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Ronald E. McNair Program– Xavier’s Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed specifically to help students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. McNair scholars participate in semi-monthly seminars featuring guest speakers and topics of importance for prospective Ph.D. students. Select McNair students travel during the year and conduct research internships in the summer.

Number of Students and Funding Amount – 30 students per year (all majors). 15 students are eligible to receive ($2800) research stipend during a 6 to 8 week research project. Each student is eligible for GRE workshops, GRE waivers, and free application waivers and fellowships for graduate school. In addition, students are also eligible to participate in a summer program and can receive travel expenses for campus visitations and research conference participation.

Student Requirements –

  • A sincere interest in pursuing a graduate study through the PhD or MD/PhD level
  • Sophomore or above status
  • At least a 3.0 GPA
  • First generation/Low Income or Underrepresented population
  • Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member

 Start/End Dates – October 01, 2012 – September 30, 2017

Website - http://www.xula.edu/gradstar/

Contact Person -        Damon Williams, Jr.
                                    504-520-7633
                                    dlwilli5@xula.edu

NIH MARCThe Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program provides biomedical research opportunities for honor students.

Number of Students and Funding Amount – 10 students per year (Biomedical students - not pre-med or pre-pharm). The NIH MARC program will compensate 60% of tuition and fees. Each student will receive approximately $11,628 per year ($969.00 per month x 12 months), as well as $410 per year toward health insurance fees.  The Program also supports student travel to national scientific meetings ($1,200 per student per year). In addition, students are also eligible to participate in a summer program and can receive $3,500 travel/ living expenses stipend for their participation.

Student Requirements –

  • A sincere interest in pursuing an advanced degree in biomedical science
  • Sophomore or above status
  • At least a 3.0 GPA
  • Major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry, mathematics, computer science, physics, or psychology

Faculty Incentive – Faculty will receive $1,500.00 per year for supplies to support undergraduate research projects.

Start/End Dates – June 01, 2013 – May 31, 2018 

Website - http://www.xula.edu/chemistry/more.php

Contact Person -        Teresa Birdwhistell
504-520-7370
tbirdwhi@xula.edu

NIH RISE– The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program builds on Xavier’s long history of providing opportunities for underrepresented minority students majoring in the sciences to develop the interest and skills necessary to matriculate in and successfully complete graduate programs in the biomedical sciences. 

Number of Students and Funding Amount - 6 students per year (Biomedical students - not pre-med or pre-pharm). Students will receive $11.00 per hour and will work 10 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week for 8 weeks for one summer at Xavier. Students are also required to participate in a full-time research program at a research-intensive institution during the summer after their junior year. Each fall, 6 new students will be chosen for the Program. The Program also supports student travel to national scientific meetings ($1,200 per year).

Student Requirements –

  • A sincere interest in pursuing graduate studies leading to an advanced degree in biomedical research
  • 2.75 GPA or above
  • Majoring in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry, mathematics, computer science, and physics  

Faculty Incentive – Funds are provided to mentors for laboratory supplies ($1,500 per year) for each student.

Start/End Dates – August 15, 2012 – July 31, 2017

Website - http://www.xula.edu/chemistry/more.php

Contact Person -        Maryam Foroozesh
504-520-5078
mforooze@xula.edu

NSF HBCU-UP - The Xavier Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) is an institutional project geared toward increasing the number and quality of underrepresented minority students entering and successfully completing graduate school, as well as increasing the number of highly qualified undergraduate students majoring in science/math education matriculating towards initial teacher certification and the Masters Degree (M.A.T.).

Number of Students and Funding Amount - The program provides stipends for undergraduate students to conduct research (10 hours per week). Freshmen will receive $2,000, Sophomores $3,000, Juniors $4,000, and Seniors $5,000. 

YR 1 - 10 Freshman and 5 Sophomores
YR 2 - 10 Freshmen, 10 Sophomores, 5 Juniors
YR 3 - 10 Freshmen, 10 Sophomores, 10 Juniors, 5 Seniors
YR 4 - 10 Freshmen, 10 Sophomores, 10 Juniors, 10 Seniors
YR 5 - 10 Freshmen, 10 Sophomores, 10 Juniors, 10 Seniors

Student Requirements –

  • Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, STEM education, pre-med biology, or pre-med chemistry are eligible for HBCU-UP
  • STEM students must have a minimum 2.3 GPA
  • HBCU-UP students must participate in workshops, seminars, study groups and eventually work as a tutor, lab assistant, or research assistant
  • Students participating in MARC and RISE are not eligible for HBCU-UP
  • Pre-med Biology and Pre-med Chemistry are not eligible to participate in HBCU-UP
  • This program requires students to pursue graduate careers

Faculty Incentive - Four STEM faculty members will receive 1/8 release time during the academic year ($5,625 each) to work with STEM undergraduate students on research projects.

Start/End Dates – September 15, 2010 – August 31, 2015

Website - http://www.xula.edu/hbcuup/

Contact Person –       Anderson Sunda Meya
504-520-5107
asundame@xula.edu

NSF LA-SiGMA – The Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications (LA-SiGMA) is a statewide partnership that serves to develop common computational tools for the study of multi-scale phenomena in three Science Driver areas of current strength in the State, and of substantial technological and economic importance: (1) correlated electronic materials, (2) energy materials, and (3) bio molecular materials.

