From Student to Researcher: SURE Program 2021 Student Spotlight

As once stated by educational Pioneer and famous American Philosopher John Dewey, all that we learn is derived from experience. Kent State University continues to foster innovation and promote the development of hands-on learning through various collaborative efforts focused on building experience and training. 

Among the opportunities offered through the university, the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program provides undergraduate students with the chance to engage in an intensive research project during the summer break.

“SURE students are able to engage one-on-one with a dedicated faculty member. This gives them the opportunity to really experience creating information via the research process rather than just limiting learning to the classroom setting,” said Ann Gosky, director of the Office of Student Research in the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs. 

Conducting in-depth analysis, managing time effectively and gaining professional experience are among a few of the skill sets acquired within this paid eight-week internship. 

“This is an extremely invaluable and hands-on form of education for undergraduate students who are looking to build their professional portfolio, whatever their future endeavors may be,” Gosky said. 

Despite the pandemic, the 2021 SURE Program was an enormous success with 70 undergraduate students participating in very diverse fields of research.

Colleen Novak, Ph.D., Christina Watts and Jordan Smith - College of Public Health: Muscle Thermogenesis

Larry Osher, Ph.D., and Jermaine Gordon - College of Podiatric Medicine: Metatarsus Adductus

Jason Lorenzon, Ph.D., and Diana Semillia - College of Aeronautics and Engineering: Stress and Mental Health in Aeronautics Professionals

POSTED: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:11 AM
UPDATED: Friday, February 24, 2023 10:42 AM
Theresa Lovrak