14 June 2016

Undergrads do real research

REU participant Jacob Walley conducts research in the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Facility. REU participant Jacob Walley conducts research in the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Facility. Jose Sanchez

This week at the lab, 20 undergraduate science majors from across the U.S. are doing real research in chemistry, physics and biology that will be critical to them as they pursue careers in science.

These young scientists are in their third week of the lab’s ten-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. The long-running program pairs undergrads with researchers at the lab, giving them a realistic taste of the challenges and rewards of science.

“It’s dealing with all the little pitfalls of doing actual research, as opposed to doing a lab in their chemistry class,” said Jose Sanchez, who manages the program through the lab’s Center for Integrating Research and Learning. “This is going to be very great for their resume. For those attending graduate school, an REU program is practically mandatory because graduate school is all research-based.”


Text by Kristen Coyne. Photo by Jose Sanchez.

Last modified on 14 June 2016