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High school students can do research with ISU profs

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NORMAL — Registration is open for the Illinois Summer Research Academy at Illinois State University for high school students.

At the academy, which takes place June 25-30, current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have opportunities to work with professors on various hands-on research projects. The academy is sponsored by ISU's Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Students will learn about tools and techniques used in current research projects by ISU faculty members. They will contribute to the faculty projects and/or work on their own research projects with peers.

This year's research opportunities will be in the areas of molecular neuroscience, biochemistry, organic chemistry and computing and information technology.

The academy attracts students from across the country.

The costs is $650, which includes on-campus housing, all meals, evening social activities, an overnight parking pass (if needed) and a T-shirt. Commuter students who do not need the full meal plan and housing pay $330. Scholarships are available.

The initial application deadline is April 1. Interested people can download an application online at http://cemast.ilstu.edu/students/high-school/summer-academy/. Amy Bloom, CeMaST assistant director of outreach, can answer questions at 309-438-8115 or ambloom@ilstu.edu.

Application review and placement in research opportunities will begin April 1. Applications received after that date 1 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as space is available, but no applications will be accepted after May 1.

Faculty members who will be involved in the academy include Andres Vidal-Gadea, professor of molecular neuroethology; Marjorie Jones, professor of biochemistry; Abndrew Mitchell, associate professor of organic chemistry; and Glen Sagers, associate professor of information systems.

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