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Paid Summer Research Opportunity at Yale

The FDI Collaborative has partnered with Yale University to allow PASSHE students to be considered for their prestigious eight-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).

According to its website, the Yale SURF is designed to provide research experiences for qualified undergraduates that will familiarize students with the kind of work they can expect to do in graduate school, provide them with insight into the many steps involved in building a career based on Ph.D.-level training, and foster a sense of confidence regarding their own abilities and potential. Students are immersed in an academic, professional setting involving a working relationship with a faculty mentor, a post-doctoral associate, and/or an advanced graduate student; a program of individual research; and participation in a series of program workshops and panel discussions.

The focus of the program is primarily on research and on the methods of professional research. Students in the natural sciences learn advanced laboratory methods and conduct Ph.D.-level research in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Students in the humanities and social sciences work closely with mentors and have at their disposal the considerable archival resources found in the Yale University libraries. Emphasis is also placed on the presentation of research findings to colleagues. All students develop a proposal, give a final presentation to their peers, submit a written final paper, and attend the Leadership Alliance National Symposium to present their research.

If selected as a fellow for Yale’s SURF, students are housed at no charge in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences dormitory. Students receive a $1,000 food allowance at the start of the program. Air or train transportation to and from the program will be covered up to $450 (not including excess luggage charges). All travel arrangements are made through the SURF Program Office. Students will also receive a stipend of $3,000 upon successful participation in, and completion of, the program.

Other guidelines:

  • Applicants should be sophomores or juniors and be planning to pursue a doctorate in their field. Students interested in pursuing professional degrees are not good candidates for this program.
  • The application becomes available on November 1 and is due February 1, 2014. Visit the Leadership Alliance for information on participating universities and application procedures.
  • On the application, students select up to three schools to consider their application. If Yale is one of the three, forward the full name, program/department, and year (sophomore, etc.) to Dr. Veronica Watson by January 31, 2014.
  • Students should work with faculty mentors to complete the process. If no mentor has been identified, please contact Dr. Veronica Watson for assistance.

The program at Yale is particularly interested in identifying and providing research experience to talented students from historically underrepresented groups.

If interested in this opportunity, check the Leadership Alliance site on November 1, 2013 for the official application.

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