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Summer Program for Undergraduate Research


Scientific Research Matters

MVNU's Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) exists to allow MVNU students the opportunity to conduct faculty-mentored scientific research. This is important because undergraduate research is a high-impact practice that not only contributes to learning but also student retention, graduation rates, and acceptance into graduate and professional programs.

SPUR requires students to complete 8 weeks of faculty-mentored research, submit a summary report, present a poster during MVNU's Homecoming activities, and present orally during MVNU's spring Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Works (sURC). Some students even present their work at professional conferences in their fields!

Projects include investigations of:

  • A design of a sensor for assessing human brain motion during concussive events
  • Freshwater aquatic insects
  • Factors affecting membrane permeability
  • Degradation and corrosion processes of zirconia
  • Automatic generation of reaction networks on metal nanoparticles
  • Improvements in computer-based identification of obstructed images

Would you be willing to sponsor a student researcher this summer?

Be sure to specify your gift is for "Student Research."

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