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BURST Program

Students Conducting Lab Research
This program got its start in 2014 thanks to generous private supporters.

Biology Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology

 


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Participants are paid a $4,300 stipend for their ten-week fellowship and $700 to cover research expenses.

Applications are due at the beginning of February 21, 2020.  BURST applicants are required to have contacted a potential faculty mentor prior to submitting their application in order to discuss potential research projects. As part of the application the potential faculty mentor is required to provide a letter of recommendation to the BURST Fellowship Committee. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact their potential faculty mentor and request a letter at least 2-3 weeks before the application deadline of February 21, 2020. Applicants will be notified in late March if they will be offered a BURST fellowship, and will be expected to accept or decline the fellowship within one week.  

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
To receive a BURST fellowship, you must:

1) Be a registered Biology major at UMD;
2) Have a 3.0 in biology courses;
3) Plan on registering full-time for the Fall semester of 2020 academic year; and
4) Be willing to commit at least 40 hours per week for ten weeks in summer 2020 to your BURST research project

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
THE BURST Fellowship Committee will select recipients on the following basis:
1) This application form;
2) A copy of your unofficial transcript (emailed directly to biology@d.umn.edu);
3) A letter of recommendation from your potential faculty mentor (emailed directly to biology@d.umn.edu);
4) A 200-word essay that focuses on your past research experience and your future plans in biology (entered below);
5) A 500-word essay on your proposed research project (entered below).
6) A project budget (entered below).

Fellowships will be awarded based on the quality of the student essay, faculty recommendation letter and student's Biology GPA.