SMART-Transfer

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The Office for Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce support for undergraduate research, scientific communication, and preparation for careers in biological, physical and mathematical sciences for selected transfer students through the Science and Math Achievement Resourcefulness Track (SMART-Transfer). The program is supported by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation funded by the National Science Foundation.

Eligibility and Program requirements:

Students will be nominated to apply to the program by the Retention Office and the CSTEP program based on their academic achievements in their first semester after transferring to Carolina. Selected students will be matched to a laboratory based on their interests. Relevant Labs will come from the following fields: Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Marine Sciences, Math, Operations Research, Physics, or Statistics.

The program will include two major components. First, the students will spend nine weeks during the summer doing 30 hours of research per week under the mentoring of a lab member (i.e. co-mentor) and the principal investigator of the lab (i.e. research advisor). Second, students will attend weekly meetings with their peers and the program director. During those meetings they will review scientific papers and present their research.

Anticipated number and amount of awards:

We expect to make 9 awards of $3,000 each. Students will be responsible for their own housing and tuition (if they choose to enroll in a course). Selected students will receive $1,500 after the first summer session and another $1,500 at the end of the program, after they have submitted the required final materials and the materials are approved by OUR. If a graduate student will also be involved in mentoring the undergraduate, the graduate student should be encouraged to apply for an associated Graduate Mentor Award (up to $500 per award; lifetime limit of $1,000).

Application materials:

Invited students should complete the Application Form (.pdf), save it, and submit it as an email attachment to the program director, Dr. Gidi Shemer (bishemer@email.unc.edu) before 8 a.m., February 16, 2015. Finalists will be invited to interview.

Acceptance Checklist:

Fellowships are paid in two installments, one at the beginning of the summer, and one at the end. In order to process your first payment, we must receive required items#1, #2, and #3 (if applicable) listed in checklist #1. In addition you will be asked to complete a short survey for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation funded by the National Science Foundation at the beginning of the program.

Final Payment Checklist:

In order to process your second payment at the end of the summer, we must receive all required items listed on checklist #2.

Reporting Requirements:

At the end of the summer, each student will present his or her work at the closing symposium for program participants. In addition, each student must prepare an abbreviated PowerPoint presentation for display on the OUR website. To view previous PowerPoint displays, please visit the Past SMART and DEBS Student Projects page.

SMART students will be invited to participate in an undergraduate research symposium, the Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research to discuss their results. Students should also acknowledge support from the Office for Undergraduate Research in any publications resulting from the project.