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Week of February 19, 2018


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Need undergraduate research assistants this summer?


Will you be conducting research over the summer that requires the assistance of an undergraduate student? Then you or your student should apply for one of the many summer-based undergraduate research programs provided by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL). All programs provide student compensation and/or funds for project supplies.


During the summer semester, undergraduates and faculty have an opportunity to apply for up to $3,500 to support student engagement projects through the Student Engagement Fund (SEF). The summer SEF application is currently available until Wednesday, Feb. 28, for both faculty and students. Would you like a student to travel with you to present at or attend a conference? Have the student apply for the Undergraduate Student Engagement Travel (USET) Grant. Applications for USET are due on the 15th of each month.


The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) allows students to engage in full-time faculty-mentored research (40-plus hours/week) for an eight-week period during the summer semester. Weekly workshops, meetings and educational trips allow students to learn what research looks like in their field of study while gaining experience writing and presenting formal research. Selected participants receive housing, meals and a $3,500 stipend during the duration of the program (June 18-Aug. 10). SROP Faculty Mentors also receive compensation for their time throughout this program. Applications for SROP are currently available for students and have a deadline of Sunday, March 11.


For more information on undergraduate research or any of the above-mentioned programs, contact Destiny McDonald, assistant director for Undergraduate Research in OSEEL at or 815-753-8159.

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