Exclusive Summer Science Program Pairs Talented YU Students with Bar-Ilan Faculty
Select undergraduate science majors from Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women will arrive in Israel on June 17, 2012, to participate in the second Summer Science Research Internship program, a joint initiative with Bar-Ilan University (BIU) that will enable nearly 30 students to gain hands-on experience in emerging scientific fields while being mentored by Israel’s top scientists.
During the seven-week research experience, the students will be placed in intensive internships with top BIU faculty members, including those from the Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials and the Gonda Brain Research Center, and will work in the University’s state-of-the-art research laboratories.
“This program attracts Yeshiva University’s most promising talent, budding scientists with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a passion for learning and exploring the endless possibilities for innovation,” said Dr. Anatoly Frenkel, professor of physics and the coordinator of the Summer Science Research Internship program at Stern College.
“The most important components that the YU-BIU program adds to the existing science and research education of our students are the world-famous research base, the high-level mentorship and a strong peer group of Israeli students, young scholars in their own right.”
Based on the students’ applications to the program and their past academic work, Frenkel and his staff worked to match the students with mentors and research assignments that will not only enhance their summer experience but also promote individual growth and career development.
“The internship program is a fantastic opportunity for our undergraduate students with a strong background in the sciences to experience the nurturing, interdisciplinary research environment and to develop their basic research skills,” said Dr. Raji Viswanathan, associate dean of academic affairs at Yeshiva College and project coordinator.
“It is also important to us that, as they grow, the students understand the special relationship that exists between scientific excellence and the religious values shared by both Yeshiva University and Bar-Ilan.”
In addition to enriching YU students and increasing the positive visibility of Israel, the Summer Science Research Internship program also opens the door for scientists at Yeshiva University and Bar-Ilan University to pursue collaborative projects in the future.