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Undergraduate Academic Year Research Associates Program

Between sophomore and junior years, students navigate the transition from introductory coursework to an elective based curriculum in which students tailor their coursework to their interests.  This juncture represents an important opportunity to support students who display an interest in considering a research driven career path.

A first research experience at this point and a positive relationship with a faculty mentor may significant impact student perspective about science and supports her development and as young investigator. The Research Associates Program (RAP) is a mechanism for supporting students who demonstrate a strong potential for research.

Students are no longer required to have a Spelman faculty member nominate them to participate in the Research Associates Program; however, they are required to submit a recommendation letter. Once accepted to the program, Research Associates (RA's) will be paired with a mentor based on research interests and receive stipend support for a year-long research project and travel funds to attend a scientific conference. Once accepted to the program, Research Associates (RA’s) will be paired with a mentor based on research interests and receive stipend support for a year-long research project and travel funds to attend a scientific conference.

The program will foster a research community through regular meetings to discuss scientific and professional development and through events coordinated with other research programs on campus. Each spring, RA’s will present their research at Spelman’s Annual Research Day. RA’s will also participate in outreach activities with high school students through our Spelman Mentor Network.

Faculty committed to providing introductory research experiences to students can apply to be considered as a Faculty Research Mentor. Research Mentors can be a member of Spelman faculty or a research scientist at a research institution in Metropolitan Atlanta.

Research mentors will be selected based on the research interests of the applicants, the research project designed for the student and the faculty member’s commitment to mentoring student and positively impact the student’s decision making about pursuing a research career.   Mentors will receive a supply budget to support the research activities of their RA and develop their mentoring skills through an annual workshop on Spelman’s campus.



Spelman faculty and faculty at Metropolitan Atlanta Research Institutions can apply for a Faculty Research Mentor position by visiting the following website:

http://princess.spelman.edu/howardhughes.nsf/ResearchMentor