Emily DiBiase (center) views a book at Thornwillow Press in Newburgh, NY with Dr. Stephanie Pietros (left) and Stephanie Weaver (right) during the SURE program in 2013.
Of all the work experience that I have gained at the Mount, one of the most unique and personal adventures has been my work with the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program here at MSMC.
It all started when my RA at the time, Stephanie Weaver, introduced me to the program and encouraged me to apply. After looking at the list of available projects for the summer of 2013, I kept coming back to the project proposed by Dr. Stephanie Pietros involving lyrical ballads and poetry by Anne Bradstreet.
This summer, I took part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program at the Mount. I spent ten weeks researching the effects of a blood substitute called OxyVita. The program gave me an amazing opportunity to spend time at the school and in the lab just focusing on research without worrying about anything else.
With the clock ticking and a swarm of evil villains on my tail, embarking on a perilous adventure does sound extremely dangerous, yet, in a way, appealing. Since I was a youth, I dreamed of going on an adventure like Indiana Jones. I was intrigued by his career as a college professor and his unfortunate habit of always being in some sort of trouble. In the end though, he always managed to provide the academic community with pieces of history that were said to be legendary or lost. I never thought I would have a similar experience, especially as an English major with dreams of being a college professor. It was not until I began my Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) project that I began to embark on my own adventure.