TU-HHMI Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities

Trinity University’s HHMI Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities (SRO) program provides summer research opportunities for at least 11 Trinity University students annually in the areas of biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemistry, computation, mathematics, neurobiology, psychology, and physics. These include a stipend, no-cost housing in Trinity University dormitories, a supply budget, and an allowance for travel to present research results at a professional meeting.

Most of the undergraduate research opportunities are based here on the Trinity University campus with Trinity science and mathematics faculty; however, two of the Summer Research Opportunities (SROs) are earmarked for students to conduct research abroad with HHMI International Research Scholars. Of the 9 on-campus SROs, we try to identify two science education majors for SRO awards, providing future teachers with the hands-on experiences and insights that come from intensive laboratory work. In addition, two of these on-campus SROs are targeted for first-generation college students or students from groups under-represented in science. We will work with Trinity University’s McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program to provide research experiences supported by HHMI with enrichment experiences and career guidance provided by the McNair Program. SROs are available to all full-time Trinity University undergraduates. Because the application process considers preparation, students who have successfully appropriate coursework are the most competitive; nonetheless, TU-HHMI SROs are awarded to first-year students.

In addition to SROs, HHMI sponsors a program called Exceptional Research Opportunities or EXROP. This is a domestic program that provides research opportunities in the laboratories of HHMI Investigators throughout the United States. These are among the world’s most highly regarded and productive scientists. To qualify for the program students must come from a disadvantaged or underrepresented (Latino, African American, Native American, Pacific Islander) background.  Disadvantaged background means either (1) that the student comes from an environment that inhibited (but did not prevent) him/her from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and ability required to enroll in an undergraduate institution, or (2) that the student comes from a low-income family and can be certified by the institution as having "exceptional financial need."



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