Four schools host undergraduate and high school students for research and job experiences
May 22, 2017 | Atlanta
Dozens of students from around the U.S. are spending spend part of summer 2017 in Georgia Tech in research or internship programs. Eighty undergraduate students will today begin several weeks of research, culminating in capstone activities in July. Another eight high school students will arrive in July for a four-week job experience program.
The Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics are hosting Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). REUs provide opportunities for undergraduate students to work closely with faculty and other researchers on a real-world research topic. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
The programs and faculty and staff coordinators are:
- 3M Chemistry REU, cosponsored by 3M – Cameron Tyson
- Aquatic Chemical Ecology Summer Research Program – Brian Hammer
- Bee-Inspired Summer Program – Jennifer Leavey
- Broadening Participation in Physics REU – Jennifer Curtis, Keith Oden
- Chemistry Function, Application, Structure, and Theory REU – Stefan France, Kenyetta Johnson, Robert McCloud
- Center for Chemical Evolution REU – Christine Conwell, Nicholas Hud, Christopher Parsons
- Center for Selective C-H Functionalization REU – Denise Bale
- Mathematics REU – Igor Belegradek, Michael Lacey
In addition to working in various labs in the College of Sciences, students will have opportunities to learn about lab safety, scientific presentations, maintaining lab notebooks, research ethics, scientific writing, and professional networking.
The summer sessions will culminate in oral research presentations on July 19-20 and a poster session on July 26.
On July 10, eight students from nearby high schools will arrive in the School of Mathematics. They will join Kirsten G. Wickelgren to try mathematics as a summer job. The job experience program is funded by Wickelgren’s NSF CAREER award and the Georgia Intern Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT), a program implemented by the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC).