AU professors establish summer research program for minorities

Published: May 1, 2008 1:00:00 AM
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Source: AUDaily

Omar Oyarzabal, assistant professor in Poultry Science and chair of the College of Agriculture Diversity Committee, and Jeffrey Fergus, Mechanical Engineering associate professor, have landed a three-year, $210,000 National Science Foundation grant to establish a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program at Auburn. In each of the program's three years, 10 undergraduate students from underrepresented minorities will come to Auburn to participate in 10-week, hands-on summer research projects involving sensor and biosensor development.

The students selected as this summer's participants are from colleges and universities in California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Oklahoma. They will be at AU from May 28 through Aug. 1. Faculty members from the colleges of Agriculture, Engineering and Sciences and Mathematics will serve as mentors for the participants.  Some of these students will work in the department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering.

More information is available at www.ag.auburn.edu/nsfbiosensors/.