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Undergraduate Research Fellowships|Wyoming EPSCoR

General Information

The Wyoming NSF EPSCoR and Wyoming NIH INBRE Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program provides salary support for outstanding undergraduate students in Sciences and Engineering. EPSCoR provides support for students working in Biological Sciences, Geosciences, Hydrology, Computational Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics. INBRE supports students working in areas related to the Biomedical Sciences.

The students are eligible to receive up to $800 during the fall and spring semesters and $4,500 in the summer. This funding is for student salary ONLY; funds to support research material or travel must come from another source such as the faculty mentor.  The faculty mentor should address financial and material support for the project in his/her letter of commitment.

The Fellowships are awarded on the basis of the scholarship of the student, the proposed research activity and the mentoring by the faculty member. Literature reviews and survey research are not ordinarily considered for these awards.

For questions or comments, please contact Lisa Abeyta.

Spring and/or Summer 2016 Fellowship - Application deadline is February 5th, 2016 by 5:00 pm MST.

Who Should Apply?

EPSCoR Fellowships support undergraduates in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, certain areas of health sciences (disciplines supported by the NSF rather than the NIH) and students in science and mathematics education who will complete their Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wyoming. INBRE Fellowships support students working in the biomedical sciences. First generation college students, minorities, and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Details

**It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that ALL application materials, including faculty letters of recommendation/commitment, are received by the EPSCoR office before the 5:00 pm deadline on February 5. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered or reviewed for a fellowship.  Exceptions will only be granted with advance permission from the EPSCoR office.**

**Students can select the semester(s) they are applying for: Spring 2016, Summer 2016, or both semesters. The Spring semester has funding for up to $800 and the Summer semester has funding for up to $4,500.

Applications for Summer 2016 and/or Fall 2016 will be available in April 2016.

Please contact Lisa Abeyta if you have any questions about the application process.

Information for EPSCoR fellows who are reapplying

The application process is the same each time you apply. Letters of recommendation can be used for two consecutive semesters. For example, if you were accepted for the fall fellowship, we will use your letters of recommendation for the spring. After that, when you re-apply, you will need to send current letters sent directly to Lisa Abeyta. Additionally, fellows who are reapplying need to include a brief discussion of the EPSCoR or INBRE supported research they have done under past fellowships. If the new proposal is a continuation of pervious research funded by EPSCoR/INBRE, it must fully address progress made, set back encountered (if any), and posed strategies to improve research results.  If the new proposal is a continuation of previous research funded by EPSCoR/INBRE, it must fully address progress made, setbacks encountered (if any), and proposed strategies to improve research results.The letter of commitment from the mentor must be updated each semester.

Selection Process

Applications undergo careful review by a panel of UW faculty members based on the following:

  • evaluation of scholarship,
  • evaluation of research activity, and
  • evaluation of faculty support.

For further information or if you have any questions please contact Lisa Abeyta.

Requirements of Participation

In addition to performing the research for the project, all Fellows are required to

  • Conduct the proposed independent study project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
  • Write a research paper describing the project and results.
  • Present their research at Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day on April 2016. Information will be given to Fellows during Spring 2016.
  • Provide program feedback.
  • Summer 2016 Fellows are required to attend the Research Symposium. Information will be sent out summer 2016.

Student researcher

Wyoming EPSCoR Undergraduate Fellowships are funded by Wyoming NFS EPSCoR through the National Science Foundation grant (EPS-1208909).  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Wyoming INBRE Undergraduate Fellowships are funded by Wyoming NIH INBRE supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (P20GM103432) from the National Institutes of Health.

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