Summer Undergraduate Research Program Enhances Research Skills-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Summer Undergraduate Research Program Enhances Research Skills

Last week, undergraduates from Carnegie Mellon as well as outside universities and colleges convened at the Mellon Institute to begin the 2008 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences. Under the tutelage of their faculty mentors, these undergraduates will strengthen their scientific training by participating in research projects during the 10-week program.

There are 22 scholars participating in SURP this year, including eight Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-supported students from Carnegie Mellon, ten Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) students from outside schools and four Beckman scholars from Carnegie Mellon. These students will formulate their own scientific question and goals, then conduct experiments to test their hypothesis, and their findings will be presented at a symposium to be held on August 1. Research topics include constructing biosensors, analyzing recursive splicing and determining the roles of amino acid residues in human hemoglobin.

In addition to the scholars, there are 37 students involved in the HHMI Researchers program.  The HHMI Researchers serve as assistants within faculty laboratories all across Carnegie Mellon’s campus and at the University of Pittsburgh. Twelve rising sophomores are also participating in the HHMI-sponsored Summer Research Institute (SRI).

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June 2, 2008