Grant Expands Summer Science Research

By Mike McAlpin

Biochemistry major Gabrielle Diaz ’11.

The School of Science received a one-year $117,000 National Science Foundation grant the College’s new initiative, Bay Bridge Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).
The NSF grant allowed 10 additional students to participate in summer science research projects beginning in June. The REU program complements the College’s existing summer research program, which supports 10 SMC students working with professors on research projects.

Saint Mary’s students comprised half the REU cohort, with the remaining students coming from other colleges and universities, including UC Berkeley and UC Davis.

“The NSF receives hundreds of proposals from across the nation. Receiving this grant is an emblem of our academic excellence and capable faculty,” says Ron Olowin, former chair of the College’s physics and astronomy department and worked on the new program.

The REU program started 23 years ago to enhance undergraduate research experiences and ensure an adequate supply of quality scientists and engineers for the future.