Talented students working with world-class researchers
At CST, real-world research projects are an essential part of the curriculum. Introduced in 2009, the Undergraduate Research Program’s goals were straightforward: Get talented and motivated students into the laboratory with world-class Temple researchers and remove those obstacles that keep students from participating in advanced research projects as undergraduates.
Today, more than 700 CST students have participated in advanced research. URP projects have included testing an intelligent reasoning system, analyzing human tissue with laser electrospray mass spectrometry and studying the effects of ocean acidification on coldwater coral. Today’s students need to have lab experience, especially if they are planning on going to medical or dental school. Increasingly, even entry-level positions require lab experience. In such a competitive market—for jobs as well as for spots in highly competitive graduate programs—advanced research experience provides URP students with a distinct edge.