Early (Freshman/Sophomore) Undergraduate Research Program

This program provides students with an 8-week summer research experience in science (biology, earth science, geology, chemistry, and physics), math, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering technology, and computer information systems. The program is intended to help students confirm their interest in a STEM major (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). There are now two tracks to this program. Track One is for a research project involving only one student and Track Two is for a research project that involves two students. By clicking the link below you will find details about each track and be able to apply online.  

A goal of this experience is to develop a group of research students working on related projects. To meet this goal, we especially encourage applications for projects that foster development and expansion of research groups led by individual or collaborating faculty. Ideally, the research groups will include early and advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Proposals that include more than one early undergraduate research student working on related research projects are also eligible.

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Application deadline: April 10, 2009

Notification of Awards: April 20, 2009

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Student must be matriculated and classified as a freshman or sophomore, with <13 credit hours in major at the time of applying to the program. Note: Credit hour limit refers to courses with the same prefix as major and does not include STEM courses with other prefixes (e.g., MAT courses taken by a biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science/geology major).
  2. Student must be in good academic standing, with preference given to students with a G.P.A. > 2.5
  3. Desire to pursue a STEM major.

Program Requirements for Funded Students:

  1. Mandatory orientation meeting for student
  2. Attendance at weekly noon seminars
  3. End-of-summer short presentation of research project (poster or talk)
  4. Presentation at the 12th annual Student Research and Creativity Celebration (spring, 2010)
  5. Participation in the evaluation of the program


Proposals will be reviewed by anonymous faculty within the STEM departments. Selection of projects will include efforts to balance department participation in this program.