Undergraduate Research Assistantship Application Fall 2016
Undergraduate Research Assistantship Application
Fall 2016 Awards
Deadline Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 5:00 pm
The Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry Departments invite applications for their Undergraduate Research Program. These awards are competitive. Applicants will be evaluated on their capacity for success in research (not simply GPA). We especially encourage you to apply if you are a student of color, from an economically disadvantaged background, or a first generation college student. Getting started in research begins with an agreement between you and a faculty mentor. General information on the research program and descriptions of individual faculty member's research projects are found on the Faculty Research Interests web page. All full-time science majors are eligible to apply with the exception of Chemistry & Biochemistry Majors completing their senior thesis requirement (CHEM 498A and 498B). Biology students are encouraged to enroll in the Research Concentration.
This application is used for all categories of research and must be completed by any student interested in participating in a research experience, regardless of which option is chosen below. Students are expected to work five hours a week for 13 weeks. Details of the research experience will vary with faculty mentors. Students are advised to clarify expectations with their assigned mentor prior to accepting an award.
(A) Research for Credit: Students must sign up for BIOL498 or CHEM390 for 1-2 credits. One credit hour is equivalent to ~5 hours/week doing research. Discuss with your mentor the number of credits that work best for you. Enrollment paperwork can be picked up from Angie Hinz, HU118 and must be completed at the beginning of the semester, preferably before work with the faculty member begins.
(B) Research for Stipend: Exemplary students will be selected for a limited number of stipends. Discuss in your application why you feel you are a good fit for a monetary award. Use this opportunity to highlight your strengths. Note that some awards have specific requirements that must be met. Students will be paid $650 at the end of the semester worked (stipends are subject to taxes). Students who currently have a paid URA must reapply if they wish to receive support for a second semester. Students who receive a stipend will be registered for BIOL395 or CHEM395, depending on the area of research, for zero academic credits.
(C) Research Volunteer: A great way to get your feet wet and find out if research is a good fit for you. Students will be registered for BIOL395 or CHEM395, depending on the area of research, for zero academic credits.
The Tripp Award is specifically for research in biochemistry, with a preference given to a student who also has an interest in philosophy. Note that it is not necessary to be a biochemistry major to be considered for this award. If you are interested in being considered for this award, please arrange for a letter of recommendation from a member of the Philosophy Department and submit this to Angie Hinz at the time of application. Also, be sure to include your interest in philosophy in the essay portion of your application and check the appropriate box in the application.
The Nakamaye Research Award is an endowed fund set up to honor Dr. Kay Nakamaye, who taught in the Chemistry department for 37 years. This award is open to students who are majoring in CHEM, BIOL or ENVS.
The St. Francis Award is specifically for a student who is interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. If you are interested in receiving the St. Francis Award, please describe your interest and any previous experience you have in veterninary medicine.
The Slobogean Award is used to support students engaged in scientific research under the supervision of faculty from the Biology or Chemistry/Biochemistry Departments.
If you are interested in doing research with any of the WSU faculty, please complete this on-line application and then send an additional email to Angie Hinz. Your email should include the WSU faculty member you have contacted and any other specifics about the position. Please note that stipend funds cannot be applied toward research in the WSU labs at this time.
In most cases, paid URAs are limited to a maximum of two per student. Students wishing to apply for support beyond two semesters may submit a Proposal for Continued Support. Students should work with their faculty mentor to develop this proposal, following these Proposal Guidelines. Proposals must be submitted by email to Angie HInz by the above deadline. Decisions on continued support will be made by the awards committee based on availability of funds and the quality of the proposal.
URA program expectations include the development of research goals and timelines, assessment of program activities, a poster presentation of the student's final research results, and/or a final abstract and report. As a part of your URA, you are also expected to participate in a Science Education Outreach program (Science in Action! or a similar program) for 16 hours a semester. Please contact Rachel Zack for additional information.
Contact Angie Hinz for more information regarding the application process.