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So you’re a high-performing, scientific-minded student, someone whose idea of a great summer involves creating something special. Well, we offer something that’s right up your alley.

The Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE) is our highly regarded 10-week summer research program. Working closely with a Lakeland faculty member, you’ll design your project, conduct all publishable research, troubleshoot, analyze data and eventually present your findings at a state or national scientific conference.

Oh, and we’ll pay you a stipend for your work, in addition to waiving tuition for one summer class.

“I think the biggest thing students get out of this is a practical understanding of what it means to actually do science,” says Greg Smith, associate professor of biology. “The LURE program is novel, scientific research. That practical, hands-on approach is pretty unique. It really gives our students an advantage going into graduate school or the work force, because they have actually done science rather than just learned how it’s done.”

Use high-powered equipment

In recent years, we’ve put more than $3.2 million into our Chase Science Center. We now feature high-tech equipment such as a DNA sequencer and a fluorescent microscope, among other things. Unlike at some big universities, we not only allow you to work with our world-class equipment – we encourage it.

“Once you feel comfortable using a complex piece of scientific equipment, I think it’s really transferrable to the next one,” says Smith. “I think that really benefits our students who go out into the workforce. They can say in a job interview, ‘I’ve used a DNA sequencer.’ The interviewer may say, ‘Well, that’s great. We won’t have you doing any DNA sequencing here, but if you know how to run that complex piece of machinery, I think you’re going to be able to learn how to run the piece of machinery we need you to run.’ ”

The Lure Experience

In the last eight years, 39 students have participated in the LURE program, 17 of whom have gone on to graduate programs (10 of those are in research Ph.D. programs in biology, biochemistry and chemistry and the other seven are in a variety of applied sciences professions — pharmacy, medicine, chiropractic, genetic counseling and forensic science). Notable recent graduates include:

  • Sean Johnson (Sheboygan, Wis.) – Ph.D. program in cell and molecular biology, Washington University (St. Louis). Graduated from Lakeland in 2011 (biology).
  • Amber Koenig (Howards Grove, Wis.) – Ph.D. program in chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Graduated from Lakeland in 2011 (chemistry and mathematics).
  • Kellen Grott (New Holstein, Wis.) – Doctor of Chiropractic program, National University of Health Science (Chicago). Graduated from Lakeland in 2011 ( exercise science and sports studies/sports studies emphasis).
  • Grace Jairo (Rongo, Kenya) – Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences, Tulane University. Graduated in 2011 (biochemistry).

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