The Enhancing New Student Success through Undergraduate Research Experiences (ENSURE) program is an opportunity for students with diverse backgrounds to gain experience in a research laboratory, work with current Austin College undergraduate students, receive mentorship from faculty, and learn about Austin College. Incoming first year students, who are underrepresented minority, first generation college students, and/or exhibit financial need, would be eligible to participate in the ENSURE program for 4 weeks during the summer, 2017. At this time, the ENSURE program would potentially offer biology and chemistry research opportunities.
ENSURE 2017 will be held the weeks of June 5-30. Dates may possibly be negotiable this first year with advance request through the CREATE office.
These incoming first year students must be accepted to Austin College and have paid their deposit prior to starting the program. This program would occur during the middle 4 weeks of the Summer Undergraduate Research program (June 2017). The incoming students would join existing summer research teams already in session as part of an 8-10-week program. The new students will work closely with a student mentor as well as a faculty mentor performing research towards a larger goal, but the students will be performing the research, not simply watching. Usually as a team, the work is later disseminated publicly on campus, so students will have opportunities to present the results of their research projects at the Fall at the Women’s Health Forum and in the Spring at the Austin College Student Scholarship Conference.
The benefits to the students will be, an upper-class mentor, faculty advisor, events to integrate them into campus life and connections to on-campus services, and a cohort of fellow students working through their first undergraduate research experience. Students would receive college apartment housing for the time of the program and also be paid $1500 for 40 hours of lab work per week for four weeks. We expect these students will gain self-confidence and independence in their education so they are prepared to succeed at Austin College. Students should also gain career awareness, mechanisms for identifying internships and fellowships during college, and post-graduation employment options.
If you have questions about the program, please contact the CREATE office.