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 archived here for reference.
The 1996 NSF-STC SURP program which consists of 30 undergraduates is taking place at Virginia Tech starting May 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 1996 Summer & SURP Student Projects

Project Advisor: Dr. R.D. Kriz

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 will be organized and taught by Dr. R.D. Kriz. Results are posted above. To establish uniformity Ms. Joyce Moser will type up all of the Project Descriptions into a common format. The students will do their own resumes. Ms. Joyce Moser will be responsible for organizing the Web page for the SURP Educational Program with information for next years program.

Revised May 25 1996

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