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SMART Program

SMART Program

Summer Mentoring And Research Training

 

I.    The Program

The Newberry College Summer Mentoring And Research Training (SMART) Program was created to add to the academic experience of Newberry College students by providing them with opportunities to work with faculty during the summer.  The program is intended for motivated students to gain research experience with direct faculty mentoring.  Newberry College SMART student-scholars experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity in a living-learning environment.

II.     What is Undergraduate Research?

The Counsel on Undergraduate Research, CUR, defines undergraduate research as: An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

The Counsel on Undergraduate Research, CUR, defines undergraduate research as: An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

III.    Program Requirements

SMART Student-scholars are required:

ü  to conduct a Newberry College research project for ten weeks during the summer

ü  to participate in bi-weekly lunch seminars.

ü  to give a presentation based on summer research during the academic year at a SMART focus series event.

ü  to keep an e-journal or blog

ü  to present a poster or talk at Research Day the following fall.

SMART Faculty Sponsors are required:

ü  to meet with the student-scholar at least1 hour per week,

ü  to attend bi-weekly lunch seminars,

ü  to assist the student-scholar in Research Day poster preparation,

ü  to mentor the student-scholar for 10 weeks during the summer research project,

ü  to attend Research Day the following fall

 

IV.     Program Rewards

ü  the inclusion in the celebrated SMART program,

ü  the intellectual stimulation of performing novel research,

ü  $2500 stipend and room for student-scholars,

ü  compensation for faculty based on level of time commitment,

ü  the opportunity to present your novel research at Research Day

 

V.     Application Process and Checklist

Interested students should contact a Newberry college faculty member to discuss a potential research project, or attend a SMART-focus seminar. The SMART Program Review Board, including faculty familiar with the proposed area of research, will review proposals. See application form for details.

Applicants must submit:

  • Application
  • Research proposal 
  • Itemized budget in Excel
  • Letter of support from faculty mentor
  • A brief letter of reference from a second faculty member 

Forms can be found in Wolf Den under the 'Research' tab.   Applications should be submitted by January 18, 2013. Decisions will be announced March 1, 2013.  Questions may be directed to Dr. Evelyn Swain, Director of the program at evelyn.swain@newberry.edu.

 

VI.    CUR Student Registry

The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers.  The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research.  The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Engineering, Geosciences, Health Professions, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

 

Any undergraduate may go to www.cur.org/ugreg/ to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form.  There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to bona fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service.  Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access.  Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities (www.cur.org).

 

SMART Program