FALL 2001 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 2
Summer Science Program: Why Settle for
Lazy, Hazy and Crazy?
twelve Mount Holyoke students, there was some time for soda and
pretzels (and beer, if they were of age) last summer--but not much.
They had chosen a summer diet of mollusc-collecting and DNA fingerprinting,
among other scientific pursuits, as part of the College’s new
Cascade Mentoring Summer Research Program. Cascade refers to a
mentoring/educating trickle-down effect. Topping the flow were
five faculty members in the sciences; each began working with
one or more juniors on a research project last spring. Paired
with one student who had just completed her first year, each junior
continued her research over the summer, collaborating with her
adviser and the younger student. The older students got a jump
on senior honors work and developed teaching and leadership skills.
The younger ones gained insight into the nuts and bolts of research
and cemented bonds with a professor and a peer role model. And
they all wished that summer could always be here.
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