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Summer Research Opportunity

Applications for Summer 2020 are currently closed. During Fall 2020, we will open applications for Summer 2021.

The Chemistry Department at LVC is happy to offer Research First, a program that provides opportunities for incoming LVC freshmen to work with college faculty/student research teams during the summer before their freshman year of college.  This 40 hours per week immersion experience in scientific research provides opportunities to learn many new laboratory techniques. Based on high school records and experience, we will select a limited number of incoming LVC freshmen for this program. Research First students will:

  • Spend 4 weeks in the summer of working on discovery research at LVC
  • Receive a stipend of $350 per week
  • Receive room and board while staying at the college
  • Get an exciting head start on their college experience

As a Research First student, you will become involved in challenging and interesting research areas that include:

  1. developing biological catalysts for electrochemical sensing and energy production
  2. synthesizing new types of metal complexing agents that can scavenge toxic metals from wastewater streams,
  3. finding new techniques for synthesizing peptides for pharmaceutical applications,
  4. mapping the critical sites on a key target enzyme for use in chemotherapy and anti-rejection drugs, and
  5. developing new nanocatalysts that can destroy environmentally-toxic organic compounds.

We will teach you everything you need to know to do meaningful research in the laboratory. You will learn much and get to know science students and faculty at LVC, all before you begin college in the fall!

If you match the profile given below, we encourage you to apply for Research First. In our selection process for this program, we will be looking for students who:

  • Will graduate in the top 20% of their high school class
  • Have strong high school backgrounds in science and mathematics
  • Scored 1200 or greater combined on the SAT math and verbal exams.
  • Have an innate sense of curiosity and a genuine interest in discovery research

Acceptances are made each year on a rolling basis. Questions? Call Dr. Wally Patton at 717-867-6827.