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The Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative (IRC) has in recent years been funded largely by a grant from the Edwards Lifesciences Fund. The primary purpose of the IRC is to enhance the education of Rose-Hulman undergraduate students by supporting research experiences and ancillary activities.

The primary goal of the IRC Summer Research Program (SRP) is to provide Rose-Hulman undergraduate students an opportunity to build interdisciplinary research, teamwork and communication skills. Another objective is to increase student’s motivation to pursue graduate studies. The next SRP will be conducted during a 10-week period during the summer of 2015, beginning on June 8. The core of the experience is participation in a vigorous laboratory research program. The 2015 SRP will be supervised by Dr. Allen Broughton (Mathematics) and Dr. Mark Brandt (Chemistry & Biochemistry), with research opportunities available in several different laboratories at Rose-Hulman. To find a research opportunity, talk to faculty members on campus, and ask to join their research efforts.
Throughout the ten-week period, students will also participate in weekly meetings and ancillary activities sponsored by the IRC. These activities will include collaborating with other SRP students to investigate cutting-edge research, preparing brief presentations for IRC meetings, and submitting a short paper detailing their research progress.  Students are also expected to present the results of their research efforts at the Annual IRC Undergraduate Research Symposium in the fall of the 2014-15 academic year.

All Rose-Hulman undergraduate students who are interested in performing research at Rose-Hulman and who are not expecting to graduate in May 2015 are encouraged to apply. Selection of participants will be based on the completed application and attachments.

Application materials must be submitted using the Moodle RSURP page no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Funding includes a stipend and on-campus housing for the 10-week period. Students may elect to purchase a meal-plan from ARA food services or shop off-campus.

Program Directors
      Peter Coppinger, Ph.D.
      Moench D-225 (x8591)
      Department of Biology & Biomedical Engineering

      Mark Brandt, Ph.D.
      Moench FL-109 (x8406)
      Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
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      Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
      5500 Wabash Ave.
      Terre Haute, IN 47803
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The Edwards Lifesciences Fund

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