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2017-2018 Guidelines

Undergraduate students from any College who wish to conduct research with a faculty member in the College of Medicine are eligible to compete for this award. Applicants must have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, and have at least one more year of undergraduate studies remaining. Students should contact a faculty member with whom they would like to conduct research and then complete the University Scholars Program application form that is available at the USP web site (

Nomination packets should be submitted by the student or faculty mentor to Ms. Robyn Screws (Harrell Medical Education Building, Suite 445, PO Box 100239). These packets must include the following items:

  • Completed University Scholars Program application form (available at the University Scholars Program home page) including the summary of the proposed research project and the supporting letter from the faculty mentor
  • An official sealed copy of the student’s undergraduate transcripts, including cumulative GPA

The deadline for receipt of completed packets is no later than 5:00 pm on Feb 13, 2017. Nomination packets that are incomplete, or that are received after the deadline, will not be considered.

College of Medicine faculty members who host students will receive $500 in support of the research project.  The funds can be used for the purchase of necessary reagents or supplies.  The funds can also be used to offset travel costs should the student present the work at a scientific/medical conference.

Expectations and requirements during the University Scholars Program:

  • For the 2017-2018 competition, the students must begin their research at the start of the Summer 2017 semester and students are expected to continue their research through the Spring 2018 semester, by taking research-oriented courses for credit. An example of such a course is:
  • Students should register for up to 5 credits per semester. Generally, 3-4 hours per week in the lab = 1 credit hour.
  • Selected students must be able to attend a Scholars orientation that will be held on March 23, 2017.  This will be held in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Sept 1, 2017 – Deadline for 2017-2018 scholars to complete the online project description and scholar profile.
  • The first stipend payment ($750) will be made in early Sept 2017.
  • The second stipend payment ($1000) will be made in the Spring of 2018.

Presentation and Publication of Research Projects:

All 2017-2018 scholars will submit a final research paper for publication in the Journal of Undergraduate Research AND present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Spring of 2018.

Questions: More information may be obtained from Dr. Peter Sayeski (