UNC: NCSSM faculty members win undergraduate research award

A proposal written by NCSSM faculty members has been chosen as one of four recipients of Undergraduate Research Awards, granting $100,000 in funding to support projects that span nine UNC institutions. In an announcement on the University of North Carolina System’s website, UNC President Margaret Spellings praised the quality of the projects. “The UNC system has a longstanding reputation as an innovator in teaching and research, and we are excited about these exceptional projects that will further our excellence in both of these areas. The highly collaborative nature of these projects once again demonstrates that the whole of the UNC system is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.”

The four winning proposals, included in the announcement, represent a number of UNC System institions: NC A&T, North Carolina State University, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Pembroke, Winston-Salem State University, and NCSSM, with faculty mentors from North Carolina Central University, NC State, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

NCSSM’s proposal, written by project lead and Coordinator of Online Learning Chris Thomas and Mentorship & Research Coordinator Sarah Shoemaker, would focus on enhancing support for mentorship-based research. 

Enhancing Instructor Support and Reaching More Students in a Mentorship-Based Summer Research Program

Project lead: Chris Thomas, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Institutions: NCSSM, with faculty mentors from North Carolina Central University, NC State, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This proposal requests funding to: 1) Provide increased instructional support to summer research students; 2) Re-organize the novel school-year research curriculum and assessment to enhance and better measure the learning outcomes of summer research intern participants; and 3) Expand the base of students in summer research programs to reach more underserved or unserved students.

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