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Hands-on Research for Undergrad Scholars

Posted: August 27, 2012

Scooping sediments from rural hot springs in search of new life; presenting genetic research to hundreds at national conferences; combing the community to find the answer to the latest anthropological question. Such summer activities are typical for university professors; but these are accomplishments of UNLV undergrads.

Fifteen students, many the first in their family to go to college, spent the summer working with top UNLV researchers as part of the McNair Scholars Institute. The federally funded program gives first-generation and underrepresented students a chance to step outside the classroom and see what it’s really like to be a college professor. The young students conduct research in university labs and out in the field under the mentorship of professors.

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