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Conduct Research

Program scholars will be engaged full time in conducting research. Research is the priority for this summer and in most cases there will not be time for taking college classes or working a second job.

Scientific Writing

Scholars will write 1) brief weekly reports of their research-related activities, 2) an abstract for submission to local, regional, or national conferences, and 3) a research paper in the form of a scientific manuscript detailing their research project and final results—this paper should serve as a portion of a manuscript for publication.

Oral Presentation

Scholars will present their research in oral form (10 minute slide presentation) to the faculty and students in the BRUSH and Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Programs.

Conference Attendance and Presentations

Scholars will present their research in poster form at the Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE). Scholars will apply (submit an abstract) to present at a national conference, such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS), the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, or the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium; students will attend and present at the conference at which their abstract is accepted.

Professional Behavior

Scholars will demonstrate professional behavior and engage in responsible conduct of their research.


Engage and Explore

Scholars will engage with mentors and peers in their cohort, stretch themselves to grow personally and professionally, and be open-minded to new experiences, ideas, and career opportunities.


Scholars commit to reporting educational and career progress updates to BRUSH program staff for 10 years.