Undergraduate Research Assistantship Application Fall 2015
Undergraduate Research Assistantship Application
Fall 2015 Awards
Deadline Monday, September 7th, 2015 at 5:00pm
The Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry Departments invite applications for their HHMI Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program. the HHMI Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URAs) are competitive awards. The awards committee will evaluate capacity for success in research (not simply GPA). We especially encourage you to apply if you are a students of color, from an economically disadvantaged background, or a first generation college student. Students who currently have a HHMI URA must reapply if they wish to receive support for a second semester.
Students selected for this program will receive a stipend of $650 to conduct research with a faculty mentor during the semester. (Please note that stipends are subject to taxes).
In most cases, HHMI URAs are limited to a maximum of two per student. However, 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 Dr. Glass 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.
General information on the research program and descriptions of individual faculty member's research projects are found on the Faculty Research Interests webpage.
All full-time Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry Majors are eligible to apply with the exception of Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors completing their senior thesis requirement (CHEM 498A and 498B). Students who receive a URA will be registered for BIOL395 or CHEM395, depending on the area of research, for 0 academic credits. Biology students are encourage to enroll in the Research Concentration.
In addition to the HHMI URA awards described above, two research positions will 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 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 Dr. Glass 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 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 and check the appropriate box in the application.
Additionally, 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 Dr. Glass. Your email should include the WSU faculty member you have contacted and any other specifics about the position. Please note that HHMI funds cannot be applied toward research in the WSU labs at this time.
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. 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. As a part of your HHMI 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.
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 research include volunteering in a lab or earning academic credit. In some cases, your mentor may have alternative resources to pay student research assistants. This application is used for all categories of research, and should be completed by any student interested in participating in a research experience.
Contact the Research Coordinator for more information.