Number of Students and Funding Amount – The program provides funding for 5 undergraduate students per year to participate in computational materials research projects.  Each student will receive approximately $6,800 per year.  All 5 students are also eligible to participate in a summer REU program and can receive $4,500 in stipends for their participation.

Student Requirements – None stated

Faculty Incentive – Salary support is provided for the following faculty: Vladimir Kolesnichenko, Galina Goloverda, Lamar Meda, and Kevin Riley.  Funding for research supplies is also provided in the amount of $6,674 annually.

Start/End Dates – September 01, 2010 - September 30, 2015

Website - http://www.institute.loni.org/lasigma/

Contact Person -        Rachel Cruthirds
504-520-5600
rcruthir@xula.edu

NSF LS-LAMP Xavier is a member of the Louis Stokes – Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP),  a statewide, coordinated program aimed at increasing the number of minority students completing baccalaureate degrees in STEM and subsequently going on to graduate school. 

Number of Students and Funding Amount - The program funds a total of 8 undergraduate students to conduct mentored undergraduate research projects.  Student stipends are provided in the amount of $3,000 per student.  Students are required to work 10 hours per week with their faculty research mentor, present their research findings at the Xavier’s Festival of Scholars, submit a summary of their research each at the end of each semester, and participate in all LS-LAMP, GradStar, or CUR sanctioned campus activities and/or meetings.

Student Requirements

  • Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Microbiology, and Physics
  • Willing to go to graduate school
  • Those that have a 2.75 GPA or above
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Faculty Incentive - Each faculty mentor will be allotted $1,200 to purchase laboratory supplies to support the work of their LAMP student

Start/End Dates – September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2015

Website -        http://www.xula.edu/programs/lslamp.php

Contact Person -        Kristy Brumfield
504-520-5016
kmbrumfi@xula.edu

NSF PREM – The Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) project is a research and educational partnership between NYU and Xavier that builds on existing linkages between the two universities, while significantly strengthening the materials research and education program at Xavier.

Number of Students and Funding Amount - Five PREM students receive a minimum of $5,000 scholarship per year plus $4,000 in stipend for doing research during the summer for 10 weeks. In addition, students are provided an additional stipend up to $1,000 which can be used for supplies such as books, etc.

Student Requirements –

  • Interest in pursuing graduate studies leading to an advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in chemistry, physics, or engineering with focus in materials research.
  • Freshman or above status
  • At least a 2.7 GPA in math and sciences for current Xavier students
  • Major in chemistry ( A.C.S. certified), physics (BS), or dual degree engineering
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident

Faculty Incentive – 18.75% release time is provided for three faculty members per academic year. Summer research support is also provided for two months for two faculty members (including PI).

Start/End Dates – September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2014

Website - http://www.xula.edu/prem/index.php

Contact Person -        Lamar Meda
504-520-5324
lmeda@xula.edu

NSF URMThe Tulane/Xavier Undergraduate Research Mentoring (URM) project, “Enhancing Diversity in Environmental Biology (EDEB),” serves to recruit and mentor underrepresented minority undergraduate students from Xavier and Tulane Universities and prepare them to gain admission, to successfully matriculate, and to complete graduate programs in environmental biology.  

Number of Students and Funding Amount – The program will support a total of 32 Xavier and Tulane students (including approximately 4-6 Xavier students each year).  Students will receive a $12,000 stipend as well as $2,000 in travel funding to attend a national research conference in their second year in the program and $890 in GRE training expenses. 

Student Requirements –

  • Freshman and 1st semester sophomore level students majoring in the STEM disciplines
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Premed students are ineligible

Faculty Incentive – Faculty Mentors will receive $1,400 per year to cover the cost of travel to a national research conference. Mentors will also receive $500 per semester/per student for supplies.

Start/End Dates – 1/1/2009 – 12/31/2013

Website – N/A

Contact Person -        Syed Muniruzzaman
504-520-6791
smuniruz@xula.edu

Title III/Mellon CUR- The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) is designed to facilitate student exposure to academic research through mentoring relationships with Xavier faculty. Students collaborate on research projects, participate in a Festival of Scholars, and publish results through an online student journal, XULAneXUS.

Number of Students and Funding Amount – CUR grants are highly variable and do not require standardized format. Each grant must pay at least one student. Incentives are based according to proposed amount in each grant.

Student Requirements – *Variable*

Faculty Incentive – *Variable*

Start/End Dates – Start dates are Spring, Summer, and often Fall

Website - http://www.xula.edu/cur/

Contact Person -        Gary Donaldson
504-520-7408
gdonalds@xula.edu

UNCF Stem Scholars - The STEM Scholars Program supports a group of incoming freshmen who have stated an interest in STEM research careers. In addition to research and research-related activities, the students are placed in common classes and are followed for four years to ascertain how early exposure to the culture of research has an impact on STEM persistence and their ultimate career choice.

Number of Students and Funding Amount – Twelve incoming freshman with an interest in STEM research careers will be selected for this program.  Each student receives a $3,000 scholarship in the first year and approximately $4,000 (hourly) for the first summer. The students receive approximately $3,000 (hourly) during the sophomore, junior, and senior years. Students are expected to participate in off-campus research experiences for the second and third summers.

Student Requirements –

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Major in STEM discipline
  • Participation in all program activities including research starting in Summer 2014 through graduation

Faculty Incentive – Faculty receive $1,000 per year for supplies for the STEM scholar.

Start/End Dates – April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2017

Website – Under development

Contact Person -        Kathleen Morgan
504-520-5252
kmmorgan@xula.edu

 
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