Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Students at St. Mike's

One of the neat things about the summer at St. Mike's is the collaborative research projects that faculty and students engage in. Yesterday, these faculty and students involved had an opportunity at a barbecue lunch to share and discuss their summer research projects in The Teaching Gardens at St. Michael's. In fact, one student is researching and designing interpretive signs for the Gardens to inform visitors of the different types of plants and their literary connections that are included in the gardens. In the spirit of fun, students were challenged to use a word from the Word Garden to help describe their research topic, frustrations, or successes.

The research grants are funded through various sources, including Summer Research Grants from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and are designed to employ students during the summer recess as a form of student employment. Students receive a stipend for their living expenses as they learn a great deal about a particular topic and how to conduct research through these projects.

Another of the research projects, under the direction of Dr. Declan McCabe in the SMC Biology Department is the EPSCoR Streams Project. This project involves SMC students, students from Puerto Rico as well as a group of HS students in the exploration of the quality of stream water in Vermont. This project provides students with an opportunity to conduct authentic research in a context where they are making a significant contribution to environmental awareness.

Other summer student/faculty research projects are also taking place in the History, Psychology, Political Science, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Religious Studies and Media Studies Departments. St. Mike's is a busy place in the summer months.

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