Undergraduate research at the Krasnow Institute….

I’ve written a lot about our doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. What readers of Advanced Studies may not know is that the Institute is filled with George Mason undergraduates also.

The undergraduate research experience at Krasnow usually involves intense laboratory bench work, collaborating with fellow students and especially frequent one-on-one interactions with our faculty members. It’s one of the great ways that the Institute supports the Students as Scholars programs here at Mason.

If you are a George Mason undergraduate student and you are interested in the possibility of having an experience like this, as part of your college experience, just drop me a line and we’ll see what might work.

Heading Past Third Base on Summer

We’re only about four weeks out from the beginning of the Fall semester here at George Mason.  Already, you can feel the campus gearing up. Today at Academic Council we went over the University’s QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) to substantially increase undergraduate participation in scholarship and creativity over the next years. This is quite exciting to me because of how clearly valuable undergraduate research experiences are to the success of future scientists. Both at NIH and at the MBL, I got to see this first hand. Good science is inherently a creative endeavor. And when one experiences creative science during the undergraduate years, science becomes a passion.

In the meantime, I’m headed to Woods Hole next week. What’s not to love about that?