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Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:45:32 +0000
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The University of Maryland has been invited to nominate two students to participate in the summer 2014 EXROP (EXceptional Research OPportunities) Program <> , sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). This program matches students from disadvantaged backgrounds or groups typically underrepresented in science with HHMI Investigators and Professors who provide a stimulating mentored research experience. The goal of this program is to expand the pool of talented students who enter graduate studies with the goal of becoming academic scientists.

EXROP is open to undergraduate students (usually sophomores and juniors, but freshmen will also be considered) from a disadvantaged background, defined as (1) coming 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) coming from a low-income family able to be certified by the institution as having "exceptional financial need" in accordance with guidelines published by the department of Health and Human Services. Students who are members of minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply. The student representing our campus will be selected on their academic achievements, potential to go on to and excel in graduate (i.e., PhD or MD/PhD) work and the impact of a mentored summer research program on their future career goals. Although this program is aimed at students contemplating careers in academia, we also encourage applications from students who are undecided as to future career directions, and for whom a summer research experience might help clarify future goals. EXROP participants are subsequently eligible to apply for Gilliam Graduate Fellowships<> , which provide five years of funding leading to a PhD in the biological sciences.

EXROP students will participate in a 10-week mentored scientific research with an HHMI Investigator at one of 58 locations in the U.S. and will receive a stipend of $4,500. The costs of travel to the site and on-campus housing will be paid by the HHMI. Selected students are expected to live in on-campus housing at their research site and participate in events and activities arranged by the HHMI. They will work full time (40 hours or more, if necessary) and should expect to have flexible work hours, given the nature of laboratory research work.

Students interested in being considered for this opportunity should contact Dr. Kaci Thompson at [log in to unmask]<applewebdata:[log in to unmask]>. To apply, send a brief email by Friday, November 1, 2013 describing:
-- how this experience will benefit your professional development and help you achieve your career goals,
-- how the requirement of coming from a disadvantaged or underrepresented background pertains to you, and
-- any previous relevant experiences (including research experiences).

The successful applicants will be notified by November 6, 2013 and will have their names forwarded to the HHMI. They will have until December 2, 2013 to submit additional application materials.  The HHMI will then select 80 students (from the pool of ~400 nominees) and will notify them by January 2014.