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

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Summer Undergraduate Research Program Begins

On Monday, May 27th, a record number of 88 undergraduates began the 2009 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences.

Twenty-five of these students, also known as summer scholars, will strengthen their scientific training by undertaking individualized research projects during the 10-week program. With the guidance of faculty mentors, these undergraduates will formulate scientific questions and goals, conduct experiments to test their hypotheses, and then present their findings at a poster session and symposium. Their research spans the disciplines of biological sciences and chemistry, and includes topics ranging from a biophysical-biochemical investigation into recombinant hemoglobin to the effect of cell death on APC mutant tissue morphology. The 25 scholars include 11 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-supported students from Carnegie Mellon, 10 National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) students from outside universities and colleges, two USDA participants from outside universities and colleges, and two Beckman scholars from Carnegie Mellon.

In addition to the scholars, there are 51 students involved in the HHMI Researchers program. HHMI Researchers work within faculty laboratories all across Carnegie Mellon’s campus and the University of Pittsburgh. Twelve rising sophomores are also participating in the HHMI-sponsored Summer Research Institute (SRI), where they are researching “Molecular mechanism of human detoxification enzymes and the assembly of eukaryotic Ribosomes.”