The Office for Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce support for undergraduate research, scientific communication, and preparation for careers in biological, physical and mathematical sciences through the Duke Energy Bioscience Scholars program. The DEBS program will continue in 2013. The goals of the program are to encourage early involvement in research and to support rising first-year students as they acclimatize to college.

Eligibility and Program requirements:

Students will be recruited to the program after being admitted to UNC-Chapel Hill. Selected students will arrive on campus 1 week prior to the start of the second summer session for normal orientation activities called New Student Orientation. They will live on campus during the second summer session (5 weeks) prior to their matriculation as first-year students with other scholars and their undergraduate mentors. They will enroll in one college course during the second summer session and carry out a research project after "shadowing" their undergraduate mentor, together with advice from a faculty research advisor.

Anticipated number and amount of awards:

We expect to make 10 awards of $2,000 each, plus tuition and room for the 5 week summer session.

Application materials:

Invited students should complete the Application Form, save it, and submit it as an email attachment to the program director, Dr. Nalin Parikh ( before 8 a.m. May 8, 2013.

Reporting requirements:

During the summer, the students will attend scheduled group meetings to discuss their research progress. At the end of the summer, each student will present his or her work at the closing symposium for program participants. In addition, each student must prepare an abbreviated PowerPoint presentation for display on the OUR website. To view previous PowerPoint displays, please visit the Past SMART and DEBS Student Projects page.