University Apprenticeship Program Summer Applications Due April 15

Posted: March 19, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: March 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Faculty members and undergraduate students have a month to prepare and submit their applications for the summer 2010 Undergraduate Faculty-Student Apprenticeship Program (UAP).

Up to 18 scholarly projects will be selected in a competitive process. The deadline to apply is April 15.

The program is designed to encourage 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.

A $1,000 stipend is provided to the students selected for the program. 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 who participate.

First preference will be given to junior faculty.

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

Faculty members and students should collaborate and submit applications online. Suggestions on applying for an undergraduate apprenticeship program, sample applications and faculty and student application forms are on the web site.

Because of increasing competition for apprenticeships, the GPAs of successful student applicants have been significantly higher than the minimum required. Students may apply for a second apprenticeship, but are less likely to receive a renewal than in past years.

Faculty members may mentor only one student per semester or summer through this program. Students must request that a particular faculty member agree to mentor them on a project of their own selection.

For future planning purposes, fall 2010 UAP applications will be due in mid-August.

For more information, contact Deirdre Moloney, director of the Fellowships and Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program, at

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