National Science Foundation Summer Undergraduate Research Program

More information on the NSF-STC at Virginia Tech and the NSF-STC Educational Programs no longer exists but what remains is archived here for reference.
The 1995 NSF-STC SURP program which consists of 30 undergraduates is taking place at Virginia Tech starting May 22 for eleven weeks. With more than 300 applicants from all over the U.S., the filter of excellence for selection is indeed fine, in this Seventh Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Most participants are rising seniors, having top 5% grades and excellent recommendations. Women and minorities are especially well represented. By combining funds from several sources, the participating faculty now number 21, and some will sponsor two students. This is certainly one of the largest programs of this type in this country.

A stipend of $4500 is provided from which the students pay rent (about $600). The participants are expected to work intensely with daily guidance from faculty and graduate students. Assistance with methodology, organization, analysis and recording of data, and with scientific deduction are provided. One two-hour SURP group meeting per week is required where career enhancing topics are discussed.

The SURP culminates with a "mini-symposium" of oral presentations attended by the faculty and participants. At this event, fifteen minute formal presentations of research results demonstrate each student's accomplishments. A final written report of peer-review publication quality is also required and forms the basis of a large bound journal from our NSF Science and Technology Center.

Summary of the 1995 SURP Student Projects

1. Timothy Bass, Project Description
2. Natasha Case, Project Description
3. Micheal Curtis, Project Description
4. Hans DeSmidt, Project Description
5. Lorraine Dupersoy, Project Description
6. Holly Gurbacki, Project Description
7. Christopher Harris, Resume / Project Description
8. William Heard, Resume / Project Description
9. Monique Jackson, Project Description
10. Lawino Kagumba, Project Description
11. Njeri Lawrence, Resume / Project Description
12. Julie Martin, Resume / Project Description
13. Fred McBagonluri-Nuuri, Project Description
14. Takia Oglesby, Resume / Project Description
15. Michael Owellen, Resume / Project Description
16. Kibley Parker, Resume / Project Description
17. Bethany Revak, Resume / Project Description
18. Joel Schall, Resume / Project Description
19. Todd Scheele, Project Description
20. Marc Schultz, Project Description
21. Corey Senowitz, Resume / Project Description
22. Christy Sensenich, Project Description
23. Dan Shantz, Project Description
24. Becky Sheridan, Resume / Project Description
25. Paul Sholtz, Project Description
26. Keisha Sopher, Resume / Project Description
27. Rebecca Ortiz, Project Description
28. Kiersten Urban, Project Description
29. Neda Vukmirovic, Project Description
30. Michael Yilma, Resume / Proposed Project / Final Project.

Background information on the origin of this page

This summary was an optional part of the SURP program where students voluntarily participated on creating resumes, project descriptions and final project summaries for web access. Two classes were organized and taught by Dr. R.D. Kriz where approximately 1/3 of the students participated. Results are posted above. To establish uniformity Ms. Joyce Moser typed up all of the Project Descriptions into a common format. The students did their own resumes. Ms. Joyce Moser continued her efforts by creating a very nice web summary of the SURP Educational Program with information for next years program.

Revised November 22, 1995

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