Grad School’s 2011 NSF Summer Research Program a Success

Coral Gables (July 29, 2011) — The Graduate School recently hosted nine students for the National Science Foundation-funded Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). The students were invited to UM for ten weeks and were paired with UM faculty to work on various research initiatives in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Students who came from as far as the University of Buffalo had the opportunity to test drive graduate school by working in labs alongside UM graduate students, analyzing data, and presenting their work at a conference-style session at the end of the ten weeks.

The summer 2011 program cycle marked the sixth year of the NSF grant to fund this research experience. A great majority of the students who have come through the Graduate School’s summer research program have gone on to attend graduate school and enjoy academic success.

“These students were dynamic. Their oral presentations and research posters addressed topics in environmental preservation, multicultural training for counseling psychologists, PTSD in Haiti, and other national and international issues. With the support of UM faculty, staff, and graduate students, these undergraduates now have a solid introduction to research and are better prepared to apply and do well in graduate school,” remarked Koren A. Bedeau, assistant dean of the Graduate School. “It’s always a pleasure to receive news of their progress after they leave UM.”

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2011 Summer REU students with Dr. Bedeau (far left) and graduate student mentors.

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