Tuskegee University Partners With Auburn University for Undergraduate STEM Research

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama has entered into an agreement with Auburn University in Alabama to provide opportunities for Tuskegee students to explore new educational and career paths in research mentorships in STEM fields with Auburn graduate students and faculty.

Maria Soledad Peresin, associate professor of forest biomaterials in Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences established the collaboration with Michael Curry, chemistry and mechanical engineering professor at Tuskegee University.

Professor Curry notes that “this collaboration will create new opportunities for joint research projects and lab exchanges that will strengthen research outcomes for both labs. Specifically, I am especially excited that this research effort includes a significant boost for early-career STEM research opportunities for Tuskegee undergraduates.”

Dr. Peresin said the new program’s frame enables students to integrate research activities within their studies through a tier-mentorship program with graduate students. “During these internships, students will acquire hands-on experience in the field of surface chemistry, material design and development, organic chemistry and applied engineering concepts,” she said. “This will increase their expertise and preparedness for a better transition into the job market.”

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