University Apprenticeship Program Accepting Applications for the Fall

Posted: July 14, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Faculty members and undergraduate students have a month to prepare and submit their applications for the fall 2009 Undergraduate Faculty-Student Apprenticeship Program (UAP) .

Semester-long scholarly projects, on which faculty members and students work closely together, will be selected in a competitive process. Up to 18 applicants will be chosen to participate in the program. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is Aug. 15.

The program encourages Mason’s high-achieving undergraduate students to become involved in research and creative projects early in their academic careers, under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

UAP does not match students and faculty members ― students must ask a particular faculty member to mentor them on a project they choose.

Students selected for the program receive a $1,000 stipend. Students are also funded to attend several undergraduate research conferences or disciplinary conferences, including that of the Colonial Academic Alliance. Some stipends to cover materials purchased as part of the project are available to faculty members who participate. First preference will be given to junior faculty members.

In addition to meeting and working closely with their faculty members, students will meet as a group three times during the semester to discuss professional development issues, including preparing for graduate school, finding graduate funding, writing abstracts and designing a poster or other professional presentation.

Because of the increasingly competitive nature of the program in the past few semesters, the GPAs of successful student applicants have been significantly higher than the minimum required.

Applications from all disciplines and departments are encouraged. Faculty members and students should collaborate and submit applications online.

Students are eligible to apply for a second apprenticeship, but are less likely to receive a renewal than in past years. Faculty members are eligible to mentor just one student per semester or summer through this program.

Spring 2010 UAP applications will be due in mid-November, and summer 2010 applications will be due in mid-April.

For more information, contact Deirdre Moloney, director of fellowships and UAP.

UAP is now part of Mason’s new Honors College and will soon be housed in Enterprise Hall, Room 308.

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