University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

January 19, 2005
Toccara Brown, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6637

USA Summer Research Program Seeks Applicants

The University of South Alabama's University Committee for Undergraduate Research is accepting applications for its Summer Undergraduate Research Program--a program that encourages undergraduate students to become involved in basic research projects in their fields of study under the direction of full-time faculty members.

A 12-week, multi-disciplinary program, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program is designed to improve students' critical thinking skills, as well as increase their interaction with students from other disciplines.

In addition to providing participants with professional job experience, the summer research program offers student stipends and supplies for qualifying projects. UCUR is accepting applications from USA juniors and seniors with a 3.0 grade-point average or higher. In special cases, students with a lower GPA may be considered.

Application forms may be downloaded from the UCUR Web page, They may also be requested by phone from Dr. Anne Boettcher, assistant professor of biological sciences, at 460-7527 or e-mail at

Students who have not identified their advisors but want to participate in summer research projects must complete the student background section of the application and submit it with a transcript by Feb. 28.

Those students who have secured their advisors must submit their applications by March 28. Applications have to be completed by both students and advisors. Faculty members are asked to identify potential participants and encourage them to apply.

The USA Summer Undergraduate Research Program is funded by the Office of Academic Affairs, the USA Honors Program, individual departments in the USA College of Medicine, individual academic units (colleges), the National Science Foundation, individual faculty grants(including the National Institutes of Health, NSF, Environmental Protection Agency), and the Alabama Space Grant Consortium.

For more information on USA's Summer Undergraduate Research Program, see UCUR's Web page.

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