NSURP is a community-driven initiative to create rewarding remote summer research opportunities for BIPOC and Latinx undergraduate students in the microbial sciences and computational immunology.
Summer projects in university labs, companies, and other organizations are vital opportunities to enrich undergraduate students’ learning. They’re invaluable tools for cultivating a deeper love for science, developing new skills, connecting with mentors, growing professional networks, and opening doors to new opportunities.
Unfortunately, campus and laboratory closures due to COVID-19 have forced the cancelation of many formal summer research experience programs. The impact of COVID-19 disruptions is especially profound on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Latinx students. The National Summer Undergraduate Research Project (NSURP) is designed to:
- Matchmake BIPOC and Latinx undergraduate students on a nationwide level to microbiology laboratory mentors who can provide a remote summer research project experience.
- Provide a BIPOC and Latinx science and professional development seminar series for those students.
- Provide a platform for the matched students to present their research online in an official capacity.
Now, more than ever, BIPOC and Latinx students need allies, support, and opportunities.
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- What: A matchmaking program to connect underrepresented undergraduate students in STEM with mentors (PIs, or their designated lab members) in the microbial sciences who will supervise those students in a remote-work summer research project. Students in the program will be expected to attend the seminar speakers and online lectures focused on professional development. Students will be expected to work full time (40 hours per week) and will make $600 dollars per week. We expect accept roughly 40 students into this program.
- How: Mentors will submit project descriptions to the NSURP site; at the same time URM undergraduate students will submit applications for a match through the site. The NSURP team will connect students with mentors and from there, the research project is in the hands of the student and the mentor. NSURP organizers will arrange weekly seminars and professional development talks that students are also expected to participate in.
- When: The program will be 8 weeks long and begin June 14th 2021 and end August 6th.
- Where: Wherever you are right now. This experience is meant to be completely virtual.