Texas A&M Chemistry's National Science Foundation Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) students learned the fine art of science demonstrations from the master himself, Chemistry Road Show Coordinator James Pennington (foreground).


Students from across the state, nation and world have spent the past two months at Texas A&M University immersed in all things academic research and graduate-study experimentation, thanks to a signature National Science Foundation program, Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).

The prestigious NSF-funded program is a grant-based summer platform hosted by universities across the nation to enhance undergraduate participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research. The students get valuable experience in real-world scientific investigations as full participants in active research programs under the guidance of faculty mentors. In addition, they receive both a stipend and housing for the duration of the program.

Go behind the scenes of our 2015 REU programs in this video featured on the Texas A&M Science YouTube channel:

For most groups, the program culminates with a daylong poster presentation, set for Wednesday (Aug. 5) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building. All Texas A&M Science REU students will be presenting from 3 to 5 p.m. as part of the Physical and Life Sciences section.

Texas A&M is just one of an increasing number of colleges making REU programs available to undergraduate students. The College of Science currently offers six different REU programs in a range of fields including chemistry, mathematics and physics and astronomy. In addition, the college sponsors an umbrella program, Summer Scholars, as a supplement intended to help minority students network with each other as well as with university administrators and build a community within the overall university-wide REU system.

For more information on summer REU programs in the College of Science, visit http://www.science.tamu.edu/research/undergraduate/reu.php.

See select photographs of students involved in 2015 Texas A&M Science REU programs.

To learn more about other undergraduate research opportunities and how to get involved, go to http://www.science.tamu.edu/research/undergraduate/index.php.

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Watch the Cyclotron Institute REU crew take science from the lab into the community for First Friday in Downtown Bryan:

Hear the value of undergraduate research explained by faculty and students involved in the Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Poster Session:

Contact: Chris Jarvis, (979) 845-7246 or cjarvis@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Ginger E. Carney, (979) 845-6626 or gcarney@bio.tamu.edu

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  • One of the highlights of Texas A&M's Astronomical Research and Instrumentation REU is the observing trip to the University of Texas McDonald Observatory featuring, among other attractions, the 11-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope. (Credit: Jennifer Marshall.)

  • Zev Cohen Woodstock (James Madison University) is involved in Texas A&M Mathematics' REU in Algebraic Methods in Computational Biology, one of three REU programs offered by the department.

  • Eric Palmerduca (Colgate University) entertains the First Friday crowd with his spin on the physics of rotational motion as part of the Cyclotron Institute REU group's Street Science show

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