CCAS STEM Lab Summer Internship Program (Rising Juniors/Seniors)

The 2020 CCAS STEM Lab Summer Internship Program is an opportunity for undergraduate students in lab departments to stay at GW over the summer to work with faculty on the faculty’s research. Students will live in the GW residence halls for an eight to ten week period.

In the summer of 2020, CCAS will pilot this program with up to 8 rising juniors and seniors chosen from STEM fields who offer laboratory research on a competitive application process. Applications are due Friday, February 21st.

See below for full details!

CCAS STEM Lab Summer Internship Program for Undergraduate Students

PILOT PROGRAM

What is the CCAS STEM Summer internship program?

The 2020 CCAS STEM Lab Summer Internship Program is an opportunity for undergraduate students in lab departments to stay at GW over the summer to work with faculty on the faculty’s research. Students will live in the GW residence halls for an eight to ten week period.

In the summer of 2020, CCAS will pilot this program with up to 8 rising juniors and seniors chosen from STEM fields who offer laboratory research on a competitive application process.

The CCAS STEM Lab Summer internship program will provide a number of benefits for students and faculty:

1. Students get hands on research experience working with faculty on scientific research projects. Students learn how research is conducted, receive research mentoring, and learn about the culture of scientific research.
2. This research experience prepares students for careers in STEM lab fields, including preparation for graduate school.
3. Faculty receive undergraduate student support for their research.
4. Departments bring more undergraduate students into their research enterprise.

How is the Program funded?
CCAS will support for students (rising juniors and seniors) to live in residence halls as well as provide a $1500 stipend for living expenses. Faculty will receive an $500 stipend.

According to the Tax Office 3-8313, the student should receive a 1098T and report this information on their taxes. It can, therefore, have an impact on student financial aid. Please let us know if this impact creates difficulty for a student’s participation.

GW housing will be available for twelve weeks although students are committed to work with their faculty sponsor for eight to ten weeks. We are in the process of arranging this housing and hope to have more details in February.

How will the CCAS summer program be organized?

Student and faculty pairs will apply for the program together. The application process will require a 2-3 page joint application.

1. Statement by the faculty of the research project with the student’s specific contribution to the research project.
2. Statement by the student of their interest in the faculty’s research project, and how participation in the project will contribute to their academic and/or professional goals
3. Short statement by department chair of how the faculty’s research project advances the research objectives of the department and how undergraduate student research contributes to the department’s curricular mission.

Program Requirements

1. Students are expected to work in the lab for forty hours per week.
2. After four weeks, faculty and students will submit a progress report that will summarize the student’s contributions to the faculty’s research.
3. Faculty and students must sign a contract where they both commit to the
program.
4. If student does not adequately participate in summer research, housing support and funding will be withdrawn after the fourth week.

Applications are due to Rachel Riedner, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, (rach@gwu.edu) by Friday, February 21st 2020. Student and faculty applicants will receive notification by early March.

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