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The May 2005 Report of the WISE Task Force called on the University to develop a summer research program for Harvard undergraduates to significantly enhance the summer undergraduate scientific research experience. The Report cited two studies which have shown that participating in undergraduate research in general, and more specifically in a summer research program, increases the likelihood that a student will choose to attend graduate school and complete a degree in the basic sciences. Moreover, WISE stated that housing the students together would provide much needed social support for undergraduates, especially women and underrepresented minority undergraduates, who may otherwise feel isolated in a lab over the summer.

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