Depending on the nature of their project, students will dedicate 35 to 50 hours a week to research. They will utilize library resources, participate in fieldwork, engage in data collection, and may occasionally find themselves working into the night. Over the course of the program, students will learn to effectively describe their research findings in a technical research paper, present at a formal academic symposium, and earn college credits that will become part of their permanent record. Due to its intensive nature, students may not concurrently enroll in other courses, activities, or programs during RMP.
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Research Project Selection
Our program is unique because it allows students to explore areas of interest from a wide variety of interdisciplinary research topics. They will choose projects and be paired with a mentor (graduate student, postdoc, or faculty) who is a field expert to conduct hands-on, university-level research.
Research topics change each summer depending on the available mentors; however, the focus is always on recent research developments that demonstrate the use of university-level methods of investigation in departments across campus. Research areas include, but are not limited to: