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Summer students take the next step toward graduate school

July 26th, 2017


When Xavier Durham enrolled at the University of Texas-Austin, where he is now a senior, he had no intention of becoming an academic. This summer at Princeton University, he is exploring what such a career might look like in his key field of interest — sociology. Durham is attending the Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE), a program the Graduate School runs for college students interested in pursuing doctoral studies. Durham’s PSURE experience has confirmed that he is on the right path. “PSURE has reinforced my desire to be an academic,” he said. “I want to contribute to this body of knowledge.”

PSURE lasts just eight weeks, but the benefits to the seven participating students from around the country will remain many years into the future. The annual program, which runs this year through Aug. 5, is designed for undergraduates who have completed their sophomore or junior years and who express a serious interest in pursuing a Ph.D. and a career in college or university teaching and research. Undergraduates who are historically underrepresented in academia or those who attend public institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

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