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Summer Research Apprentice Program

SRAP Overview

“Don’t be afraid to open up to new people. It’s very fun and adventurous and so worth it. At first I didn’t know how to approach a new group but with a constant reminder from the staff that it’s a judge free and comfortable community…. I enjoyed this program so much. So much that I would love to come back.” SRAP 2016 summer alumni WolfStar Duran shares her advice for other Wyoming students considering research with EPSCoR’s Summer Research Apprentice Program. Duran is the first SRAP alumni to come from the Wind River Indian Reservation and among the largest cadre of in-state students to attend the summer campus-based program. Duran plans to do more than come back, she intends to recruit other native youth to join her next summer.

Begun in 1985, SRAP is the longest running Education, Outreach, and Diversity program under the purview of Wyoming EPSCoR, with updates and improvements occurring with each new round of NSF EPSCoR funding. It serves as a recruitment program heavily focused on first generation and underrepresented students considering college and aims to engage youth in STEM related activities. SRAP enjoys a strong history of college placement among its alumni.

SRAP provides a meaningful, hands-on experience in the labs with one of our faculty members  with the goal of stimulating interest in a future career in one of the fields. The general philosophy is to increase participation of first generation college students and underrepresented minorities in a research experience in order to develop student comfort in an academic and professional setting, as well as provide resources that can ensure higher education success.

Day to Day Activities

Residence Halls

Group Photo

Dorm Rooms

Dorm Rooms

Data Analysis

Student Entering Data

End of Program Student Presentation

End of Program Presentation

Weekend Adventuring

Med Bow Hike

Pikes Peak Colorado Springs

Cog Railway

Native American Education Research & Cultural Center

Native American Education Research & Cultural Center

Multicultural Resource Center

Multicultural Resource Center

Community Service at ACRES

Community Service


Data Collection

Lab Experiments


Half Acre Gym

Half Acre Gym

Washakie Dinning Center

Washakie Dining Center

2018 SRAP Program

Program Date: June 10th-July 20th, 2018

Research Description

Wyoming’s windswept landscape contains mountains, caves, geysers, glaciers, and prairies far as the eye can see. Hidden from the human eye, vast microbial communities thrive within this landscape. Too small to be seen without magnification, soil microbes are living organisms found almost everywhere: air,water, plants, and soil. Bacteria, fungi, algae, viruses, and others can all be defined as microbes. Faculty and their labs will work with SRAP participants on various aspects of the project. Participants may engage in field work, data analysis in the lab, project design, computational science, and or data science.  “This is an age of discovery in microbiology,” says Alex Buerkle, who studies genetic consequences of evolutionary adaptation and is a co-principal investigator on the project.“Just as modern telescopes have given astronomers the ability to see the universe with amazing detail, our new genomic sequencing capabilities have opened a whole new world in the study of life.”

Below are the registration materials. Please print and fill out the forms to their fullest. If at any point you have qustions, feel free to contact Lisa Abeyta,


For questions or comments, please contact:
Lisa Abeyta

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Previous Year's SRAP Photos

Student in Microbiology Lab

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