- SPUR 2010
- Letters of Recommendation
June 10, 2012 - August 4, 2012
Application Deadline: April 2, 2012
ParticipantsAlthough all students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields are eligible for this program, we are particularly interested in applications from students of those population groups currently underrepresented in STEM fields (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders). Students who are undergraduates or who have graduated within the last two years are encouraged to apply.
Goals of the ProgramMany students are unaware of opportunities for careers in STEM fields. A principal goal of the Northeast Alliance Summer Program for Undergraduate Research is to introduce undergraduate students to STEM research and prepare them for graduate school and academic careers in STEM disciplines. The program provides hands-on positive research experiences and mentoring in a supportive setting.
Student ActivitiesParticipants will be assigned both a faculty mentor and a near-peer mentor in a laboratory of interest to that student and will spend approximately five days a week working with their mentors to complete a research project in the 8-week session. Other activities include field trips and group activities in which participants will hear from faculty and graduate student role models about STEM research and career paths. Participants will meet frequently with their peers and mentors to discuss the progress of their projects. They will also learn about preparing for, and applying to, graduate school. At the end, of the program students will prepare and present a poster describing their project at a formal, public poster session.
Health InsuranceParticipants must have a current medical insurance plan in place to cover any health needs that arise during the period of the SPUR program. Participants must submit evidence of such insurance before starting the program.
Travel SupportUp to $600 is reimbursable for the cost of round-trip travel.
StipendParticipants will receive a total stipend of $2,800. Room and board will be paid by the program.
ApplicationYou can download a paper application. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this PDF file. Deadline for applications is April 2nd.
How to apply:
Interested parties should download and fully complete the application or fill it out online here. Along with the completed application other required items are:
- One page personal statement
- Two letters of recommendations
- Official transcripts
- Copy of a birth certificate, passport or proof of permanent residency
- List of current courses
- Proof of health insurance must be provided before participating in the program
Note: You only need to fill out one application for applying to both SPUR and PREP programs. All materials must be received by April 1
Photos from the 2010 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research
SPUR Picnic Pictures
To view full-size pictures and their captions, please click on the thumbnails.