Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a restorative holiday break. I spent nearly two weeks with family and friends and it was glorious. I capped off the break attending the annual meeting Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. I attended talks and networked.
The highlight of the meeting was meeting undergraduate researchers during the poster session. I was fortunate that a few of them were excited about sharing their research experiences with me via video interview. Each of these students completed an REU - Research Experiences for Undergraduates Internship program. Students apply for summer research opportunities at their own, affiliated or other institution to work along side graduate student and principal investigator (professors) researchers. Many programs are funded and pay students a stipend and the cost of travel plus room and board for required research travel. All of them offer hands-on research experiences that set students up for great opportunities beyond the undergraduate degree.
I know these students will have so in store for science in the future. I can't wait to see how their scholarship evolves.
Tiffany Richardson of Princeton University
Carissa Gomez of Skyline College
Jenniffer Riley of Winston Salem State University
Taylor Jones of Salem College