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URISE Students Mix Fun, Serious Research


Sylvester Luu isn’t taking a vacation from his education this summer. Instead, he’s enjoying the adventures he did sign up for at the University of San Diego.

The USD junior chemistry major is researching the metabolic intensity of an Eared Grebe, a unique diving water bird that USD biology professor Hugh Ellis has done significant research on over the last few years. Luu, who has medical school aspirations, said working with Ellis, who was his faculty freshman preceptor, has been an important experience as he looks ahead to his future.

But enjoying the present, Luu notes, is equally important. That’s why he wants to have some fun and meet new people while he’s learning in the lab.

Enter USD’s Undergraduate Research Inspired Student Engagement (URISE) program.

Thanks to a multi-year grant from Arizona’s Research Corporation and sponsored by USD’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, URISE provides opportunities for students who share Luu’s sentiment (Full Story Inside USD).

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