An innovative undergraduate research program launched by Lawrence University is proved to be successful.
The program offers qualified Lawrence Students partnership with Lawrence alumni scientists who are directing research laboratories at major universities across the country. The result of this partnership is inspiring: undergraduate student of Lawrence University Bennett Pang managed to isolate “natural killer” cells from human blood sample, while Lawrence junior Grace Rothenstein created a database for more than 2.000 plants which can be used more efficiently for biofuel production. LU-R1 takes undergraduate research to the next level as well, providing significant opportunities typically for graduate students at major universities while strengthening ties between Lawrence University and its alumni.
As University of Missouri biochemist Scott Pecks said “the program is incredibly valuable on so many levels, Lawrence students receive additional laboratory training that reinforces their excellent classroom education and makes them more competitive in market or in their applications to professional school while the host universities receive assistance in advancing our research.” According to Peck, LU-R1 is helping the United States to improve its position in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
LU-R1 program is one step forward to provide the society with high professionals, engaging them in cutting-end questions, learning new methodologies, gaining vital experience and inspiring for discoveries.