26 students taking part in CIC summer research at Penn State

June 18, 2003

University Park, Pa. -- This summer, The Graduate School's Office of Graduate Educational Equity is playing host to 26 undergraduate students who are taking part in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's (CIC) Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at Penn State.

The SROP program was initiated in 1986 by the CIC graduate schools deans to encourage talented students from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate study and subsequently academic careers. The primary component of the program is designed to immerse sophomores and juniors in intensive, in-depth research experiences where they work one-on-one with faculty mentors. Enrichment activities also are offered to broaden students' views of graduate education and research; to strengthen their technical skills so that they will be better prepared for graduate study; and to create esprit de corps.

In July, participants from all the CIC universities attend the annual SROP Conference, where they have the opportunity to discuss their projects with one another, to hear talks given by former participants and to learn about graduate admission procedures and financial aid. This year, the annual SROP Conference will be held July 25-27 at the University of Minnesota.

At the end of the SROP program, students are required to write a paper and an abstract describing their research projects and to present the results of their work at a campus symposium. This year's SROP Research Symposium, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29 at The Nittany Lion Inn, is open to the University community.

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