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Research Associates Program (RAP)

Between their sophomore and junior year, 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, combined with a positive relationship with a faculty mentor, may significantly impact a student’s perspective about science and supports her development as young investigator. The Research Associates Program is a mechanism for supporting students who demonstrate a strong potential for research. 

Once accepted to the program, Research Associates are paired with a mentor based on research interests.  Trainees receive stipend support for an academic year-long research project and travel funds to attend a scientific conference.

The program fosters a research community through regular meetings to discuss scientific and professional development, and through events coordinated with other research programs on campus. Each spring, trainees present their research at Spelman’s Annual Research Day

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 are selected based on the research interests of the applicants, the research project designed for the student and the faculty member’s commitment to student mentoring.   Mentors will receive a supply budget to support the research activities of their RAP trainee. 

Spelman faculty and faculty at Metropolitan Atlanta Research Institutions can apply for a Faculty Research Mentor position by visiting this page.

Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available on February 15, 2015, and they are due on March 15, 2015.