyes to the idea of research as a career.”
“These kinds of programs are key to be competitive enough for acceptance to the best chemistry programs in good graduate schools.”
“This summer has further cemented my desire to go on to graduate school and aim for my Ph.D. in biochemistry. I have truly enjoyed being a part of the Summer Research Internship Program.”
On behalf of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics and our students, we thank our donors for their continued support of this program.