In-classroom learning may be temporarily suspended, but that doesn’t mean hands-on research opportunities have to be suspended as well.
In true Marianist fashion, the Undergraduate Research and Pre-Professional Program (URPPP) has adapted to the current times and moved its Undergraduate Summer Research Institute online.
As part of the institute, Chaminade undergraduate students will be able to gain invaluable research experience from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The institute will run for 8 weeks and students who are accepted into the institute will receive a $2,000 stipend for their participation.
Each summer, the institute matches students with Chaminade professors to explore a research question of interest to them. The students spend 8-weeks participating in weekly group meetings to learn more about the research process while undertaking their project. At the end of the 8 weeks, students submit a final project thesis and present their outcomes and findings to the group. This year, the institute will take a similar form—the only difference is that it will be virtual instead of in-person.
“Opportunities like this are so important because they help our students strengthen their resume while also allowing them to gain research experience, which can be very insightful for students who are looking to continue their studies in graduate school,” says Dr. Amber Noguchi, director of Chaminade’s Undergraduate Research and Pre-Professional program. “We wanted to make sure these hands-on learning experiences could continue while we’re apart.”
To be eligible, students must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior at Chaminade University; have at least a 2.5 GPA; have completed at least two semesters at Chaminade before the program begins; and have at least one semester of education remaining before the program begins.
Native Hawaiian students are highly encouraged to apply, and priority will be given to students in non-natural science disciplines, including biochemistry, chemistry and data science. To apply, students must complete the institute’s application by the April 27 deadline and include two short written statements, a personal statement and a statement of research interest.
For more information, students are encouraged to contact Dr. Noguchi at [email protected].