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Research Experience for Undergraduates

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.

For 2018, 10 students will be selected to work for 10 weeks on independent research projects with Wadsworth Center scientists. The 2018 program will run from June 4th through August 10th. All participants will receive a $5,750 stipend, housing, a meal allowance and paid travel to Albany.

The 2018 application process has closed.  Please check back in the fall for information on 2019 applications.

“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).


Program Updates

2017 Undergraduate/Graduate Open House

Open House Wednesday November 8, 2017 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Come join us for refreshments and learn about the educational and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the Wadsworth Center.

To attend, please RSVP via email or call...

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Dr. Matthew Kohn, REU Program Director at the 2017 Open House

Wadsworth Center Hosts Another Successful Open House

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Wadsworth Center’s Master of Science in Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Programs welcomed interested students to their annual open house.

Faculty, laboratory staff and program graduates were on hand to meet with prospective students and...

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Dr. Matthew Kohn welcomes the 2016 incoming class of REU students

Wadsworth Welcomes 2016 Summer Undergraduate Scientists

During the summer, the Wadsworth Center hosts undergraduate students from across the country to conduct research under the mentorship of our Principal Investigators. 

Students work in the labs on independent research projects and are supported through a number of means...

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