December 1, 2013- application window opens
February 7, 2014- application deadline for first round consideration
March 1, 2014- notification of selection
March 10-28, 2014- campus visits by students, meetings with potential research mentors
April 4, 2014- students notified of lab placement
May 31, 2014- arrival on campus, move into dorms
June 2-August 8, 2014 Participate in REU
August 8, 2014 Awards banquet and Move out of Dorms
Each Tuesday evening- CheMIE REU Professional development dinners
Topics: Maintaining a lab notebook, choosing a graduate school (panel), graduate school application process, preparing for the GRE, research ethics (see supplement), traditional & alternative career paths, attending a professional meeting, writing for success, oral & poster presentation preparation (organized by Susan Romanella, director of the H-LSAMP)
Each Tuesday evening, the University Honors lounge and classroom will be the site of a dinner to be provided by the college of science. Students from across campus will be invited to attend as faculty or staff will present professional development activities on the topics listed above. These activities will make use of the resources of the H-LSAMP funded Collaborative Learning Center at Texas State, the Texas State Career Services office, the Texas State Writing Center, and the education and career services of the American Chemical Society, Material Resource Society, and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Susan Romanella, the Texas State director of the H-LSAMP, will organize these activities, many of which are conducted during the school year for H-LSAMP students at Texas State. Gloria Thomas (Xavier University of Louisiana) will be leading the ethics components.
Each Thursday evening- CheMIE REU Optional social networking events
Topic rotate in alternate weeks: Movie viewings at College Inn (e.g. Weird Science, Real Genius, Star Trek, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Apollo 13); This week in science (dinner at a faculty home with conversations on current innovations in science).
Each Thursday evening, students will be invited to attend a movie viewing or a dinner at a faculty home. In addition to these planned REU events, the research community at Texas State is a vibrant social community. The location of the headwaters of an underground springs on the Texas State campus encourages “un-planned” social events such as glass bottom boat rides to explore the unique ecosystem of the San Marcos region, tubing down the river and volleyball in the park. Students and faculty also engage in bowling tournaments, pitting biochemists, chemists and material scientists against one another.
Each Friday afternoon- CheMIE REU Symposium series on molecular innovation
Topics: Four weeks of discussions, case studies and exercises taken in part from the boot camp on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization that was developed for the new Texas State Ph.D. program in Material Science, Engineering and Commercialization starting in Spring 2012. Questions that will be addressed will include: What is the relationship between creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship? What is basic research versus applied research? How is knowledge transformed into product? What is the economic impact of research? What technical, financial and organizational frameworks are required for innovation to happen? How important is intellectual property in technology innovation and commercialization (organized by Dr. Gary Beall- Associate Dean of Research and Commercialization)
Conversations with leaders in innovation: Representatives from the following companies have committed to conversations with the students: Asuragen (Founder), Applied Analytical, Patheon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Huntsman Corp and BiooScientific.
Site visits: Some site visits will coincide with the conversations above (e.g. Asuragen, Huntsman). Other tours will be designed to show students the state of the art in instrument innovation (e.g. Texas DPS Crime Lab, Texas State microscopy center).
Group project: Students will work in groups of four to develop either a five page business plan for a hypothetical multidisciplinary project related to their research areas. (projects supervised by Dr. Gary Beall- Associate Dean of Research and Commercialization and Associate Director of MSEC Ph.D. program)
A poster session and awards banquet will close the REU summer session. These events, sponsored by the College of Science, will be held in the University Honors classroom and lounge. Travel awards will be granted to the best posters to support travel to the ACS regional meetings. In addition, all student participants, will be encouraged to participate in the University Honors Undergraduate Research Symposium held in the first week of November. Winners of the best poster presentation at this symposium are awarded cash prizes and travel stipends provided by the Office of Sponsored Projects.