What is it?
Through the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP), the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Graduate College offer undergraduate students with little or no research experience the opportunity to assist advanced graduate students (those who have completed all coursework requirements and are in the dissertation research stage) with their research projects. Through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor, undergraduate students have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. The application portal opens early in the Fall semester; selected undergraduate students begin working with their mentors in the Spring.
Undergraduate students will (1) attend regular weekly class meetings (GC 295, Introduction to Undergraduate Research, 3 credit hours) with OUR/Grad College instructors; and (2) work one-on-one with their graduate mentors, an average of 5-6 hours per week. As part of the course requirement, students will complete a final project, consisting of a poster, to be presented during “Undergraduate Research Week,” an annual event sponsored by OUR.
Who should apply?
WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING AS THERE IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BOTH HOW TO APPLY, REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION, AND WHERE TO FIND GRADUATE MENTOR PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS, ETC.
Application is open to all registered undergraduate students who have little or no research experience (both domestic and international). As part of the application, students will provide a statement of interest that speaks to:
- Why they are interested in participating in URAP; and
- Rank their top 3 project choices and provide a brief essay outlining why they have chosen those projects.
The list of graduate mentor project descriptions can be found here: Graduate Mentors 2019/20
Please read the project descriptions carefully. While these projects are meant for students with few or no research skills, participation in this program does require diligence, enthusiasm, and commitment.
Informational meetings are scheduled for September 23, October 2, and October 8, from 3-3:50 pm in Noyes Laboratory Room 217. Get tips on creating a good statement of interest, why you should participate, and get your questions answered.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Finalists will be notified by Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and will be invited to interview with the graduate student mentors between October 28 and November 1. Final selection will be made by graduate mentors. Undergraduate students selected to participate will be notified by November 8. Successful applicants will be given course CRN, etc., in order to register for the Spring 2020 semester.
Application period is now closed.