BEACON’s summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program is a 10-week intensive residential program targeting the recruitment of underrepresented students to conduct research with a faculty mentors. This past summer, BEACON funded sixty-seven students across the partner schools at six different research sites.
Many of these students successfully submitted and presented their summer research at national conferences across the United States. For example, Tobias Ortega-Knight and Danny Lynch (University of Virgin Islands) attended the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), which is the largest undergraduate research conference in the nation. Both Tobias and Danny won the category for outstanding presentation; additionally, Tobias won a second award for interdisciplinary research.