Internship program promotes chemical and biological research

To produce more graduates qualified to conduct research in both chemistry and biology‚ Kennesaw State began an innovative internship program three years ago that will conclude this summer.

Georgia (Jun 26, 2006) — To produce more graduates qualified to conduct research in both chemistry and biology‚ Kennesaw State began an innovative internship program three years ago that will conclude this summer.

The program‚ funded by a grant provided by Merck Pharmaceutical and the American Association for the Advancement of Science‚ provides $3‚000 stipends for five highly qualified and motivated students to conduct interdisciplinary research over a 10−week summer period. Alongside faculty members‚ each student works on a research project that encourages the use of both chemistry and biology.

“The Merck/2FAAAS grant serves to advocate and cement the interdisciplinary research programs that are currently budding between the departments of chemistry and biology‚” said professor Marina Koether.

Undergraduate student Jacyln Waier’s research‚ which includes the analysis of the photosynthetic rates of understory plants using a portable gas exchange system‚ has given her real research experience that will benefit her in her future career.

“The research we are doing is new‚” she said. “There is not much out there on the species we are studying. This has been a great chance for me to delve deep into biotechnology. Also‚ it has taught me quite a bit about what true original research is like.”

Throughout the 10 weeks‚ students learn skills that will not just benefit them in the scientific field‚ but in other learning environments‚ as well.

“This program has exposed me to various research techniques and really strengthened my critical thinking skills‚” said senior Sheel Patel. “All in all‚ it is an invaluable asset regardless of whether my future career involves research or not.”

After concluding their research‚ each student will give a formal report at the Annual Symposium of Student Scholars‚ which allows them to present what they have learned to a large academic audience.




 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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