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Universities are focusing more on undergraduate research projects
Universities are focusing more on undergraduate research projects

John Derby spent his last summer vacation hobnobbing with famous astronomers as though they were old friends. Studying the cosmos at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. — famed for its explorations of space and search for extraterrestrial life — was a thrilling experience for the Cal Poly Pomona student, the kind usually reserved for a doctoral candidate, not a novice who had yet to enter his senior year in college. But it is that kind of involvement — doing original research and collaborating with professors and scientists — that more campuses hope to offer undergraduate students such as Derby. As a result of his summer work studying the composition of...

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