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Chemistry faculty host VA-NC Alliance & FYRE undergraduate summer researchers

Over ten undergraduates from the VA-NC Alliance & FYRE programs joined Chemistry laboratories for a summer research experience.

The First Year Research Experience (FYRE) program is being piloted by the UVA  Physics and Chemistry departments this summer. The 7 student participants are first year students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)  in the Leadership Alliance. This program provides undergraduates from underrepresented groups with valuable research and professional development experience early in their education, an opportunity typically reserved for junior and senior students.  Faculty members interested in working with students submit a brief description of their research. Students then apply to the faculty members with shared interest. Faculty members then select the students they would like to advise.  During an intensive 8-week residential program, students receive practical guidance on their research, as well as academic and professional preparation via interactions with faculty, administrators and graduate students. The goal of the program is to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in research to consider STEM majors, graduate school and careers in academia and the STEM workforce.

The Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research Program provides undergraduate students majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) opportunities for Research Internships at the University of Virginia. The program enables students to gain experience in various fields of STEM research. Emphasis is placed on conducting research in a lab setting where well-defined research goals, frequent communication, and significant contributions from multiple investigators are central to the success of a given project. This experience comes in the form of mentored and independent research culminating in a final presentation. The program offers a writing workshop, guest speaker presentations on topics related to STEM, and field trips to local attractions. This is an outstanding opportunity for students considering applying to graduate school.