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National Science Foundation awards FAU grant for undergraduate research program

Ten STEM majors in the U.S. will get the opportunity to participate in a nine-week training program on the Boca campus.

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Benjamin Paley, Contributing Writer

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Florida Atlantic has received a $339,984 grant from the National Science Foundation to start a “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” program, according to an FAU release.

The recipient of the grant, FAU’s Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems, will choose 10 undergraduate STEM majors to go through a nine-week paid training program over the summer. Students will be chosen to participate from across the country.

According to the release, “The program will be conducted in the context of the institute’s three main areas of application expertise: infrastructure systems, marine and environment, and health and behavior.”

Participants will work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in one of 14 research projects. They will be paid $550 a week, in addition to a $120 meal allowance, and live in dormitories on FAU’s Boca campus.

The program will feature seminars, writing workshops, career mentoring, individualized research training and field trips.

Vice President for Research Daniel C. Flynn said, “The broader impacts of our program align directly with the programmatic goals of this national program to broaden participation in STEM fields, provide research opportunities for students at research-limited institutions and to engage student veterans.”

More information about I-SENSE and the program’s application process can be found here.

Benjamin Paley is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email bpaley@fau.edu or tweet him @benpaley92.

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