PATHS-UP SUMMER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES
During the PATHS-UP summer research experience, participants will work closely with faculty members, graduate students and undergraduate mentors on current research projects, make short progress presentations to their peers during program meetings, attend presentation skills workshops, make a formal poster presentation of their research experience at the end of the program, and submit a written, final report describing the results of their research. Students should not enroll in additional academic courses during the summer sessions. It is hoped that the students participating in the program will make significant contributions to ongoing faculty research and, more importantly, will gain an appreciation for and an interest in graduate school and a future research career.
COVID-19 Update: At this time, PATHS-UP aims to offer an in person REU experience during Summer 2021. In the coming months, this plan may evolve as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to conditions/restrictions that impact each institution.
- Provide hands-on learning experiences, expose undergraduate students to research techniques and integrate them into the research community at PATHS-UP institutions.
- Enhance the student’s technical background, communication and leadership skills in their chosen PATHS-UP field.
- Increase students’ interest and knowledge regarding graduate education.
- Encourage undergraduate students to attend graduate school and increase the number who receive graduate degrees.
- Exposure and practice designing, conducting, and analyzing biomedical experiments.
- Contributions towards real translational research objectives.
- Experience with cutting-edge methods for modeling system behavior, detecting chemical biomarkers, constructing multiplexed assays, and designing custom biomaterials.
- Develop computational skills by processing complex datasets from experiments.
- Practice using cutting-edge research tools and techniques.
Summer 2021 Program Details
The 10 week program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research at one of our four partner institutions (TAMU, UCLA, Rice, and FIU). This year’s program will involve undergraduate students from across the nation as well as 1st year students from our four partner institutions. With funding provided by the National Science Foundation, we aim to support more than 10 undergraduate students during summer 2021. Students accepted into the PATHS-UP Summer Research Experience Program – designated as PATHS-UP Scholars – will sequentially complete four on-line technical modules (aligned with the technical thrusts of PATHS-UP), be matched with a PATHS-UP laboratory aligned with their interests and complete a 10-week research training experience.
Program Dates & Application Process
The application requires statements describing the applicant’s research interests and technical skills, along with unofficial transcripts. Applicants are encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline. Application Deadline: To receive full consideration, apply by February 8th, 2021, 8:00AM CST.
To participate in the program, students should:
- have an interest in and a desire to participate in ongoing research in one of the four PATHS-UP thrust areas with the goal of developing enabling technologies and advanced engineered systems toward better health for underserved populations;
- have completed their first year in almost any curriculum of engineering and the physical and mathematical sciences;
- plan to graduate no earlier than December 2021;
- be 18 years of age or older;
- be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
We are committed to recruiting, supporting, and engaging a diverse group of undergraduate students from across the nation and 1st year students from our four partner institutions in a PATHS-UP summer research experience. Thus, we are looking for students at all levels including first year students majoring in STEM. Additionally, students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM as well as student with diverse experiences and/or backgrounds are strongly encourage to apply for a PATHS-UP summer research experience.
PATHS-UP Scholars must specifically meet the following criteria:
- Students selected for grant support may not be enrolled in additional courses, other than the required independent study/research course, during either summer school session.
- Research hours to be worked are determined by individual faculty members (40 hours / week).
- Each student will be required to participate in a research poster session at the end of the ten-week grant period.
- Each student will be required to prepare a research plan, two progress reports, and a poster presentation describing the results of his/her research program.
- Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Each participant will receive a $4000 stipend
- Students whose primary residence is out of the area will receive financial support for housing and up to $700 in travel support to/from the PATHS-UP institution