Program Information

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Available Fellowships

  • The program offers year-long, semester-long, and summer competitive fellowships.
  • Fellowships can be conducted on campus or off campus in locations such as national or specialized laboratories.
  • Year-long fellowships begin in the summer and extend through the spring semester.
  • One-semester fellowships can be conducted in any semester.
  • Length of fellowship offered varies by college/school.
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Who May Apply

  • Students must be currently enrolled at Auburn University and have time to complete their fellowship term before graduation. 
  • Students may not hold an undergraduate research fellowship from more than one Auburn University program concurrently.
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How To Apply

  • A student and faculty mentor should apply as a pair. 
  • Student and mentors must submit a completed application form outlining their research interests and long term goals. They are asked to describe their research question and research plan. 
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Reporting Requirements

  • Expectations of the fellowship will be outlined by the college or school offering the fellowship. Fellows will be asked to provide reports of their research progress. 
  • Fellows are required to give a presentation, typically during the spring semester. Fellows will also be encouraged to submit an article to theĀ Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship (AUJUS).
  • At the end of the fellowship, students will submit an abstract, resume, fellowship summary, and an evaluation.
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  • Fellows will be invited to participate in informal gatherings throughout the fellowship year to discuss their research activities and other topics of mutual interest. Both fellows and mentors may be asked to participate in presentations that describe their current research activities.
  • In addition to presenting, fellows are also encouraged to present papers at regional or national meetings.
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Mentor Guidelines

  • Faculty who are interested in being a mentor to an undergraduate student should be committed to teaching the student, on a one-to-one basis, how to perform research.
  • Potential faculty mentors will provide a statement describing the proposed research activity and a proposed budget for the student's research. More details are available on the application.
  • Faculty mentors are expected to spend a minimum of one hour per week with the fellow during an academic semester and/or at least two hours per week during the summer.
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A Steering Committee shall advise the Associate Provost and Vice President for Research on the programmatic activities and policies of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. 

The Steering Committee will be composed of:

  • Vice President for Research
  • Director of the Honors College
  • Director of Undergraduate Research
  • 1 Dean
  • 1 Associate Dean for Research
  • 4 Faculty members (each representing a different college or school so that four different colleges/schools are represented)
  • 1 Undergraduate research fellow

Additional members may be added at the discretion of the Vice President for Research.

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Funding Schedule

One Year Fellowships
Fellowship stipend and project funds: Amount up to $6,000.
Time Expectation:

During Summer: 40 hours/week for up to 10 weeks

During Fall and Spring: 8 - 10 hours/week

Semester Fellowships
Fellowship stipend and project funds: Amount up to $2,000.
Time Expectation:

During Fall and Spring: 8 - 10 hours/week

Summer Fellowships
Fellowship stipend and project funds: Amount up to $4,000.
Time Expectation:

40 hours/week for up to 10 weeks

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Program Support

The Provost’s Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research provide partial support for this program. The program is administered by the Director of Undergraduate Research.

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For questions about the program, contact

Lorraine W. Wolf, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Research
Auburn University
201 Cater Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Ph: 334-844-5772

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Last Updated: Feb. 17, 2014

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