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REU Program at Wadsworth Center

The Wadsworth Center hosts an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program. Ten students will be selected from colleges across the county to work for 10 weeks on independent research projects with scientists. The 2015 program will run from June 1 through August 7. Students will receive a $5250 stipend plus housing and a meal allowance. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.


The focus of the 2015 Wadsworth Center’s program is “Networking Basic Research for Biological Discovery”. The primary objective of this program is to provide cutting-edge research experiences by networking undergraduate students with each other and with their mentors to gain insight into how modern scientific research is conducted.

Students can choose either a traditional, single-mentored research project, or a networked project. In these projects, two students are networked together with one or two mentors to tackle a common research problem. The diverse range of projects covers molecular genetics, cell biology, computational and structural biology, as well as the environmental sciences. All of these are pursued within a close-knit environment that will provide an uniquely enriching research training opportunity for undergraduates. The strength of this program is delineated by robust external research funding and the intellectual achievements and peer-reviewed publications of REU students and mentors.

Most Memorable Moments of 2011-2014 REU Students

“This summer I not only experienced and enjoyed science first hand, but I also had an extraordinary time meeting excellent scientists and mentors. I loved the fact that everyday there was something to learn and wonder about!”
- Francy, SUNY-New Paltz, NY (Freshman, 2011).

“My most memorable experience at the REU program this summer would be the times in which I learned that things don't always go according to what was expected. There are going to be times where you don't get the results you were hoping for and that is okay because sometimes it makes your results that much more interesting.”
– Jasmine, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (Junior, 2014).

“Wadsworth gave me the opportunity to experience real science. I learned a lot from my mentors, and obtained many experiences. I also met many interesting scientists. I never thought this could be possible because I was a freshman in college. I did not know how difficult science really is, but I also learned that it only takes faith, perseverance and a little imagination to do it.”
- Héctor, Univ Metropolitana, San Juan, PR (Freshman, 2012).

“ The REU program at the Wadsworth Center opened my eyes to a diverse and committed scientific community. This rewarding experience strengthened my desire to take part in exciting scientific research.”
– Adam, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY (Junior, 2014).

 “The best part of the REU internship experience was discussing and constructing a flow chart diagram that allowed my lab partner and me to see all that we had accomplished in ten weeks time.”
 -  Amanda, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA (Sophomore, 2011).

“The Student Symposium was my most memorable moment; presenting my research work to other scientists had always been an item on my bucket list so, standing up there and giving a talk was undoubtedly the highlight of my summer research experience.  Also, the time I spent learning about some of the intricate yet exciting concepts in computational structural biology and drug design made this experience unforgettable. “
– Libère, Ohlone College, Fremont CA (Sophomore, 2013).

“My most memorable experience from the REU program was when I received my first batch of results from my genetic screen; I was so excited and nervous that my hands were shaking! That was when I knew that research was the path for me because I want to have a job where I love what I do and where every day I’m excited for what’s to come.“
– Courtney, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (Sophomore, 2014).

“The thing I loved the most about my time in the REU program this summer was being around individuals my age, who shared my passion for science and learning. I've made memories I'll cherish forever, with friends that I'll never forget.”
- Olivia, College of  St. Rose, Albany, NY (Junior, 2012).

Graduate Careers of 2010 – 2013 REU Students

PhD Program
Stephen2011SUNY-CobbleskillSUNY-AlbanyNanoscience Engineering4
Elizabeth 2011Sage Coll., Troy SUNY-AlbanyBioMedical Sciences 4
Claire2011SUNY-CobbleskillPenn State. Biochem, Micro., Mol. Biol.4
Daniel2011 William & Mary Harvard Applied Physics3
Kylia2012Berry Coll., GAYale Univ. Biology3
Patricia 2012 Skidmore College Columbia Pathobiology/Molecular Med 2
Jared2012SUNY-Albany SUNY-Albany Physics 2
David2013Dutchess Comm. Cornell Univ. Biomedical Engineering2
Samuel2013Iowa State, AmesU. WisconsinBiochemistry 2
Amanda2013 Gettysburg Coll. Univ. MN-Mayo Immunology 2
Olivia2013St. Rose, AlbanyAlbany Med. Biology2
Alex2014U. NebraskaU. MichiganHuman Genetics1
Sara2014Dartmouth U. MarylandPsychiatry1
Anna2014SkidmoreUNC Chapel HillGenetics1
Danielle2014Dutchess Co. CollegeSUNY-AlbanyBiomedical Sciences1
Jason2014VanderbiltUNC Chapel HillImmunology1


Goldwater Scholars (2012)
David BassenSUNY-Binghamton, NY
Samuel CondonIowa State, Ames, IA

Poster Presentations

Research Meeting
Cara2011 St. Mary's College Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) meeting, VA
Karen 2013U. West Florida CUR REU Meeting, Arlington, VA
Anna2012 Skidmore Undergraduate Research Day (URD), U. Rochester, NY
Tanner2012Rose-Hulman URD, Rochester, NY
Justin2013 SUNY-Geneseo URD, Rochester, NY
Hector2012 U. Puerto RicoAnnual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS); Best poster
Alex2013U. NebraskaABRCMS, Nashville, TN
Karen 2013 U. West FloridaABRCMS, Nashville, TN
Danielle2014 Dutchess CCCSTEP, Lake George, NY
Kara 2015 SkidmoreUndergraduate Research Conference, Canton, NY
Justin 2013 SUNY-GeneseoASBMB, San Diego, CA
Gabi2015 SUNY-GeneseoASBMB,San Diego, CA
Terry 2016 Penny StateCUR REU, Arlington, VA
Jasmine 2016 NM StateAISES, Orlando, FL
Adam 2016 DutchessABRCMS, Nashville, TN


Highlights of the 2014 REU Program

Highlights of this year’s activities included a seminar given by a former REU student at Penn. State Univ.; an Ethics workshop given by a Professor of Education at U. Arkansas – Fayetteville; a seminar by a UAlbany faculty member discussed the role of glucose in cognitive processes; and a fascinating seminar on Brain Computer Interfaces.

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