Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Diversity in Chemistry
Determined to get summer research experience, Bufan Zhang, a rising senior at Vassar College, cold emailed chemistry faculty outside of her institution asking about open positions. One of the few replies came from Brad Carrow, an assistant professor of chemistry at Princeton University.
He encouraged her to apply to the department’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Diversity in Chemistry (SURP-DC). The nine-week program lets students from underrepresented groups at other undergraduate institutions conduct research full-time in a Princeton chemistry lab over the summer.
“The goal is to give the students an opportunity they wouldn’t have elsewhere,” said Susan VanderKam, a lecturer in the chemistry department and manager of diversity initiatives, who helms SURP-DC. The summer program is excellent due to the strength of the undergraduate research program that already exists for Princeton students, she said.
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