Biology Student Accepted into Prestigious Research Program

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Freshman Kimberly Acevedo will be taking part in a competitive research program for undergraduates at Clemson University this summer.

Freshman biology student Kimberly Acevedo of Brewster, NY, has been accepted into a prestigious 10-week summer program at Clemson University for students who are exploring a career in biological research. Acevedo is one of just ten students accepted into Clemson University’s National Science Foundation REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Program.  There were more than 300 applicants. 

Acevedo hopes that the intensive research program at the South Carolina school will help her decide on a career path. “I’m not sure whether I want to go to medical school or if I want to do research so I figured having a summer internship for research at Clemson University will help me determine if I want to do research or not,” she said.

The summer program is called, From Genomes to Phenomes – Exploring Function Across Scales. “The REU that Kim will participate in will provide her with experience not afforded to many freshmen,” said Bernadette Connors, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology. “She will have an opportunity to work with Clemson researchers on a significant and meaningful ecological project.  The work she completes this summer will enhance her opportunities post-graduation, and give her insight into the multiple career paths that an education in biology can provide.”

Some of the highlights of the program include:

  • Individual mentored research from faculty members
  • Field trips, as well as workshops on scientific writing, giving presentations, and applying for both graduate school and fellowships
  • A $5,250 stipend, free room and board at the college, and travel costs up to $500

The program runs from May 22 – July 29, 2016.

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