Application Requirements for the Undergraduate Research Program
2014 Program Dates:
Monday, May 19 - Friday, July 25, 2014
Students who are interested in working in the areas of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, pharmacy, and physics will be considered for a variety of available funds. Students from universities other than Duquesne will be eligible for departmental funding. Duquesne University students are eligible for a portion of all funds.
Students may apply for all funding from the Undergraduate Research Program during their freshman, sophomore, or junior year. Seniors will be considered for individual faculty grant funds and some departmental funds.
Ten Weeks of Research - During the program, students will pursue a research project within the laboratory of a Duquesne faculty member.
Safety Lecture and Orientation - The program will begin with an orientation designed to familiarize the students with laboratory procedure and allow the students to get to know one another.
Community Service - Students may participate in a variety of predetermined volunteer activities or propose their own volunteer activities in many areas of science.
Seminar Series - A seminar series will be offered throughout the summer for students in Duquesne research programs. The 2014 series will center on career opportunities in the sciences.
Ethics Forum - In collaboration with a faculty mentor and other undergraduate researchers, students will present a relevant ethical issue at a forum hosted by the University of Pittsburgh.
Symposium - The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences sponsors an undergraduate research symposium at the end of the ten week period. All students will present their work in poster format at this symposium and eight students will give oral presentations. This is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduates and faculty alike to see the work of summer research students from the local area.
Applicants for the Summer 2014 Undergraduate Research Program and the Chemistry NSF/REU may work in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences or the Mylan School of Pharmacy. Please submit only one application. The committee will consider each applicant for all eligible funds. A complete application includes:
Students are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible. All fields must be completed. APPLICATION DEADLINES are as follows:
— Duquesne University Students: February 15, 2014.
— External Students: February 1, 2014.
COPY OF YOUR MOST RECENT OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
Duquesne Students - Please visit Duquesne's Registrar's Office to request your official transcript (at no charge). All Fall 2013 grades must appear on your official transcript. Be sure to clearly indicate that you are ordering the transcript for the Undergraduate Research Program. The transcript should be sent via interoffice mail to Philip Clarke, 100 Mellon Hall. The transcript must arrive by FEBRUARY 15, 2014.
External Students - Order an official transcript from your university registrar. The transcript must arrive by FEBRUARY 1, 2014. The transcript should be sent to: Undergraduate Research Program, Attn: Philip Clarke, 100 Mellon Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282.
TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Letters should be from faculty who can assess your ability to do research. The online application provides a link for you to submit names and email addresses of two faculty members who can provide letters of recommendation.
Letters of recommendation must be received by the following deadlines:
— Duquesne University Students: February 15, 2014
— External Students: February 1, 2014
Resumes should be one page in length. You will upload your resume when you complete the online application.
STATEMENT OF GOALS
The statement of goals should be no longer than one page, single spaced. Include your reasons for wanting to do research, how you feel this program will benefit you, and a short list of faculty whose research interests you. See Science Faculty for a faculty listing by department. If you are currently working on a research project, please limit the description of the project to one paragraph. Statements are very important to the selection process. You will upload your Statement of Goals when you complete the online application.
Letters of Recommendation, Resume, and Statement of Goals
If, for any reason, you are unable to upload your materials via the online application, you may email the two letters of recommendation, resume, and statement of goals to email@example.com.
All official transcripts must be sent to:
Undergraduate Research Program
Attn: Philip Clarke
100 Mellon Hall
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
The online application, along with all required materials, must be received by the following deadlines:
Duquesne University Students: February 15, 2014
External Students: February 1, 2014
We will announce when decisions are made. For further information, call 412.396.4172 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students selected for the Undergraduate Research Program are required to complete 10 weeks of research from May 19 to July 25, 2014, a safety lecture, participate in the summer symposium, complete a community service project in the area of science, attend summer speaker seminars, and participate in the Ethics Forum. The stipend for Duquesne University students for the 10-week period is $4,000.*
*Stipend amount may vary based on the funding source.