• An 8-week, summer research program for Longwood STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) students modeled after the extremely successful Research Experiences of Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation
  • A program that combines practical training in specific research techniques with activities designed to put research into the context of larger goals of modern science, technology, and mathematics
  • A program that pairs a faculty member with a student so that one-on-one collaboration occurs in an effort to make significant strides on novel projects in biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics, and psychology

Student doing PRISM research

What is LU-PRISM?

What are the benefits?

Students and professor doing research with crayfish
  • With a focus on intense research and tangible results, LU-PRISM aims to put students at the center of the research process.
  • Students are immersed in an intense research environment where they identify and explore project ideas that they are interested in pursuing.
  • Students report their findings to faculty and other interested parties and are critiqued by their peers.
  • Students receive a $3,500 stipend and free room & board for participation in the program
  • Funding is also provided for equipment, supplies, and travel
Ri’Shawn Bassette ’17 in a lab doing research as part of the PRISM program

What do students say?

Mr. Joseph Gills '15
Math & Computer Science Major
"I have grown both professionally and academically because of my participation in the PRISM program this past summer. The eight weeks that I spent on campus working one-on-one with faculty members has helped me solidify methods and practices that I have learned in my courses and it has taught me how to investigate solutions to problems on my own. The relationship that I formed with my mentor, Dr. Wears, will be one that I will never forget and is one of my most valuable college experiences."

PRISM Coordinator

Dr. Amorette R. Barber

Dr. Amorette R. Barber

Associate Professor of Biology

Chichester Science Center 305D / Lab 209

(434) 395-2726