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Senior Will Spend Summer Performing Research in Germany Through RISE Program

June 11, 2008

tram_nguyen_000.jpgJune 11, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Tram Q. Nguyen, a rising senior at DePauw University, will spend the summer working at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany, through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Nguyen's experience is being made possible by the RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) program.

RISE gives students in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and physics the chance to spend a summer working with German doctoral students on serious research projects. Last year, 269 undergraduate students from North America took part in the RISE program.

The doctoral students help integrate the undergraduate directly East College Sun Spring 06.jpginto the lab work and serve as personal and professional mentors. All participants receive stipends from DAAD to help cover living expenses, and the partner universities and research institutions provide housing assistance.

Nguyen, a biochemistry major and Science Research Fellow, will work with Sarah Weigelt of the Max Planck Institute's department of neurosurgery on a project titled, "More than meets the eye: Studying visual illusions with functional magnetic resonance imaging."

Learn more about the RISE program by clicking here.