Careers in science, engineering and medicine often require devoting years to academic preparation. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to “test drive” your career choice before you committed years of education to a specific career path? The participants in UC’s annual Research Experience for Women Undergraduates (REWU) program had just that opportunity this summer. Even better — they were paid for their experiential learning.
|Post Doc student Alice Nyakeri and WISE student Zahra Sadat-Hossieny working on the role of CD4 engagement on T-Cell Activation.|
Ultimately, the overarching goal of the WISE/REWU program is to involve more women in the research process early in their scientific careers. More specifically to the young women, however, is a chance to experience research outside their majors or within their majors. The students could apply for one of almost 50 options, based on the faculty description of the project and the discipline. Through this hands-on research experience, the students can focus their career goals and perhaps adjust the steps needed to achieve them.
|WISE student Jessica Miller works on the mechano biology of growth.|
“I really respect my mentor. She is an intelligent woman in the science field, who has balanced a great career with family and fun,” says Miller. “She has inspired me to look into PhD programs when I apply to vet school.”
Meghan Welch, an education major with a science minor, enjoyed her summer in the geology lab — well, out in the field (and on the face of outcrops) — so much that she has decided to switch her major to full-time geology. Welch enjoyed the chance to do real research.
|WISE Student Meghan Welch studies the sedimentary cycles in the Ordovician|
Summary of 2006 projects
2006 Application Process (the timeline will be similar for 2007)