• 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

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What is PRISM?

What are the benefits?

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  • 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.
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What do students say?

Charlotte Pfamatter '21
Integrated Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences Concentration
"PRISM has been a pivotal point in my undergraduate career. I was constantly learning through my research, and Dr. Gee challenged me with our intensive fieldwork and laboratory skills. My confidence soared as an aspiring scientist. This program is critical for fostering the gifts of young science students and creating a meaningful experience for a future generation of researchers and citizen leaders. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to do graduate-level work as a rising junior."

PRISM Coordinator

Dr. Sarah E.G. Porter

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Chichester Science Center 308D

(434) 395-2926