“Students in the program meet with their advisors at least twice a week, and those in a science field typically see their faculty sponsors on a daily basis,” Krone says, adding that every Wednesday evening, a meal is provided for summer researchers and their mentors. During that time, students volunteer to give five-minute talks about their work. “The idea is to present the research in a way that will be understandable to everyone, not just those in the particular field.”
With only a hundred or so students on campus, program leaders make sure there are chances to do more than work, though conversations naturally come back to research topics, both their findings and frustrations.
Besides organizing meals together, “symphony concerts in Columbus and impromptu volleyball tournaments are examples of some of the more purely recreational activities,” says Cookie Sunkle of the Lisska Center. “We try to help them form a sense of community — not just doing their research and going back to their rooms. We also want them to be out there discussing what they're learning and telling other students about it.”