Summer Research Opportunities
The student application for the 2022 PUMA-STEM summer research program is now available!
To complete the application, please use this list of faculty mentor research descriptions to select your top four preferred research mentors. Alternatively, you may apply to do research with a faculty research mentor from an alliance institution who is not on this list, by obtaining your proposed mentor’s permission and providing their contact information (email and phone number).
To be eligible for the summer research experiences, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently enrolled for classes at a PUMA-STEM LSAMP Institution, and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline. Preferential consideration will be given to undergraduate students who identify as a member of a historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority group as defined by the National Science Foundation LSAMP Program (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders). All students are welcome to apply.
The eight-week summer program will involve weekly meetings of research students and faculty from all institutions and will rotate among the institutions to build a community of research scholars. Participating students will experience high-quality scientific research, build identity as scientists, learn about STEM graduate programs, and gain STEM career development and professional skills.
Application and Time Frame
Students must apply to participate in the summer research program. Please review the eligibility requirements below. Contact Project Director Eve Mellgren to ask any questions you might have about the application. Priority consideration of applications will begin on February 25, 2022.
- Students will work on interesting, unique problems from a variety of STEM disciplines, and build oral and written communication skills.
- Accepted students will receive $3,500 stipends.
- Students will be eligible to apply for travel money to attend both regional and national conferences.
- PUMA-STEM summer researchers are eligible for additional LSAMP program opportunities.
- Students will become connected to a diverse and inclusive community of STEM researchers.
Program Eligibility and Requirements
- Accepted students must:
- Be enrolled as a STEM major at one of the PUMA-STEM alliance institutions with at least one semester of coursework remaining before graduation.
- Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
- Students enrolled at any alliance institution will be eligible to apply for a summer research position at alliance institutions where summer research will be taking place (Benedictine University, Concordia University Chicago, College of DuPage, Dominican University, Elmhurst University, Lewis University, North Central College, and Saint Xavier University).
- PUMA-STEM summer research students are required to:
- Attend the summer research orientation, as well as all alliance-wide meetings.
- Meet regularly with their research advisor.
- Present their research with a poster or talk at regional conferences, such as the ACCA Student Scholarship Symposium or the Annual Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence Conference. They will also be encouraged to present at national conferences if appropriate.