• 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

Student doing PRISM research

What is PRISM?

What are the benefits?

Students and professor doing research with crayfish
  • With a focus on intense research and tangible results, 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 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 and board for participation in the program.
  • Funding is also provided for equipment, supplies and travel.
Ri’Shawn Bassette ’17 in a lab doing research as part of the PRISM program

What do students say?

Joseph Gills '15
Math & Computer Science Major
"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."

PRISM Coordinator

Dr. Sarah E.G. Porter

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Chichester Science Center 308D

(434) 395-2926