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Wooster Announces Summer Research Institute for Indian High School Students

Four-week program will build research skills needed in U.S. colleges

07 October 2014 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster will host a four-week research institute for high school students from India on its campus next summer. Available areas of research include biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, environmental economics, geology, neuroscience, and physics. The program will run from June 15 through July 10, 2015.

Each Indian student will work as part of a team with a Wooster professor, a senior college student, and another high school student, learning research skills and problem-solving abilities by doing hands-on research, and developing effective communication skills by presenting their results. They also will participate in workshops to help prepare for the college application process.

"The research skills students learn during the institute will help them become better prepared for the U.S. college experience," said Dr. Shila Garg, the institute's director, "and if they apply and are admitted to The College of Wooster, the fee for the summer research institute will be returned as part of their scholarship package."

When not working in the lab and classroom, the students will live on campus with fellow institute participants and Wooster's international students. There will be time to enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, and outings to baseball games and state parks as well.

Applications are due Jan. 12, 2015. More information, including examples of the research projects, may be found here.  Inquiries may also be sent to Ms. Nupur Goyal, the institute's liaison in Mumbai.

The College of Wooster is America's premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Every year since 2002, when U.S. News & World Report has asked college presidents and deans to name schools with outstanding undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone programs, only two have made both lists every year: Wooster and Princeton.

Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.