By: Ashley Duvelius
UC’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program is challenging women undergraduates to seize research opportunities this summer. WISE’s 2013 Summer Research Experience for Women Undergraduates (REWU) Program is now open to female applicants who are undergraduates in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. Enrollment closes March 6th - Apply today!
The University of Cincinnati’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program is challenging women undergraduates to take the plunge this summer—into research. WISE’s 2013 Summer Research Experience for Women Undergraduates (REWU) Program is now calling for female applicants who are undergraduates in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering.
Urmila Ghia, PhD and Chair of the WISE Program, explains, “Participation in research projects is a significant factor in increasing student retention, and in encouraging talented students to excel. Last year’s program, its fourteenth cycle, was an overwhelming success. These talented and dedicated young women are the bright future of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.”
The WISE REWU Program is sponsored in part by the Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research, and the support and cooperation of several departments in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science, Pharmacy, Nursing and Medicine. It is a twelve week program that encourages the participation of talented young women in the science, mathematics and engineering fields, with a goal of exposing these talents to diverse areas of research early in their education and to encourage the pursuit of advanced studies in these fields.
Students have the immense opportunity of performing undergraduate research alongside UC’s leading scientists and engineers in a wide range of fields. Some of the disciplines explored last year included: Anthropology, Biology, Bio-medical Engineering, Chemistry, Communications, Communications Sciences and Disorders, Geology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Genetics, Nursing, Physics, Science and Health. The young researchers share their research findings in a special presentation session held in Engineering Research Center at the end of summer.
Each student will work closely with an experienced faculty advisor/researcher on ongoing research projects. Additionally, the student will be involved in interpreting the results of the research, deriving conclusions, and preparing and presenting a technical paper. A stipend of $4,500 is provided to each student to carry out her research, and to provide for a more successful experience.
In addition to the benefit of conducting research as an undergraduate, students may also opt to have the program constitute as one of their normal co-op experience semesters. Students will need to commit one additional week (for a total of 13 weeks) to the project in order to meet the semester-long co-op requirement.
Why spend the summer diving into the pool when you can dive into research? Spend the summer immersed in the rare opportunity that is undergraduate research, working with the best minds at UC, and get a leg up on the career competition. The deadline to apply is March 6, 2013. Meet with your advisor and apply today!