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Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Wadsworth Center hosts an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program. Ten students will be selected from colleges across the country 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 $5,250 stipend, plus housing, a meal allowance and paid travel to Albany. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. Applications are due February 26th, 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).

“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).