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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 2016 program will run from June 6th through August 12th. 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 2016 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 most memorable moment was practicing my presentation for the Student Symposium, and it suddenly dawning on me about the incredible amount of knowledge that I had accumulated in a single summer. The Wadsworth REU program was truly an opportunity of a lifetime, and gave me a taste of what real science is like and has left me wanting to experience more.”
– Katherine, Union College, Schenectady, NY (Junior 2015).

“The REU program provided me with both the tools to perform cutting-edge research and the mentorship to critically interpret my data and inform my options for graduate school. Employing techniques from cell biology, biochemistry, and structural biology to give insight on a unified research question proved truly valuable and memorable. “
– Matt, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA (Freshman, 2015).

“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

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REU Year
PhD Program
Stephen2010SUNY-CobbleskillSUNY-AlbanyNanoscience Engineering
Elizabeth 2010Sage Coll., Troy SUNY-AlbanyBioMedical Sciences
Claire2010SUNY-CobbleskillPenn State. Biochem, Micro., Mol. Biol.
Daniel2010 William & Mary Harvard Applied Physics
Kylia2011Berry Coll., GAYale Univ. Biology
Patricia 2010 Skidmore College Columbia Pathobiology/Molecular Med
Jared2012SUNY-Albany SUNY-Albany Physics
David2011Dutchess Comm. Cornell Univ. Biomedical Engineering
Samuel2011Iowa State, AmesU. WisconsinBiochemistry
Amanda2011 Gettysburg Coll. Univ. MN-Mayo Immunology
Kennan2011U. AlaskaU. WyomingEcology
Olivia2012St. Rose, AlbanyAlbany Med. Biology
Alex2013U. NebraskaU. MichiganHuman Genetics
Sara2010Dartmouth U. MarylandPsychiatry
Anna2012SkidmoreUNC Chapel HillGenetics
Tanner2012Rose-HulmanU. IowaGenetics
Yudi2012SUNY-BinghamtonCornellBiomedical Engineering
Danielle2013Dutchess Co. CollegeSUNY-AlbanyBiomedical Sciences
Jason2012VanderbiltUNC Chapel HillImmunology
Leila2013NortheasternU. MiamiHuman Genetics
Kara2013SkidmoreCornell Univ.Biocem, Mol. Cell
Anna2014U. Mary WashingtonEmoryGenetics/ Molecular Biol.


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

Poster Presentations

REU Year
Research Meeting
Cara2010 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
Danielle2013 Dutchess CCCSTEP, Lake George, NY
Kara 2013 SkidmoreUndergraduate Research Conference, Canton, NY
Justin 2013 SUNY-GeneseoASBMB, San Diego, CA
Gabi2013 SUNY-GeneseoASBMB,San Diego, CA
Terry 2014 Penn StateCUR REU, Arlington, VA
Jasmine 2014 NM StateAISES, Orlando, FL
Adam 2014 DutchessABRCMS, Nashville, TN
Simey 2015 SewaneCUR REU, Arlington, VA


Highlights of the 2015 REU Program

Highlights of 2015 activities included an Ethics workshop given by a Professor of Education at U. Arkansas - Fayetteville; a tour of the UAlbany RNA Institute; and a fascinating seminar on mycobacterial biofilms.

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