Amanda Reig knows firsthand the benefits of undergraduate research at a liberal arts institution. As a student at Claremont-McKenna College (where President Blomberg spent time as a dean before coming to Ursinus), she flourished.
She is, in turn, invested in her students – past, current and even future. As head of the FUTURE (Fellowships in the Ursinus Transition to an Undergraduate Research Experience) Summer Research Program at Ursinus, she is involved with students even before their first days of class, as they learn the basic skills of research. FUTURE supports incoming and first-year students who are members of underserved populations.
“They build connections with their peers and our faculty, and become part of the research community,” says Reig. FUTURE is one program of the interdisciplinary Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good, where Reig serves on the steering committee and executive board.
As a bioinorganic chemist, Reig’s research interests lie at the intersection of inorganic chemistry and biochemistry, but it is her students’ success at the 18th undergraduate research symposium in Baltimore and the American Chemical Society trip this past spring of which she is most proud.