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Program Overview

An Overview of the Program

The Division of Natural Sciences’ Summer Undergraduate Research Program supports student-faculty research projects in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics. These research experiences are only available to PLU students, and are designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students who are interested in research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, student-researchers will work on an ongoing research project and present their findings both orally and in poster form.

Opportunities in the research program typically last a duration of 10 weeks, and run from June 2017 to August 2017.  However, a few research experiences last less than 10 weeks.

In addition to working on a research project, the student-researchers will participate in professional development workshops designed, for example, to facilitate the preparation of competitive applications for graduate/medical school.

Students who are accepted into the program will be provided a stipend of $4,500.

The selection process is competitive, and about one-third to half of the applicants are awarded positions.