Turning undergrads into accomplished researchers

A photo of Randi Noel presenting her research.
Randi Noel, a sophomore plant sciences major at Mizzou, presents her research.

Ninety-five talented students from across the nation and the globe convened on campus for MU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, a tradition since 2000.  For nine weeks, these students researched alongside world-class faculty mentors. We recently celebrated their many accomplishments and look forward to potential research articles citing several of these undergrads as co-authors.

Students came from 47 institutions and included Randi Noel, a Mizzou sophomore majoring in plant sciences, who worked with Dr. Richard Ferrieri, a chemistry research professor. She spent the summer using advanced equipment (brand new to MU) to study the effect of wildfires on plant regrowth and is listed as the first author on a paper submitted to a prestigious journal.

These select students were chosen from hundreds of applicants and are some of the brightest students in their fields, from journalism to materials science and engineering. We were happy to welcome them to campus and share the lab space, tools and support needed to make their discoveries possible.

— Mun