SUMMER MENTORING AND RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM (SMaRT)

Deadline for summer 2018 is March 1, 2018 

 The SMaRT Program supports faculty time and effort for enhancing undergraduate involvement in research endeavors.  The SMaRT program provides students that are completing their first or second undergraduate year the opportunity to spend a summer conducting research with a faculty mentor.  One of the goals of OK-INBRE is to enrich the academic experiences of undergraduate researchers by providing quality research mentoring experiences.  Effective mentoring is critical to the retention of students in STEM fields and has been linked to greater productivity, research independence, and career satisfaction. 

The SMaRT project must be biomedically related and fall within the themes of the OK-INBRE program, which are microbiology and immunology, cancer and developmental biology.  The mentored student must have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and 70 credit hours or less.

Funds in the amount of $2,500 for the faculty mentor for 0.5 months of effort (approximately 2 hours per day) for an eight week project period will be provided.  Faculty salary can include fringe benefits (salary + fringe cannot exceed $2,500).  The application must include a budget with a breakdown of salary and fringe (F&A is not allowed).

$500 will be provided to cover research supplies. Faculty salary funds that are waived cannot be used to supplement supply funds.

One student may be supported for each faculty mentor.  The student may work up to 40 hours per week.

Hourly salary can be provided for the student researcher but cannot exceed the NIH maximum of $1,948 per month ($12.17 per hour).  Fringe is allowed. The application must include a budget with a breakdown of salary and fringe (F&A is not allowed).

The application must also include: 1) a biosketch in the current NIH format with working bibliography links, 2) a one-page description of the project, 3) a student career development and enrichment plan, and 4) transcript of the student researcher.  

The summer start and end dates for the program are at the discretion of the institution.