National Science Foundation Grant Extends Undergraduate Research Program

REU 2015 students

Posted by Sean Flynt on 2015-05-14

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed funding for a project proposed by Samford University biological and environmental sciences professor Malia Fincher. Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences will receive approximately $329,774 over the next three years for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.


The nine-week REU program, led by Fincher with co-principal investigator Betsy Dobbins, unites students and faculty mentors from the fields of biology, chemistry, geography and pharmaceutical sciences to work collaboratively on projects in Alabama’s Oak Mountain State Park. REU participants perform full-time research and participate in weekly workshops on professional skills, career opportunities and the graduate school application process.

Dobbins is Paul N. Propst Professor of Natural Sciences.

The program is open to U.S. citizens who are currently college sophomores or juniors. Participants are selected based on academic record, professional goals, and potential for outstanding research. Outstanding undergraduate students who have limited opportunities to participate in research at their home institutions and students from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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