INBT Offers Valuable Undergraduate NanoBio Research Opportunity

Research Experience for Undergraduates poster session 2007. Credit: INBT / JHU
Research Experience for Undergraduates poster session 2007. Credit: INBT / JHU

Undergraduate research experience provides students with lasting benefits. The Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology is pleased to offer a 10-week summer NanoBio research experience for undergraduates (REU) funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

INBT’s NanoBio REU exposes students to lab-based scientific research. Students may opt to work in the research areas of biomaterials, drug/gene delivery, stem cells and cell engineering, nanofabrication, and cancer, among other topics and work side-by-side with INBT affiliated faculty and graduate mentors. They gain hands-on laboratory experience, participate in professional development seminars, and present their results at a final poster session.

In addition, students will earn a $3,500 stipend and an allowance for housing, living expenses, and the cost of travel to and from their homes to Johns Hopkins University. Applications for INBT’s NanoBio REU will be accepted until Feb. 15, 2008. Undergraduates who have completed their sophomore or junior year and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Studies show that students who took advantage of such opportunities noted “gains in independence, intrinsic motivation to learn, and active participation in courses taken after the summer undergraduate research experience“ (Lopatto, 2007). A 2001 survey of 136 liberal arts colleges reported that the number of students participating in undergraduate research has risen by 70% in the last 10 years (Mervis, 2001), while those students seeking more intensive summer research program (such as the one offered by INBT) has increased by 40%.

For more information, go to http://inbt.jhu.edu/reu. Or contact education program coordinator, Ashanti Edwards, at aedwards@jhu.edu.

References
Lopatto, David (2007). Undergraduate Research Experiences Support Science Career Decisions and Active Learning. CBE Life Sci Educ 6, 297-306.
Mervis, Jeffrey (31 August 2001). Student Research: What Is It Good For?
Science 293 (5535), 1614. [DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5535.1614]

Story by Mary Spiro.

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