URaCE Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)

 

About the Program

The URaCE Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) is a ten-week, residential, intensive research and career training experience for students interested in gaining a competitive advantage for graduate school, medical school, and professional careers.

The program introduces students to the academic research culture through hands-on participation in interdisciplinary research and creative projects, professional development training, and community building.

Under the direction of faculty mentors and program administrators, student scholars complete a research project, participate in discovery seminars, and build community through social activities and residential activities. The program culminates with presentation of research findings at the UTC Undergraduate Research Symposium, and the Southern Conference Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF). Students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years across all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Students with a strong desire to pursue research centered careers at the doctoral level are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students without prior research experience, rising sophomores, first-generation college students, and students from underrepresented and underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply, and will be given priority.

 

A Note About Participation

***The URAP program is a research apprenticeship, which requires full-time effort and a deep interest in academic research and career preparation. It also requires participants to embrace all aspects of the program (not just the research part). The program includes a variety of experiences and activities such as group recreational activities, participation in leadership activities (speaking with students at orientation), weekly discovery seminars (which are typically a minimum of 1 1/2 hours in length), the development of an electronic portfolio and curriculum vitae, field trips, writing assignments, and the completion of CITI training and research training modules (which must be completed before the summer program begins).

An Important Note about URAP Participation

Students selected to participate in the URAP Program:

1) Will not be enrolled in coursework (i.e., take courses for credit) in summer 2020.

2) Will not hold employment outside of the program during summer 2020.

There are no exceptions to the two criteria listed above. If you plan to be engaged in part-time employment, internships, coursework, etc. you should not submit an application for this program.

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 23, 2020

Please read the eligibility criteria and program participant responsibilities carefully before submitting an application.

Program Eligibility

BEFORE you apply for this program make sure you meet ALL of the following criteria.

YOU ...

  • Are an active, currently enrolled UTC undergraduate student
  • Are a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student in good academic standing
  • Currently have a 2.5 UTC GPA or higher
  • Will have completed freshman year by May, 2020
  • Are graduating in Fall 2020 or later
  • Will be registered for at least 12 credit hours during the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Have a faculty mentor who will supervise the research project component of this experience for the duration of the program.

*Students who participated in the 2019 URaCE summer REU program are not eligible to participate in the 2020 URAP program.

 

Additional Eligibility Requirements

BEFORE you decide to apply for this program make sure you read and understand the following requirement concerning financial aid. Contact the Office for URaCE for clarification.

*Depending on your current financial aid package, you may not be eligible to participate in the URAP program.

Note that housing and meal cards, which URAP Scholars receive as part of the URAP package, are considered financial aid and will impact your current financial aid package.

If you decide to apply for this program you must meet with the UTC Financial Aid office (prior to submitting an application) to determine your eligibility, and to receive clarification about how participation in the URAP Program will impact your current financial aid award.

Are you ready to meet with the UTC Financial Aid office about program eligibility?

1) Send an e-mail to Financial Aid (scholarships @utc.edu) to request a meeting. Subject Line: Meeting to Discuss Office for URaCE URAP Program

2) Download and print this form and bring it with you to the meeting.

3) Meet with a Financial Aid associate to understand how your current financial aid package may be impacted should you be selected to participate in the program. At the conclusion of the meeting ask the financial aid associate to sign the form.

4) Scan the signature form and upload it to the online application with the other application materials.

URAP Scholar Program Package...

  • Compensation in the amount of $4,000 ( Note: This will be distributed as hourly wages with taxes withheld).
  • Campus housing for the duration of the program
  • Some meals
  • Hunter museum pass
  • A printed research poster for participation in related conferences.
  • Travel support for presentation at the Southern Conference Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF).
  • Summer UTC ARC membership

URAP Faculty mentors receive…

  • Compensation in the amount of $1,000
  • A maximum of $150.00 for supplies or equipment to support the mentee's research project. Mentors will be contacted at the start of the program regarding these funds.

