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Philosophy of Approach
REU Group 2002

The MRS REU program is designed to engage students with the scientific process at all levels. Program participants have the opportunity to:

The multiple skills acquired as a result of this process make REU program participants competitive applicants for graduate school and strong candidates for jobs in biological research.

Program Design

Ther core component of the MRS REU program that facilitates the learning objectives stated above:


The first week of the MRS REU program is a critical period devoted to working in groups of 2–3 on three small–scale research projects. These projects allow students to get to know each other in an informal, collaborative setting. Students also get a chance to design and execute experiments, analyze data using statistical techniques, and present findings in front of their peers.

Weeks 2—9 are spent working intensively with faculty mentors developing, designing, and executing students' independent research projects, with instructional seminars and social events scattered in the mix

Week 10 is typically allocated to data analysis (graphical and statistical), and assembling an oral presentation that will be delivered to an audience of faculty mentors and peers.