URaCE Summer REU Program

 

About the Program

The URaCE Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program is a ten-week, residential, intensive research 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 professional development programming and instruction, and build community through social activities and residential activities. The program culminates with presentation of research findings at the UTC Summer 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.

Application Deadline: 11:45pm March 4, 2019

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Active UTC undergraduate students
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate status
  • Full-time, degree-seeking status in good academic standing
  • Must have completed freshman year by May, 2019
  • Must have an expected graduation date of Fall 2019 or later
  • Must register for at least 12 credit hours during the Fall 2019 semester.
  • Applicants must have a faculty mentor who will supervise the research for the duration of the project.
  • Must NOT be enrolled in more than 2 credits (maximum) during the summer.

NOTE: If you hold other scholarships or funding you may not be eligible for the program. Please contact the Office for URaCE and the Financial Aid office for more information. 

Students who participated in the 2018 URaCE summer REU program are not eligible to apply for/participate in the 2019 program.

Scholars will receive...

  • Compensation in the amount of  $4,000
  • Campus housing for the duration of the program 
  • Some meals 
  • museum pass
  • A printed research poster for participation in related conferences.
  • Travel support for presentation at the Southern Conference Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF).

Faculty mentors will receive…

  • Compensation in the amount of $1,000 
  • NOTE:  A maximum of $150.00 for supplies or equipment to support the summer research project may be requested as part of the program application (see application materials below). 

Ten weeks, from May 31 – Aug. 9, 2019.


Program Responsibilities and Expectations

Students accepted into the program will…

  • Devote full-time effort to the program and associated research project.
  • Live on campus (housing provided)
  • Attend all program meetings, activities, and events including orientation sessions (which may be scheduled prior to May 31), weekly professional development sessions, and other required program activities. A complete list of required meetings, activities, and events will be included in the program contract.
  • Complete all assignments, and meet all deadlines associated with the research project.
  • Meet all deadlines related to and participate in the UTC Summer Symposium in August 2019.
  • Meet all deadlines related to and participate in the Southern Conference Undergraduate Research Forum November 2019.
  • Prior to and during the program, respond to information requests and other communications from faculty mentors and URaCE staff in a timely manner.
  • Follow the UTC Code of Conduct while engaged in the URaCE Summer Undergraduate Research program.
  • Submit a final project report (awardees will receive a report guide at the project midpoint with full instructions regarding the preparation of the report).
  • Present at the 2020 ReSEARCH Dialogues conference.
  • Submit a testimonial form to the Office for URaCE.

Faculty who serve as undergraduate research mentors in the program will…

  • Attend all program meetings, activities, and events including orientation sessions (which may be scheduled prior to May 31), and other required program activities. A complete list of required meetings, activities, and events will be included in the program contract.
  • Supervise the research for the duration of the program.
  • Meet with scholars regularly to discuss program progress and expectations.
  • A Note to Faculty Mentors: This program includes a mandatory weekly professional development session which all student scholars must attend. Sessions are scheduled each Thursday in the UC from 11:45am-2:00pm.  

Application Instructions

URaCE Summer REU projects are initiated by students and faculty. Students interested in participating in the program will need to identify a research topic and meet with a prospective mentor to determine her/his willingness to supervise the project. Once a faculty mentor has agreed to supervise the project, the applicant will work with the faculty member to prepare an application. Faculty may mentor up to two students in the program.

All applications will be reviewed by a selection panel composed of UTC faculty and administrators.  Each proposal will be evaluated using a 100-point scale aligned with the research proposal narrative. Proposals will be rank-ordered by score, and awardees will be notified of the outcome via email by early April, 2019.

Applicants must:

  • have a faculty mentor who will supervise the project.
  • develop the research proposal under the direction of a faculty mentor, and with the approval of the applicant’s department head (once an application is submitted it will be routed to the department head for approval).
    • Download the Proposal Guide HERE
    • Download a Proposal Template HERE
  • develop the project budget with the assistance of the faculty mentor
    • Download the Budget worksheet HERE

Note: Since the purpose of the program  is to provide hands-one experience with the research process, proposals must be written by the applicant not the faculty mentor.


Preparing Your Application

The following documents must be submitted with the online application: Gather these documents before you begin an application.

  • Your resume or CV
  • A copy of unofficial transcripts 
  • Mentor Letter of Support (The letter should address the mentor's commitment to supervise the 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).
  • Research Proposal Narrative
    • Download the Proposal Guide HERE
    • Download a Proposal Template HERE
  • Itemized project budget (Applicants will address budget needs in the proposal, and as part of the online application). Seek guidance from your faculty mentor when preparing the project budget.
    • Use this WORKSHEET to guide the budget discussion with your faculty mentor. You will enter the information contained in this worksheet on the online application form, so make certain to answer each section thoroughly.

Before you begin the application gather your CV or resume, mentor letter of support, proposal, unofficial transcripts, and budget information as you will upload these documents to the online form.

Applications must be submitted via this FORM no later than 11:45 PM March 4, 2019. Applicants will receive a confirmation message once an application has been submitted. Late submissions will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


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 REU application:

Korede Ajumobi: Korede-Ajumobi@utc.edu

Other Questions:

Contact the Office for URaCE: urace@utc.edu