The 20-year-old junior from Queens chose Binghamton because of its academic reputation and affordability. Wills considered majoring in music until science classes made her realize that medicine was the right track. The biochemistry major’s decision is paying off: She spent the summer of 2007 working in Jamaica Hospital in Queens and took part in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program last summer at Carnegie Mellon University.
“That (REU) experience really enhanced my critical-thinking skills,” she said. “I loved it so much — just being in a different city and learning about Pittsburgh’s culture.”
REU is a clever way to poach talent from other regions and build new in-migration pathways.