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) while participating in the URAP program.
2) While participating in the URAP program, will not hold eoutsidemployment.
There are no exceptions to the two criteria listed above. If you plan to be engaged in part-time employment, internships or coursework, you should not submit an application for this program.