First-Year Research Experience: Poster Session 2013
Atrium, Integrated Sciences Building
The 2013 CNS First-Year Research Experience (FRE) places well-prepared, incoming undergraduates in faculty research groups in the very first semester they are on the UMass Amherst campus in order to get students hooked on authentic research experiences, and encourage them to build on- and off-campus research experiences into their programs. The 2013 program culminated in a poster session on December 10 and 11 in the Atrium of the Integrated Sciences Building.
First begun in 2009 with just 15 students, the FRE program now includes 40 students in 27 faculty labs across nine CNS departments. “It’s a win-win situation,” says chemistry professor Julian Tyson, the program's coordinator. “The students end up with a very impressive record of research as undergraduates, maybe even a publication or two, which gives them a competitive edge when it comes to grad school, med school, or even NSF fellowship applications. As the students are starting early, the faculty for whom they eventually work as juniors and seniors benefit by having competent, experienced, productive workers in their groups.” Many of the students who were presenting their posters had already made plans for their next research experience in the spring and were looking ahead to the possibilities for the summer.
Professor Tyson encourages former student participants to tell him about their subsequent research. Faculty members who have not been involved are also invited to contact Professor Tyson at Tyson@cns.umass.edu.
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