Penn State Intercom......June 21, 2001

Undergrads join in
summer research program

This summer, 40 undergraduate students are visiting the University Park campus to take part in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's (CIC) Summer Research Opportunities Program at Penn State.

The program was initiated in 1986 by the CIC graduate schools deans to encourage talented, underrepresented students to pursue graduate study and subsequently academic careers. Through the program, students have the opportunity to explore topics of interest and work on research projects at one of 15 host universities. The Graduate School's Office of Graduate Educational Equity is the students' host at University Park.

The primary component of the program is designed to immerse sophomores and juniors in intensive, in-depth research experiences where they work one-on-one with faculty mentors. Enrichment activities also are offered to broaden students' views of graduate education and research, to strengthen their technical skills so that they will be better prepared for graduate study and to create esprit de corps.

At the end of July, participants from all the CIC universities attend the annual Summer Research Opportunities Program Conference, where they have the opportunity to discuss their projects with one another, to hear talks given by former participants, and to learn about graduate admission procedures and financial aid. At the end of the program, students are required to write a paper and an abstract describing their research projects and to present the results of their work at a campus symposium.

The symposium at Penn State will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

For information about the program and the symposium, call the Graduate School's Office of Graduate Educational Equity at (814) 863-1663.