Eligible students are UA undergraduates enrolled in a minimum of seven credit hours who are in good academic standing and who have an interest in biological research. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree, and are working on a second bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply, however, they must be in a degree program (i.e. students who are not degree seeking and are simply taking the prerequisite courses to apply to medical school are not eligible). To be paid for the experience, a student must be an American citizen or permanent resident or, in the case of foreign nationals, hold a visa allowing him/her to work in this country.
Students are added to the program once a year – at the beginning of the summer. Applications for 2017 summer positions will be available on-line on October 1, 2016. They should be submitted on-line by February 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
While no students are barred from applying, students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in science and math courses will be given preference. Only students who have completed a summer in the lab are eligible to apply for the academic year positions. Students are notified of their status (accepted or rejected) prior to spring break. Students accepted into the program are responsible for identifying a faculty sponsor by using the list of participating faculty on the UBRP website. Students then make appointments to interview with one or more faculty members who have interests most closely related to their own. Each faculty member makes the final decision about which students s/he will involve in his or her lab.
Once a match is made between the faculty member and the student, the faculty member provides the UBRP office with the account number from which matching funds will come for the student’s support. The student is required to attend an orientation in May 2017, which covers program policies and procedures, research ethics, and more. A separate mandatory payroll meeting will be held in March 2017 at which payroll paperwork is completed and payroll policies are reviewed.
Students are expected to work full time for a minimum of 12 weeks during the summer. Students SHOULD NOT enroll in summer session classes because University policy restricts students enrolled in even a single credit hour to working only 25 hours per week. Students interested in continuing to work in the lab through the academic year must be eligible for work-study funding and be willing and able to commit to working 15 hours per week.
Continuation in the Program
Students are evaluated at the end of the summer and at the end of each academic year. Satisfactory performance and work-study eligibility is necessary for continuation in the program during the academic year. Students who participate during the fall semester who do not plan to continue in the program during the spring semester (because they will be graduated or for other reasons) are asked to complete an evaluation of the program prior to leaving campus. These evaluations are completed electronically.