A record number of students tackle scientific projects in the 2006 Summer Undergraduate Research Program
This summer, an unprecedented number of undergraduates are enhancing their research skills with the help of the annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences.
25 scholars, 13 from Carnegie Mellon and 12 from outside universities and colleges, will be working in labs learning about biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering and psychology. For the next ten weeks, these scholars will be completing a small research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. These students will formulate a scientific question, determine a goal, plan and carry out specific scientific experiments to achieve this goal and present the findings of their research at a Symposium at the end of the SURP program. Projects range from the use of antibodies to create biosensors to locating a specific protein in the embryonic development of sea urchins.
In addition to the 25 scholars, 12 rising sophomores are participating in the intensive HHMI-sponsored Summer Research Institute, and 32 Carnegie Mellon undergraduates are honing their research skills as HHMI Research Assistants in faculty labs across campus.