Summer Undergraduate Research Program underway

Oregon State University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), has announced its largest summer internship group ever, with 69 undergraduate students performing research in OSU biological science labs that began in late June and continue for 11 weeks.

This summer marks the 14th year of the program, which is supported by funds provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Frances, Ray, and Dale Cripps Scholarship fund, OSU’s URISC and URISC-Start programs, the Research Office, the Graduate School, the University Honors College, the Johnson Scholarship, the Jaworski Scholarship, the Department of Biochemistry/Biophysics, and numerous research grants to OSU professors.  Student applications consisted of a letter of interest, biographical sketch, and a letter of support for a potential mentor. Participants were chosen for fellowships on the basis of their stated interests, future plans, academic record, and potential for success.

The program will hold its annual symposium Sept. 15-17. The event will be in ALS 4001 and is open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend.

Kevin Ahern, senior instructor in biochemistry/biophysics and director for Undergraduate Research at OSU leads the student program and Dan Arp, dean of the College of Agriculture is director of the overall HHMI Program.  With this year’s participants, 600 students will have participated in the program by summer’s end.

OSU has long recognized the unique educational value of an individual research experience. The Howard Hughes grant substantially increases the number of students who are able to participate in an intense, full-time research experience over a several-month period, engaging in frequent contact with other students and with a faculty mentor.



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