Undergraduate Research Program Begins, 1959

The Undergraduate Research Program was established in 1959, with initial support (thru 1972) from the National Science Foundation and under the direction of the Long Island Biological Association. Arthur Chovnick was Assistant Director of the Biological Laboratory at that time and was appointed the first director of the yearly summer URP program. Among the first year attendees was future Nobelist, David Baltimore. Other notable alumni include Gerry Rubin, Alfred Goldberg, Geraldine Seydoux and Charles Gilbert. The program is now administered by the Watson School for Biological Sciences and continues to provide college students with the opportunity to conduct first-rate research while learning about the methods and principles of research in a professional scientific environment.




URP student, Alan Rein with Arthur Chovnick (right), 1961