Friday, June 7, 2013

SRAP 2013: Beginning a Summer of Research

SRAP students from 2010

The weekend is fast approaching, but for Summer Research Apprentice Program (SRAP) participants and coordinator Lisa Abeyta, that does not mean rest and relaxation. Instead, the twenty-two high school students enrolled in the program will travel to the University of Wyoming and Lisa will be ready to meet them. This weekend’s activities include moving into the Honors House, where the students will live for the six-week program and a welcome lunch with Vice President of the Office of Research and Economic Development, Bill Gern.
On Monday, the students will begin their research in science labs alongside graduate students and professors. These research projects are intended to give SRAP participants real, hands-on experience in scientific research in order to encourage and support students interested in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Each student will work on a unique project, which will culminate in a written paper and oral presentation.
SRAP was started in 1985 to provide minority and first-generation, college-bound students with hands-on experience in STEM fields. It is Wyoming EPSCoR’s longest running program and this year we are excited to have students working in fields as varied as Watershed Management, Chemical Engineering and Psychology. 

By Kali S. McCrackin
Photo courtesy of Mariah Strike

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