CEWiT accepting applications for undergraduate researchers

The Center of Excellence for Women in Technology is accepting applications for their Emerging Scholars Research Experiences for Undergraduate Women.

Any first or second year female students at IU can apply by Sept. 5 to be paired with a faculty mentor to work on different research projects. Those chosen will spend eight to 10 hours a week on their research project, which will begin in the second half of the fall semester, and take a 2-credit second semester class.

REU gives these students an opportunity to work with professors and better understand research, something many undergraduates don’t normally get to do, said Margaret Dolinsky, associate professor and CEWiT faculty alliance 

“It’s a very hands-on practical course for undergraduates who are interested in doing research and working with professors,” Dolinsky said.

The program, which started in 2014, also offers up to $1,000 in scholarships to students.

Students who are applying can look through the projects offered this year and decide which they want to be a part of. From there, professors can decide who they want to accept for their research.

The projects vary from department to department but cover a broad range of topics.

Some projects this year include gaining lab experience through microbiology, developing communication skills, and working with robots in the School of Informatics and Computing, among others.

“What we’re hoping is that students can get better mentorship from faculty and a better connection to the university,” Dolinsky said. “We want them to learn how research can impact their experience at IU.”

At the end of the spring semester, the scholars will take part in a poster session, a chance for them to present their research in front of faculty.

Dolinsky said the research can help open students’ minds to different disciplines and areas of study. It can help them think about things in a different way and learn what’s happening across departments and areas of research.

CEWiT works to empower, encourage and promote women in technology-related fields, according to its website. It brings multiple disciplines together through campaigns, alliances and research, among others.

REU is a phenomenal way to for young women to get experience and mentorship, she added.

“It’s a way for students to see what’s happening behind the locked doors of these research labs,” 
Dolinksy said.

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