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Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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"I just wanted to tell you that doing research at Case inspired me to also get involved in research at Smith. These past two semesters, I've been working on a joint project between the Chemistry and Engineering Departments. Now, I have just accepted a fellowship program offer to stay at Smith this summer to continue my research project. I am thinking about doing a thesis next year, and I will definitely be applying to grad schools for Biomedical Engineering after that." -- Analia Vazquez Cegla

2018 ACES+ Summer Undergraduate Research Program dates: May 29, 2018 - August 3, 2018

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2018

The ACES+ summer research program for Science and Engineering (S&E) underrepresented minority undergraduate students is an intensive, hands-on, 10 week session from May 29 – August 3.

This program seeks to attract students to pursue research in science or engineering as a career. It is organized in cooperation with the Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) and the Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR) at Case Western Reserve University. Each student will be assigned to a faculty mentor with related research interests.

The student will participate in ongoing projects in the faculty member's research program. In addition, students will attend lectures by S&E faculty and give one poster presentation at the end of the program. ACES students are welcome to attend one of the pre-med courses, which include biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, and to take part in all social events and outings for the SPUR and NIH-funded summer research students.

The program includes a $3,500 stipend, in addition to support for meals, housing, travel, and supplies.

Applicants must be an underrepresented minority undergraduate student attending a college or university in the United States or Puerto Rico.

Definition of URM (underrepresented minority)

According to the U.S. Department of Education, underrepresented minorities in higher education (generally) include African-Americans/Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, Hawaiian Natives/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans. 

The application process for the 2018 ACES+ Summer Undergradate Research Program will begin shortly. The 2018 Application is available below.  

Required materials:

  • Completed application (deadline is Feb. 1, 2018)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (may be from professors, an academic advisor, a research advisor, or a work supervisor)
  • Official transcript from college or university (electronic and unofficial transcripts are not accepted)

Contact Information:

Heather Burton, Ph. D.
Director NSF IDEAL-N 
heather.burton@case.edu 
216.368.0086 (o)