Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The 2014 Summer Research Apprentice Program Begins!

SRAP student Holden meets
his mentor, Franco Basile
With the school year coming to a close, many students are preparing for summer jobs, vacations and relaxation. But for 22 students from around the United States, their summer plans include gearing up for the 2014 Summer Research Apprentice Program (SRAP), a 6-week, intensive research program at the University of Wyoming.

On June 8th, students arrived in Laramie, WY to begin a summer of research, education and fun. Each student was placed in a lab to work with a mentor, to spend the next six weeks conducting research and learning new concepts. Participating departments on campus represent a diverse array of STEM fields including botany, engineering, psychology, hydrology, geology and geophysics. At the end of the program, each student will write an in-depth research paper and present their research to their peers and mentors.
SRAP 2014 Staff and Program Coordinator, Lisa Abeyta (right)
 “SRAP is a great program to introduce high school students into college life,” says Lisa Abeyta, Student Research Programs Coordinator. “This program not only allows students to gain experience in the lab, but also to gain a sense of independence.”

Over 200 students applied for a spot in the 29th annual SRAP program. Of that, twenty-two exceptional students were chosen to participate.

Outside of the lab, students will create friendships with other participants, take educational field trips, and enjoy all that Laramie and the surrounding area has to offer.

Last year, students hiked the trails at Vedauwoo, visited the Denver Zoo, took part in an etiquette dinner and practiced yoga, along with other fun activities. Many additional activities are planned for students this year, including a night at the Jelm Mountain Observatory outside Laramie.

SRAP 2014 participants
SRAP is Wyoming EPSCoR’s longest running program. It was started in 1985 to provide minority and first-generation, college-bound students with hands-on experience in the STEM fields.

“We are proud of SRAP and the students that have come through the program,” Lisa says. “Students have gone on to pursue their goals and achieve their dreams.”

Stay tuned to our blog this summer for weekly highlights on SRAP participants and their research! You can read all about past participants by searching “SRAP” in our archives.

By Robin Rasmussen
Photos by Robin Rasmussen and Robert Waggener

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