Students and Faculty Pursue Research Together

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While some spend summer basking in the sun, about 200 Harvey Mudd College students will pursue summer research projects alongside 46 faculty members in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics.

Nearly 100 projects will be underway, ranging from tissue engineering and nanoelectrochemistry to shark tracking and robotics. Many employ interdisciplinary skills.

The projects are part of HMC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, which engages students in 10 weeks of full-time research.

“Students get experience with new equipment, protocols, programs and more,” said Elizabeth Orwin, professor of engineering and associate dean for research and experiential learning. “These experiences reinforce their coursework and allow them to explore new ideas.”

The program will include the Stauffer Lecture Series, where faculty present on a variety of scientific topics to enrich students’ understanding and knowledge.