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Texas A&M Offers Undergraduates Research Experience Despite COVID-19

An online program was quickly set up at Texas A&M for U.S. engineering students to continue their research projects during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
By Vandana Suresh and Dharmesh Patel, Texas A&M University College of Engineering June 18, 2020


O-REU adapts elements of a traditional REU program into a fully online format with no residence requirement. It started within the Department of Material Sciences and Engineering and expanded to the College of Engineering.  Like traditional REUs, Texas A&M’s O-REU program is designed to give undergraduates real-world, working experience in scientific research.

This year, the O-REU program received over 200 applications from a diverse set of students from around the country. The 58 students who were selected for the program will each receive a stipend of $5,000 for their work over the summer.

In addition to research experience under the guidance of a mentor, O-REU students will participate in numerous enrichment activities, such as online lectures, professional development seminars in technical communication, and workshops on preparing graduate school applications.

This article by Vandana Suresh and Dharmesh Patel originally appeared on the College of Engineering website.

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