Spend a Summer With a Scientist Hits its Ninth Year
The renowned Spend a Summer with a Scientist (SaS) program at Rice University provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in university activities and work for the summer under the guidance of center researchers. Directed by Richard Tapia, Noah Harding Professor and CRPC Director of Human Resources and Education, the SaS program involves students in research and motivates them to attend or continue graduate school in science, mathematics, or engineering. SaS participants work with researchers from five computational science departments at Rice and from the Keck Center for Computational Biology, a collaboration between Rice, the Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Houston.
|Left to right: A cheery greeting from Rice SaS students Donald Williams and Illya Hicks|
"I had not planned to attend graduate school until I participated in SaS for the first time in 1995," says Carlos Uribe of the Computer Science Department. Uribe's projects have ranged from writing code that renders B-Spline curves to digital signal processing. "Interaction with Dr. Tapia and the other SaS participants not only motivated me to continue with my studies but also helped me value the importance of a good education."
|Spend a Summer with a Scientist (SaS) students listen to their peers present on their experiences as minorities and their research. From left to right: (bottom row) Christina Villalobos, Pedro Sepulveda, Ricardo Vargas, (second row) Luis Melara, Stanford Carpenter, Bill Christian, Illya Hicks, (top row) Regina Hill, Diane Jamrog, Carlos Uribe, and Pamela Williams|
"Dr. Tapia's dynamic personality and caring attitude are the key components that make the SaS program a success," says Uribe. "He undoubtedly has no bias toward one ethnic group or gender over another, and to me this is a valuable message. This message should be heard by other leaders across the country who direct such programs."
For more information about the SaS program, see http://www.crpc.rice.edu/CRPC/SaS/ or contact Theresa Chatman at (713) 285-5180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.