New Summer Program Offers Introduction to Graduate Research


Read the full story by Zach Williams, published in The Graduate Forum.

For the bulk of this summer, seven undergraduate students from universities around the country have been working in Dartmouth research laboratories, getting a feel for the graduate research experience as they rise towards graduation in their own schools. This opportunity was provided by Dartmouth’s Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE) program.


Wynette Williams is a rising junior at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss. As an ASURE student, Wynette worked in Professor Thalia Wheatley’s lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, studying facial recognition patterns with advanced imaging software. (photo by Zach Williams)

ASURE was launched this year as a way to introduce exemplary undergraduate students to the Dartmouth graduate research community. The seven inaugural ASURE students were picked from a field of over 250 applicants. The students received funding from a combination of sources to pursue their research. This ASURE group has engaged in different labs across the graduate programs, from the biology labs to the biomedical engineering labs at the Thayer School of Engineering.

“By exposing students to the type of work that Dartmouth graduate students are doing, he says, we hope we can excite them into pursuing an advanced degree—hopefully at Dartmouth,” says Jordan Noonan, the Director of the ASURE program.

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