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Undergraduate Research

As I read Reginald Halaby's opinion article on undergraduate research,1 I had a sense of deja vu. All the experiments he described have been done. We do and have been doing what he promotes at Barry University, my home institution, for well over 15 years. At many institutions with high minority populations, the type of exposure to undergraduate science research he describes is routinely available for talented science students from underrepresented groups. Many of these institutions have been qu

Elizabeth Hays
As I read Reginald Halaby's opinion article on undergraduate research,1 I had a sense of deja vu. All the experiments he described have been done. We do and have been doing what he promotes at Barry University, my home institution, for well over 15 years.

At many institutions with high minority populations, the type of exposure to undergraduate science research he describes is routinely available for talented science students from underrepresented groups. Many of these institutions have been quite successful in providing enriching undergraduate research environments that well prepare the students for graduate study at the major research universities. Unfortunately these types of opportunities have not been as readily available for non-underrepresented science students. While the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) has been promoting undergraduate research opportunities for all students at nonresearch universities and colleges, limited promotion or very limited opportunities for undergraduate science research exists at most...

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