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 for selected transfer students. The program is supported by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation funded by the National Science Foundation.

Eligibility and Program requirements:

Students will be nominated to apply to the program by Undergraduate Retention and the CSTEP program based on their academic achievements in their first semester after transferring to Carolina. Selected students will be matched to a laboratory based on their interests. They will carry out a research project while "shadowing" their undergraduate mentor during the second summer session (5 weeks), together with advice from a faculty research advisor and a graduate student co-mentor. Students are expected to devote 30 hours/week to lab work and program activities. Students may also choose to enroll in a single course during the second summer session if they wish.

Anticipated number and amount of awards:

We expect to make 10 awards of $2,000 each. Students will be responsible for their own housing and tuition (if they choose to enroll in a course).

Application materials:

Invited students should complete the Application Form, save it, and submit it as an email attachment to the program director, Dr. Gidi Shemer ( before 8 a.m. March 28, 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 Student Projects page.