CSUB 'revs up' the summer with science research

Summer Research Class PhotoFor the sixth year, California State University, Bakersfield, in partnership with Chevron Corp., is offering local high school students and teachers the opportunity to conduct scientific research alongside university faculty this summer.

Thanks to a $400,000 grant from Chevron, CSUB's REVS-UP (Research Experience Vitalizing Science – University Program) groups 74 high school students and 20 high school teachers with CSUB faculty and students to work for four weeks on science-related research projects. Projects cover areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, earth system science, geology, math and physics. Some of the research includes nocturnal spiders, robot programming, energy conversion in wind turbines and solar panels, and experiments to measure the speed and nature of light.

"REVS-UP gives local high school students and teachers the confidence to know they are capable of participating in scientific research. They also get hands-on experience with modern research techniques," said Dr. Andreas Gebauer, REVS-UP director and chair of the chemistry department at CSUB.

During the program, high school students earn university credit that can start them on the path to a science degree. High school teachers learn valuable research methods and activities they can take back to their classrooms and pass on to their students. Additionally, the program enables CSUB faculty to advance their research, and CSUB students get the opportunity to learn by teaching.

REVS-UP began July 16 and culminates with a poster presentation and demonstration by each group from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.

The media is invited to visit groups as they work on their research projects, as well as attend the culminating event. To set up a visit, contact Jennifer Burger, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator, at (661) 654-2138 or jburger1@csub.edu. For more information about REVS-UP visit www.csub.edu/stem.

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