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The Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE) provides a unique opportunity for high achieving students that goes beyond their work in the classroom. LURE gives Lakeland students the ability to conduct original and publishable research, thereby setting themselves apart from other graduates of liberal arts institutions.
Participants design, conduct, troubleshoot and analyze their own scientific research projects under the direct supervision of a faculty member during a 10-week, paid, summer internship. The work culminates with students presenting their research at various conferences around the country. The program was started in 2004 by Associate Professor of Biology Greg Smith, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Biochemistry Jeffrey Schwehm, Ph.D.
The program provides opportunities for Lakeland students to utilize the advanced facilities in Lakeland's Chase Science Center. A $3.2 million renovation of Chase in the past decade has allowed the faculty and students of Lakeland's Natural Science division to immerse themselves in research and learning at a level unlike most other small liberal arts schools.
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In the last five years, 28 students have graduated after participating in the LURE program, and 15 of those students have gone on to graduate programs, including medical school, pharmacy school, genetic counseling, and 10 in research Ph.D. programs in biology, biochemistry and chemistry. Notable graduates include:
For more information about the LURE program, contact Greg Smith at (920) 565-1575 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.