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The University of Virginia's LSAMP pipeline continues to provide student opportunities



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Throughout the summer of 2010, the Center for Diversity in Engineering (CDE) worked diligently to recruit science, technology, engineering, and math students into the Bridge program.

BRIDGE is an intensive six-week summer program, designed to assist incoming first-year students in making a smooth transition from high school to college. Through participation in BRIDGE, students from underrepresented populations receive instruction and academic credit in difficult subjects that are usually offered during the fall semester, while gaining first-hand experience with college life at U.Va. 

Each year, the CDE recruits incoming students from underrepresented populations who indicate an interest in STEM for this program. From our efforts this past summer, we were able to recruit and cover the expenses for eleven students to actively participate in this transition program.  Carolyn Vallas, Director for the CDE, states that “we would love to see more students interested in this program.”

Knowing that students frequently seek employment over the summer, we offered BRIDGE students the opportunity for our office to help them in finding summer positions as research assistants or interns, following the completion of their first year of undergraduate study which helped to build the LSAMP pipeline at U.Va.

We know that placing rising second year students into an undergraduate research experience can transform their career pathway and help to diversify the graduate population and STEM workforce of the future. Collectively from the 2008 and 2009 BRIDGE classes, we have helped 6 students to gain hands-on research experience either at the completion of their first or second year.

For the summer of 2011, we hope to place an even larger number of students in research laboratories throughout the disciplines of engineering, biology, physics, neuroscience, chemistry, and computer science. Through these engaging experiences, undergraduate researchers benefit from daily hands-on pedagogy in a laboratory research setting under the guidance of faculty members and graduate students. 

For additional information about the U.Va.-LSAMP REU program or to obtain an application for the 2011 program, please visit this website. The U.Va.-LSAMP REU deadline is February 23rd.

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