Applications for Fall Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program Sought

Posted: August 4, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Faculty members and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit applications for the fall 2010 Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program (UAP).

Faculty mentors and students will be selected in a competitive process. The faculty-student pairs will work closely together throughout the semester on a scholarly project. Up to 18 projects will be selected. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Aug. 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 member.

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 finding funding and preparing for graduate school; designing a poster or other professional presentation; and writing abstracts.

Applications from all disciplines and departments are encouraged. Students do not have to be in the Honors Program to be eligible to participate. Faculty members and students should collaborate and submit their applications online.

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.

The program does not match students and faculty. Students are responsible for selecting a project and finding a faculty member to mentor them. For more information on previous program participants and their projects, see the UAP website.

The UAP is part of Mason’s Honors College in Enterprise Hall. For other questions, contact LaNitra Berger, director of the Fellowships and Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program, at or call 703-993-2917.

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