SOUTH BEND - Saint Mary's College says the National Science Foundation has awarded Bettina Spencer, associate professor of psychological sciences, in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, a grant to host a Research Experience for Undergraduates site. Students will work with a faculty member at one of the schools to do research projects following extensive training in statistical techniques and software.

The grant funds three years of computational social science research for 10 students nationwide, with four spots reserved for Saint Mary’s students this summer.

“This grant supports the great social science research being conducted at Saint Mary’s,” Spencer said in a news release. “This program takes what is unique about Saint Mary’s, the close faculty-student mentorship, and puts it on a national scale, for students from all over the country to have access to our exceptional education.”