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Five Mount St. Mary's University Students Awarded NSF Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

Mount St. Mary's University

July 22, 2021


Mount students who were awarded these prestigious fellowships are researching and developing detection methods of the COVID-19 virus, new alternatives for solar power production, improved methods to prepare complex drug molecules like pharmaceuticals and natural products, and the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis. Each REU-Site consists of a group of approximately 10 undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution; each student is associated with a specific research project where they work closely with the faculty and other researchers. Fellowships include stipends and funds for housing and travel.

“NSF-REU programs provide great opportunities for our students to learn new skills, expand their professional networks and gain valuable experience for their post-Mount careers,” said Assistant Professor of Chemistry Patrick Lombardi, Ph.D., who promotes the NSF-REU opportunities in his general chemistry course. The five fellowship recipients applied to REU-Sites at the start of the 2021 spring semester.

Within their applications, students explain how their research will prepare them for their future careers and establish which principal investigators at the funding site they are most interested in working alongside. Once accepted, the students are paired with a principal investigator’s research group for about 8 to10 weeks during the summer.