Application Deadline: April 10, 2009 --- Notification of Awards: April 20, 2009

This Program has Two Tracks

  • Track 1 is for a research project involving only one student
  • Track 2 is for a research project that involves two students
Only one application (track 1 or track 2) per faculty mentor

Program Description:

This program is intended to help students confirm their interest in a STEM major (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by providing an opportunity for an 8-week summer research experience in science (biology, earth science, geology, chemistry, and physics), math, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering technology, and computer information systems. Each track 1 award will provide a $2,500 student stipend and a $1,000 faculty stipend. An additional $500 is provided to cover the cost of travel and supplies related to the project. Each track 2 award will provide a $2,500 stipend for each student and a $2,000 faculty stipend. An additional $1000 is provided to cover the cost of travel and supplies related to the project.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Student must be matriculated and classified as a freshman or sophomore, with <13 credit hours of coursework in their major at the time of applying to the program. Note: Credit hour limit refers to courses with the same prefix as major and does not include STEM courses with other prefixes (e.g., MAT courses taken by a biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science/geology major).
  2. Student must be in good academic standing, with preference given to students with a G.P.A. > 2.5
  3. Desire to pursue a STEM major.

A goal of this experience is to develop a group of research students working on related projects. To meet this goal, we especially encourage applications for projects that foster development and expansion of research groups led by individual or collaborating faculty. Ideally, the research groups will include early and advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Proposals that include two undergraduate research students working on a related research project are also eligible. Other research group 'models' are possible, and faculty mentors are encouraged to contact J. Singer to discuss their ideas.

Program Requirements for Funded Students:

  1. Mandatory orientation meeting for student
  2. Attendance at weekly scheduled seminars
  3. End-of-summer short presentation of research project (poster or talk)
  4. Presentation at the annual Student Research and Creativity Celebration
  5. Participation in the evaluation of the program

Proposal Evaluation:

Proposals will be reviewed by anonymous faculty within the STEM departments. Selection of projects will include efforts to balance department participation in this program.

Project Criteria:

  1. Clarity of the project description (20 points)
  2. Appropriateness of the approach and/or method (10 points)
  3. Likelihood of a successful outcome (5 points)

Student Criteria:

  1. Statement of interest in pursuing a STEM major (20 points)
  2. Recommendation from the faculty mentor (10 points)

Faculty Mentor Criteria:

  1. Mentoring plan (20 points)
  2. Statement of plan to help student explore career opportunities and interact with other undergraduate majors and/or graduate students. (15 points)

Note: An unofficial transcript will be obtained from the Registrar by Dr. Jill Singer, Project Director, NSF-STEP program. This transcript will only be used by the member of the faculty committee that reviews fellowship applications.

Choose your track:
Track 1--One Student

Track 2--Two Students