The program allows students to interact with real research challenges, sourced from the university, while simultaneously exploring what they enjoy about various research fields. Students gain valuable exposure ranging from fields such as biochemistry and environmental history to arts and humanities.
“ASU is committed to expanding research opportunities for our students, including highly motivated and bright students from
The first stage of the program will run until
“We are excited for our users to build a robust, online research community, and test out the ideas we’ve been working on for the past several months to build a space for any student, anywhere, to gain a window into the university,” said Scheckel. “And, to be a model for researchers to expose students to real projects while simultaneously providing high-quality, student-driven mentorship.”
The program is geared toward passionate high school students, engaged researchers and university students as mentors.
Approximately 250 students from three
Projects are developed by professors at ASU, although eventually, students will be encouraged to submit suggestions about research they are currently working on or would like to work on in the future.
Students work on projects in teams, ranging from three to five members, overseen by a university student mentor.
“As a lab we are thrilled to be getting involved in this pioneering program at the ground level,” said
“Providing young students access to real lab experiences, research, and senior mentors is an ideal way to prepare them for the future, no matter what their area of interest or career path is. The approach to conducting research is very logical, and in most cases the lessons learned from systematically analyzing a research problem can directly be translated to our everyday lives. We are also excited about the prospect of evaluating our own research challenges using the data and feedback that we receive from the mentee’s ‘fresh pairs of eyes’.”
Yan is the primary investigator in one of Quanta’s original projects, where he and his students explore different models of nanoscale DNA structures. DNA origami has broad implications in the future of nanotechnology and students will be designing and testing the stability of different DNA structures and identifying ways to simplify them.
The goal of Quanta is to expand student enrollment for the spring phase and deepen the program’s reach beyond
The next cohort of the project will begin in
For more information, visit quanta.asu.edu.
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11225834.htm
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