New Rose Research Fellows Program Launched for Freshman and Sophomore Students

Monday, April 17, 2023
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Highlighting undergraduate research opportunities on campus, Rose Research Fellows will be provided with paid research experiences and opportunities to develop a valuable academic network with faculty and fellow students.

Rose-Hulman has launched a unique research fellowship program designed to give the world’s most gifted science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students the opportunity to conduct meaningful research during their first and second years on campus.

The new Rose Research Fellows program creates an environment of excitement and recognition for undergraduate research on the Rose-Hulman campus. Students enroll in courses that introduce the process of research and provide skills for success in the laboratory. Rose Research Fellows provide students with face-to-face classes, paid research experiences and opportunities to develop a valuable academic network with faculty and fellow students. The program is open to incoming and current first- and second-year students. 

Space is limited in this new program and the first group of student fellows will begin in fall 2023.

“We wanted to offer an opportunity for students to get involved with research right away when they get to Rose,” said Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Irene Reizman, PhD. Reizman created the Rose Research Fellows program as part of her position as the Alfred R. Schmidt Endowed Chair for Excellence in Teaching. “This program creates a pathway for students to find faculty with active research projects, as well as for faculty members to find interested students,” she said. 

Reizman believes the Rose Research Fellows program illustrates the unique advantages that Rose-Hulman offers students. 

“With Rose-Hulman’s focus on undergraduate education and given the size of our campus, it allows students to have an opportunity to work directly with faculty on research. That’s not always possible with other schools,” said Reizman. 

In addition to the course credit and access to faculty research mentors, students accepted to the fellowship program will be invited to attend networking and speaker events, apply for research travel awards, and present their work at a spring research symposium. The program also prepares students for career and post-graduate opportunities. 

“The Rose Research Fellows program provides students with research opportunities from their very first weeks at Rose-Hulman,” said Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons. “This type of exposure to research, coupled with faculty mentorship and our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, are hallmarks of a Rose-Hulman education and will help our students obtain the skills and experience to needed for scholarships, internships and prestigious undergraduate research opportunities.”

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