Undergraduate Research Assistantship Application Spring 2014

Undergraduate Research Assistantship Application

Spring 2014 Awards
Due Monday, December 2nd, 5:00 PM

The Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry Departments invite applications for their Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program.  These Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URAs) are competitive awards, and the awards committee will evaluate capacity for success in research (not simply GPA). We especially encourage you to apply if you are an under-represented student in the sciences, a student from an economically disadvantaged background, or a first generation college student.

Students selected for this program can either receive a stipend of $650 or academic credit to conduct research under the mentorship of a faculty member during the spring 2014 semester.  This application is used for all categories of research and should be completed by all students interested in participating in a research experience.

Students that currently have a URA must reapply if they wish to receive support for a second semester.  In most cases, academic year HHMI-funded URAs are limited to a maximum of two per student.  However, if a student wishes to apply for support beyond two semester, they may submit a Proposal for Continued Support.  Students should work with their faculty mentor to develop this proposal following this format (Guide to Proposal for Continued Support).  Proposals must be submitted by email to Dr. Glass by the standard deadline (December 2nd).  Decisions on continued support will be made the awards committee based on availability of funds and the quality of the proposal.

General information on the research program and descriptions of individual faculty member’s research projects are found on the Undergraduate Research webpage, under "Faculty Research Interests":  http://www.gonzaga.edu/undergradresearch


All full-time Gonzaga students are eligible to apply, except Chemistry and Biochemistry majors completing their senior thesis (CHEM 498A and 498B).  Biology majors are expected to be enrolled in the Research Concentration.  For more information on the Research Option Concentration, talk to your advisor or click here.  Students who receive a URA will be registered for either BIOL 395 or CHEM 395 (both for 0 academic credits).


In addition to the general URA awards described above, two research positions may be awarded with preference given to students who have an interest in a specific field.  More information on these two awards is given below.

The Tripp Award is specifically for student research in biochemistry, with 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 that should be submitted to Dr. Glass at the time of application.  Also, be sure to include your interest in philosophy in the essay portion of your application, in section 4, and check the correct box listed there.

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 ensure that you check the correct box in section 4, and describe in the essay section your interests in veterinary medicine and any previous experience you have in this field.

Additionally, if you are interested in doing research with any of the WWAMI faculty, please complete this on-line application and then send an additional email to Dr Glass.  Your email should include the name of the WWAMI faculty member you have contacted and any other specifics about the position, such as whether you would like to do research for credit, stipend, or as a volunteer.  Please note that HHMI funds can not be applied toward research in WWAMI labs at this time.


Program expectations include the following:

  • Development of research goals and timelines
  • Timely progress toward these goals and appropriate troubleshooting
  • Assessment of program activities
  • A presentation of final results, either as a final report and/or oral or poster presentation.

Students are expected to work an average of five hours per week for 13 weeks during the semester.  Details of the research experience will vary with faculty mentors, however, and students are advised to clarify expectations with their assigned mentor prior to accepting an award.

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 if you have any questions about how to fulfill this requirement.


To get involved in research simply requires an agreement between you and a faculty mentor.  If you do not receive a paid assistantship, other options for getting research experience include volunteering in a lab or earning academic credit.  In some cases, your mentor may have alternative resources to pay student research assistants.
Contact Christy Watson with any questions you may have about the program in general, the application process, award criteria, or simply for more information (watsonc@gonzaga.edu).


Applications are due Monday, December 2nd by 5pm.  

It is recommended that you compose your answers in a word document, and then cut and paste into this form just prior to submission. Incomplete forms will not be saved.


Note that the last question is for data-gathering purposes, is voluntary, and will not be seen by faculty other than the program director (Dr. Staub) and program officer (Dr. Glass).
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