Students selected for the competitive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program conduct research at a number of host colleges or universities across the nation. The REU appointments, awarded to students studying science, engineering or mathematics, are among the most prestigious summer programs available to undergraduates.
“The program was started by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a way of getting undergraduates involved in the type of research projects that are funded by the NSF at the large research institutions in the United States,” said Dr. John F. Neeson, chair of the Department of Physics at St. Bonaventure. “It is a realistic recognition by the NSF of the fact that large research institutions benefit from the talent pool of students that is developed in a spectrum of institutions that exist in the country.”
Donius will spend 10 weeks at the University of Idaho doing research with an active research group composed of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. His award includes a $4,500 stipend, housing and travel expenses.
Mulholland’s 10-week program at the University of Florida includes a $4,700 stipend as well as housing and travel expenses. He will participate in 30 hours of research per week under the supervision of a faculty member.
Both programs include seminars, workshops, field trips and free time for students to explore their locales.
“We are delighted that Jacob and Troy have been chosen to participate in the summer 2009 programs,” said Neeson. “They join a list of students representing our Department of Physics that goes back to the inception of the program over 20 years ago. The faculty views our students’ participation in the program as a way of evaluating our best students but also as a means of evaluating the training we provide them.”
Donius is the son of Robert and Kim Donius of Alfred Station, N.Y. Mulholland is the son of Timothy and Belinda Mulholland of Dewittville, N.Y.
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