Department of Biology
Undergraduate Programs
BIOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FELLOWSHIP FOR SUMMER RESEARCH

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 18, 2016

 

BURST fellowship application

 

To donate to the BURST program

 

The Biology Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology (BURST) fellowship program is designed to give qualified UMD Biology/Cell & Molecular Biology majors the opportunity to take part in an in-depth summer research project. For students interested in pursuing further education once they attain their bachelor’s degree, this is an excellent opportunity to experience what in-depth research outside the classroom is like. The BURST program is intended to be an intensive research experience for students who already have some less intensive experience (e.g. UROP, lab volunteering, etc.).

 

The BURST program will run for ten weeks, starting Monday, June 6 and ending Friday, August 12. Fellows are expected to work full-time (40 hours per week) during that period. Due to the nature of biological research, this may on occasion involve working in the evening or on weekends. Fellows are expected to be willing to make reasonable accommodations in this regard as required for their specific research projects. The BURST program will end with a poster session on Friday, August 12 at which fellows will present their research to other BURST fellows, members of the UMD Biology Department, and donors who have contributed to funding the BURST program. In addition, it is expected that many BURST research projects will lead to peer-reviewed publications in which the BURST fellow will be a co-author. This may involve additional participation beyond the ten-week summer period for data analysis and manuscript preparation. All BURST fellows will be appropriately recognized for their contributions to research that leads to a peer-reviewed publication.

 

BURST fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500 for their ten-week fellowship period. They will receive an additional $500 for research expenses. The faculty mentor is expected to provide one third ($1,667) to match BURST funds, and any additional research expenses will be the responsibility of the faculty mentor.

 

BURST applicants are required to have contacted a potential faculty mentor prior to submitting their application in order to discuss potential research projects. As part of the application the potential faculty mentor is required to provide a letter of recommendation to the BURST Fellowship Committee. This letter must include a statement by the faculty member that he or she is willing to match the $1,667 in BURST funds. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact their potential faculty mentor and request a letter at least 2-3 weeks before the application deadline of March 18. Applicants will be notified by April 1 if they will be offered a BURST fellowship, and will be expected to accept or decline the fellowship within one week.

 

Previous BURST projects:

Matthew Detjen - “Vernal Pool Water Quality Across a Continuum of Earthworm Invasion Status”
Maxwell Helmberger - “Effects of Solidago altissima Drought Stress on Lacebug Corythucha marmorata Oviposition and Nymph Survival”
Jessica Le - “Acquisition of Botany Skills: Herbarium”
Elizabeth Madole - “Seasonal Change of Iron Receptors in the Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel Brain”
Paula Miller - “Factors Influencing Pollination Success of Solidago altissima”
Tianna Perosino - “Genes Affected by Circadian Rhythms in Larval Zebra Fish”
Daniel Thiel - “Assessing the Intensity of Nonnative Earthworm Invasions under the Canopy and in Light Gaps in Four Northeastern Minnesota Forest Communities”
Marshall Wedger - “Genetics of Fruit Abscission in Domesticated Apple Compared to Three Wild Apple Species”

 

BURST fellowship application

 

To donate to the BURST program

 

 

 

 

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