The URAP Program runs from May to August.


Program Responsibilities and Expectations

What URAP SCholars Do (Note: These are the major required activities and assignments. Additional activities and assignments may be added to the program schedule at the discretion of faculty mentors and URAP Program Coordinators. )

URAP Scholars Will….

  • conduct research with their mentors
  • Attend weekly seminars to develop transferable skills
  • Share research progress through short presentations and writing assignments
  • Prepare documents for future careers including a CV and e-portfolio
  • Complete research training modules
  • Meet and engage with other student groups on campus such as REU programs, the UTC Upward Bound program, and international student groups
  • Attend information sessions about applying for scholarships and graduate school
  • Engage in group activities (recreational, field trips, residential activities)
  • Prepare a research poster
  • Present at two undergraduate research conferences

Faculty who serve as URAP Mentors will…

  • Attend program meetings, activities, and events including faculty and scholar orientation sessions (which are scheduled on the same day in late April), and other program activities. A complete list of required meetings, activities, and events will be included in the program contract, which mentors will review and sign at the beginning of the program. A list of program meetings, activities, and events are available on request.
  • Attend at least three discovery seminars during the program. Seminars are held every Thursday between 11:30am-2:30pm (Meetings will be scheduled within this time block).
  • Prepare a mentee mini-syllabus/guide, which will include details about the research project including deadlines, major assignments, mentee responsibilities, mentee weekly schedule, etc. Note: URAP Scholars will be asked to submit the guide as an assignment at the begining of the program.
  • Supervise the research project for the duration of the program.
  • Provide guidance and engage in discussions about the research process.
  • Meet with scholars regularly to discuss program progress and expectations.

Note: Faculty may mentor up to two students in the program.


Application Instructions

All applications will be reviewed by a selection panel composed of UTC faculty and administrators. Awardees will be notified of the outcome via email by March 2020.

Applicants must:

  • Meet with the UTC Financial Aid office to determine your eligibility for the program. See the Eligibility section above for instructions about contacting and meeting with Financial Aid.
  • Review the application criteria and program requirements carefully to make certain you are eligible to apply and can fulfill all of the requirements of the program.
  • Meet with the Office for URaCE to understand the expectations and responsibilities associated with participation in this program.
  • Identify a research topic of interest.
  • Identify a faculty member you would like to work with on the research project. Make certain that the faculty’s expertise aligns with your project ideas/interests.
  • Meet with the prospective mentor to determine her/his willingness to serve as your research mentor, and to dicsuss the specifics of the research project.
  • Once you have secured a research mentor prepare the application materials under the supervision of your mentor.

Preparing Your Application

Application Materials

Upload the five documents listed below to the URAP online application. Save the documents as PDF or Microsoft Word files.

1) URAP Application Narrative: The application narrative includes two sections:

Section One: Research Project Plan (750 words maximum)

Section Two: Statement of Interest (750 words maximum)

Please download and review the URAP Application Guide for more information and instructions regarding the application narrative. Application narratives that do not follow the criteria and instructions outlined in the application guide will not be reviewed.

2) A copy of your CV or Resume

3) Mentor Letter of Support: The letter should address the mentor's commitment to supervise the research project for the duration of the program, how the mentor will provide oversight for the project, and the applicant's skills relevant to the project.

4) Financial Aid Signature Form

5) Department Head Signature Form

1) Prepare and gather the application materials. Save the files in PDF or Microsoft Word file formats.

2) Submit an online application (You will upload the application materials to the online application form).

Applications must be submitted by 11:45 PM on Feb. 23, 2020. Applicants will receive a confirmation message once an application has been submitted. Late submissions will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

 

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Questions?

For assistance with proposal and application preparation contact:

Lisa M. Piazza, Ph.D., Director, Office for URaCE: Lisa-Piazza@utc.edu

For technical assistance with the application or other questions:

Contact the Office for URaCE: urace@utc.edu