This program pairs first-year, first-generation students with a faculty mentor to work on a research project together. These paid positions are designed so new students receive an inside look at what it really means to be a scientist. There are no prerequisites or previous experience required, just a curiosity about science and research!
Key features of the Program:
• No previous research experience is required.
• The Program is competitive; not everyone who applies is guaranteed a position.
• The Program starts at the beginning of each semester and continues throughout the term.
• Participants are paid $12/hour for the 6-8 hours/week they are expected to spend on a research project.
• Participants coordinate their research schedule with their faculty mentors.
“This program is incredibly empowering. I didn’t think I could become a scientist, but now I know that I can do anything. That message needs to be sent to every first generation student.” -Early Researcher
“I am so thankful for being part of this program. I am glad I got to experience research situated in the academic world. It really showed me what is expected of a scientist and how a scientist has to think. I am glad this opportunity is offered to first-generation students who might not know what it takes to become a scientist.” -Early Researcher
“First-year, first-generation students struggle with feelings of not belonging. Having a “home” on campus with a family, in the other students in lab, helps demystify what being in college is like. They also get a taste for what doing science is like, and even if they cannot contribute much for a while, the lessons of persevering, and learning from mistakes, and working hard and making progress -which they see from all other students in lab as well- are valuable to these students in not thinking they are the only ones that struggle.” -Faculty Mentor
“Not only did I have an amazing job, but I formed real friendships and a great support system.” -Early Researcher