Carolina Cluster Career Pathways Program

Undergraduate Research and Creative Project

Summer 2020

Deadline: Applications are due April 6, 2020  [See Below for Application]

Purpose of the Program:
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Award enhances opportunities for undergraduate students in the
Carolina Cluster, i.e., Benedict College, Claflin University, and Voorhees College, to participate in research and creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Research projects must focus on developing and testing a hypothesis or theory using methods relevant to an academic discipline. Creative projects must develop or test new materials, methods or techniques, i.e., artistic, literacy, educational, or physical, by methods other than those traditionally considered “research.” All disciplines are encouraged to participate.

Eligibility Requirements:
Undergraduate students at one of the Carolina Cluster sites, (i.e., Benedict College, Claflin University and Voorhees
College) are able to participate in this State Office sponsored Carolina Cluster Career Pathways Program.

  –  Summer stipend is $2400 for students conducting 6 weeks of research.
  –  Faculty mentors will receive $500 at the end of the program.
  –  Note: Only one application will be accepted per faculty mentor

Stipends will be paid to students in 2-3 installments during the summer project period.

Students are required to provide the Carolina Cluster with an abstract of their work, and a five to ten minutes video presentation of their work, at the end of their summer project period.

Students are also required to present their work as required by their faculty mentor. If a Carolina Cluster Research Symposium is held, student awardees and/or their faculty mentors will present their work at that Symposium.

Students will also be required to provide the Carolina Cluster with a bi-weekly paragraph reporting on their progress.

To Apply:

1) Write a 1-2 page description of the project’s scope of work detailing the scope of work to be performed during the summer as part of the undergraduate research project. Include the project’s objective, methodology, findings, conclusions, or intended results. The scope of work document will be uploaded with the application.

2) Obtain a letter of support from the Faculty Research Advisor regarding the research project.  The letter of support will be uploaded with the application.

3) Complete the online application and upload to it the scope of work and the letter of support by April 6, 2020.