The Office for Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce support for undergraduate    research, scientific communication, peer mentoring and preparation for graduate school in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (a “STEM” discipline) through the Science and Math Achievement and Resourcefulness Track (SMART).

The program is geared towards students from underrepresented populations, with a priority given to transfer students (students who transferred to UNC-CH).

Selected students will pursue 9 weeks of research in STEM research groups (30 hours of research/ week), starting mid-May. In addition to the research projects, the SMART students will work with Dr. Gidi Shemer, the director of the program during the summer. We will meet twice a week and work on research-related skills, such as to learn how to analyze and discuss scientific papers, work on science writing skills and learn how to present research. In addition, the students will enjoy a few workshops, sponsored by the Graduate school. The end of the summer program will be celebrated in a final poster symposium, together with other Carolina summer programs. The students get a $3000 stipend for the summer.

Maria Fonseca presents her SMART research during the 2019 poster symposium

This program is conducted in partnership with North Carolina A & T University, the lead campus in the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, (NC-LSAMP) Phase V. Other participating campuses include Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The overall goals of the NC-LSAMP are to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who earn degrees in STEM disciplines, pursue graduate study, and become faculty and/or researchers in their chosen field.