Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
The 2014-15 SURE Competition
Request for Applications
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON: December 1, 2014
Last Day to ask questions about this RFA: November 20, 2014
A goal of the Louisiana Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (LAEPSCoR) project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is to increase the participation of women and other underrepresented minorities and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. The Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program seeks to further this goal by fostering opportunities for such students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor.
The SURE program is available to full-time undergraduate students who are matriculated at a Louisiana public institution of higher education, or in a higher education institution that is a member of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (LAICU). Eligibility is further limited to female students or students (male or female) who are considered underrepresented minorities by NSF: i.e., Black or African-American; Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaskan Native; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; or those students with disabilities (e.g., hearing, visual, or mobility impairments). Students who will have completed their bachelor’s degree before the research experience begins are not eligible.
Faculty Mentors must hold a faculty position at a Louisiana public institution of higher education, or in a higher education institution that is a member of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (LAICU), in a STEM discipline supported by NSF.
Students accepted for the SURE program will receive a stipend of $4,000. This amount is based on a level of effort consistent with no less than 320 total hours of work. Faculty mentors receive a supplemental grant of $500 per student for the purchase of research supplies associated with mentoring students, and/or travel by students/mentors to meetings or conferences to present research findings.
Students are expected to complete the research experience over no more than two consecutive terms, which may include summer.