Signature Experience at Peddie

Research Science Signature Experience (EXP)

The Research Science Signature Experience (also known as EXP) is a program designed to help students develop their passion for scientific research and to encourage them to consider an eventual career in science-related fields. Even more specifically, the program intends to help students:

  • get outside the textbook to do “research science” and to develop the personal and intellectual curiosity and courage that come from working in a research/ laboratory setting.
  • become “experts” in a specific area and to enjoy the confidence that comes with such knowledge.
Students may do research in any area of science, including (but not limited to): medicine, environmental studies, psychology, epidemiology, anthropology, chemistry, computer science, engineering and physics. Interested students may apply to the program during sophomore year; laboratory research takes place during the summer between junior and senior years.

Course of Study

Junior Year Fall and Winter Terms: During the fall and winter the students enroll in a half-credit course that meets once a week. The purpose of the meetings is to introduce students to pertinent literature, lab expectations, and common laboratory techniques. A trip to local labs is also offered in the winter, and students will be matched with their lab during the winter term or in early spring. Students receive a half-credit for their participation during each of these two terms, for one full credit total.

Junior Year Spring Term: During the spring term students are required to take a one-credit class, with the goal of preparing them for their project in the lab. As part of this course the students will meet with the Primary Investigator, as well as their day-to-day mentor, in order to gather background information and an understanding of their project. Students will be expected to continue to read in their field and to write a proposal for their research, ideally with the help of their mentor.

Senior Year Fall Term: Once students return to school in the fall they will again be enrolled in a one-credit class with the requirement to meet with a teacher once or twice a week.

These meetings will be held to ensure that the student prepares both a poster and a well-practiced presentation. Students will also be required to act as peer mentors to new students in the program and to present their research to the next class of EXP scholars.

Laboratory work and placement

Summer between Junior and Senior Years: Students must do 200 hours (approximately five weeks) of laboratory work during the summer. These weeks need not be contiguous, but this must first be approved by the laboratory and the Program Director. Students working in local laboratories must attend regular “check-in sessions” with staff and other Program students. These sessions will be held on the Peddie campus or in the local area. Students who are doing work outside the Hightstown area and who cannot reasonably be expected to come to Peddie must connect weekly with the Program Director via Skype.

To ensure a safe, productive, and high-quality laboratory experience for students, all labs must be thoroughly vetted and approved by the Director. Currently, students have been placed at Princeton, Rutgers, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia, as well as in private labs.
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