Longwood University Perspectives on Research In Science & Mathematics (LU-PRISM)
What is LU-PRISM?
- An 8-week, summer research program for Longwood STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) students modeled after the extremely successful Research Experiences of Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation
- A program that combines practical training in specific research techniques with activities designed to put research into the context of larger goals of modern science, technology, and mathematics
- A program that pairs a faculty member with a student so that one-on-one collaboration occurs in an effort to make significant strides on novel projects in biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics, and psychology
What are the benefits of the program?
- With a focus on intense research and tangible results, LU-PRISM aims to put students at the center of the research process.
- Students are immersed in an intense research environment where they identify and explore project ideas that they are interested in pursuing.
- Students report their findings to faculty and other interested parties and are critiqued by their peers.
- Students receive a $3,500 stipend and free room & board for participation in the program
- Funding is also provided for equipment, supplies, and travel
What do students say about their participation in the program?
"I have grown both professionally and academically because of my participation in the PRISM program this past summer. The eight weeks that I spent on campus working one-on-one with faculty members has helped me solidify methods and practices that I have learned in my courses and it has taught me how to investigate solutions to problems on my own. The relationship that I formed with my mentor, Dr. Wears, will be one that I will never forget and is one of my most valuable college experiences." Mr. Joseph Gills, Mathematics & Computer Science major, Class of 2015