Program Spotlight

a group of three students who participated in the summer research program

Program Spotlight

Summer University Research Program Provides Students With Great Research Opportunities

The Summer University Research Program (SURP) allows students to do research with College of Science & Mathematics faculty. In total, the program included 104 students conducting research with 38 faculty mentors. The summer program included workshops and social activities each week, and culminated with a research poster session at the end of the 10 weeks.

Dr. Nathaniel Nucci coordinated colloquia, workshops, and community building programs for the SURP program. External speakers from NASA, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, and University of Pennsylvania visited Rowan to address the SURP students. Workshops on applying to graduate school and career planning helped prepare students for their post-Rowan lives. Summer means a bit of fun, too, with pizza, bowling, and the traditional end of SURP barbecue as part of the full SURP experience.

Recently, this elite program included three students who transferred to Rowan from Rowan College of Gloucester County (RCGC). The “bridge program” is sponsored largely due to the generosity of RCGC President, Dr. Frederick Keating and funds from the NASA NJSG Consortium grant awarded to CSM. RCGC provided $10,000 to the program so that incoming RCGC transfer students, Charles Hughes, Ryan Palaganas and Ryan Calhoun, could experience research on Rowan’s campus before officially starting their career as Rowan University students.  The summer program’s goal is to help prepare transfer students for a fast transition into their major field of study.

“Having the opportunity to do physics research with a Rowan professor over the summer was a great experience,” said Hughes. “Thanks to Dr. Keating and my faculty mentor, Dr. Nucci, for providing me with this opportunity.”


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