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SUBR student, professor awarded La. EPSCoR grants - 5/7/2013 -

Southern University Baton Rouge student Ashley Harrison was one of 33 students, representing 13 higher education institutions across the state to receive a grant from the third annual Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program competition.

Students awarded a SURE grant receive a stipend of up to $4,000 for their work as a research assistant. Projects must be completed within a year. Faculty mentors also receive a supplemental grant of $500 per student for the purchase of research supplies associated with mentoring students and/or travel by students and mentors to meetings or conferences to present research findings. Harrison's mentor is SU chemistry professor Wesley Gray.

Louisiana Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), which functions under the auspices of the National Science Foundation and Louisiana Board of Regents established the SURE program in the Spring of 2011 in an effort to foster opportunities for women and other underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Since the program's inception, EPSCoR has received 334 applications and competitively awarded 107 grants, including this year's winners who were chosen from 65 applications.

By participating in research, students have the chance to learn more about their chosen field of study and can use the experience to decide to pursue further education by attending graduate school.

"We are very excited about the enthusiastic response the SURE program has generated among students and faculty across the state," said Michael Khonsari, associate commissioner for sponsored programs research and development. "Engaging a broad spectrum of the state's talent in STEM disciplines is vital for preparing Louisiana's research, education, and workforce enterprise to compete nationally and globally."


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