The CAPS Research Summer Program

The CAPS Research Scholars Program is an intensive program, an initiative designed for upper-division STEM students who are actively pursuing careers in academia. The program aims to equip scholars with a comprehensive academic background, making them highly competitive candidates for graduate studies and ensuring their success in earning Doctoral degrees in 8 weeks.

 Not only students participating this program will receive personalized counseling and guidance from faculty members, they will also receive assistance and preparation for applying to graduate schools by developing an amazing Ph.D application portfolio. This programs also allow them to build a researcher-identity by conducing a mentor-led independent research project full time for 8 weeks. Furthermore students participating this programs will establish connections with university staff, faculty, peer mentors and fostering valuable relationships within the university community, while getting to know themselves as well as familiarizing themselves with the campus and discovering the abundance of resources available to support their academic and personal growth.

This year, with our doctoral student, Ian Sands as her guidance our third year BME undergraduate student, Thuany Marielle Lachos, presented her work on July 26th, 2023 as the final part of the UConn CAPS Research Summer Program,

The title of her poster was “Characterizing the Piezoelectricity of DNA-inspired Janus Base Nano-materials for Ultrasound Driven Stimulation of Neural Cells”. Her project is a continuation of the research from another amazing undergrad who just graduated, Ryan DeMarco, had done in developing the JBNt/PVA films for piezoelectricity testing.  We hope she had a great time in the program! And Great Job!