Apprenticeship Program Seeks Applicants

Posted: April 11, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason Undergraduate Faculty-Student Apprenticeship program is seeking applications for summer 2002.

This program is designed to introduce students to “scholarship-in-action” in their major field of study. The experience is intended to complement and enrich required course material, providing undergraduates with the unique opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty. Students in the program come from all segments of the university to pursue projects. Some recent ones include instrument design for e-field control of epilepsy; Altacama Desert Halophillic bacteria isolation; online fundraising–a regional analysis; and enculturation of captive primates. Many of the student participants go on to present their work at local or national professional meetings.

Selection for the program is competitive and based on the student’s project description, the degree of involvement of the proposed faculty mentor, and the student’s background. The 15 students chosen for the apprenticeship receive a stipend and a modest allowance for supplies or reference materials. Faculty work with the students to teach them skills such as writing an abstract and effective presentation of their work.

Applications for next semester’s apprenticeships are due by Thursday, April 25, for first consideration. For more information and an application form, visit or contact Laurie Fathe at x38671 or

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