The Wadsworth Center has hosted an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program nearly continuously for over 25 years. The program has trained more than 300 students. In 2016, 12 students were selected from colleges across the country to work for 10 weeks on independent research projects with Wadsworth scientists. Also in 2016, Wadsworth hosted four teachers conducting independent research projects in order to bring real world research experiences back to their classrooms. The 2016 program ran from June 6th through August 12th and all students received a $5,250 stipend, housing, a meal allowance and paid travel to Albany. Dates for the 2017 summer program have not yet been determined.
“My most memorable experience at Wadsworth Center was discovering why my project was not working. This taught me that science is unexpected and challenging, but with perseverance and patience, everything is possible. I am grateful for this rewarding experience at Wadsworth since it was my first research experience and being here strengthened my desire to be a scientist.” Priscilla, Univ. Puerto Rico - Mayaguez (Freshman 2016).
“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 every day there was something to learn and wonder about!” Francy, SUNY-New Paltz, NY (Freshman, 2011).
“I am so grateful for my experience in the REU program at the Wadsworth Center because I am leaving it a better student and scientist who is more capable of asking and answering scientific questions and pursuing my goals. Having been able to not only conduct my own research project, but to dive into the day-to-day lives of practicing researchers and their work has allowed me to develop a well-rounded skillset and vocabulary, confidence, and better understanding of what it truly means to be a scientist beyond the classroom.” Maddie, Washington College, Chestertown, MD (Junior 2016).
“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 most memorable moment for me during this REU was when I realized just how much independence my mentor allowed me; the feeling of being in the lab and getting to make my own decisions, discoveries, and of course mistakes was truly amazing, and has not only strengthened my love of science but opened my eyes to the possibility of research as a potential career.” Joe, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA (Sophomore 2016).
“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).
"These past 10 weeks, I was able to experience real science (with all of its ups and downs) for the first time in my life. I am leaving this program with a fueled desire to pursue a career in science and make a difference." Dalton, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY (Sophomore 2016).
“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).