ATHENS — University of Georgia undergraduate Edward Wells Jr. of Hinesville is one of 13 second-year students selected to participate in the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) apprentice program. The sophomores join a group of 15 first-year participants.
The students will spend 10-12 hours a week engaged in research projects with faculty mentors. They also will attend a writing-intensive honors seminar focused on research processes and practices.
Wells, a graduate of Statesboro High School, is studying for a bachelor’s degree in political science. His research is focused on the possibility of reunification of the Korean peninsula and what impact it would have on international relations. His research mentor is international affairs professor Brock Tessman.
“CURO apprentices learn first-hand what their professors do when they are not teaching in the classroom by joining faculty research teams to create new knowledge in their fields,” said Pamela Kleiber, associate director of the honors program. Kleiber coordinates CURO programs. “Faculty members invest in these young scholars so that they can eventually distinguish themselves with original contributions. It is a remarkable opportunity for these first and second-year students at UGA,” she said.
To further provide peer support and guidance, three teaching assistants, all former CURO apprentices, lead small group discussions about research and campus life every week after the seminar. Each teaching assistant works with about 10 apprentices.
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