You know we are going to help you do undergraduate research – it says so in our title (Scientists Prepared, Enriched and Challenged Through Research-based Activities). But what you may not know is how we are going to help.
The SPECTRA (Scientists Prepared, Enriched and Challenged Through Research-based Activities) Program has money to pay students to do research with a faculty member. You have the opportunity to work side-by-side with other students on actual research, not just bottle washing and data entry. And did we mention you would be doing this during your first couple years of school? Not many 1st and 2nd year students get the chance to do hands-on research that could lead to publication. Yeah, it’s kind of geeky, but way cool!
Students enroll in our Integrative Inquiry Seminar during the Spring semester which provides preparatory skills they need to be successful in a faculty-lab research experience. If you are interested, we can help you find a faculty-lab that would be a good fit and you then receive training on how to do research both from your faculty mentor and peer mentors. The peer mentor is an undergraduate student (usually a couple of years ahead of you in school) who has extensive research background.
And did we mention that we would pay you to do this? You receive a stipend for your work in the lab (and this work can also fulfill any scholarship renewal requirements you may have with the University). We also have supported students to conduct study abroad research programs during the summer.