Application Deadline Friday, March 2, 2018
Your application packet must be complete to be considered for a Fellow position.
Apply here to the SOLUR program — Fellow level
Applications are accepted only once each year — in the spring.
Your application must include:
- Current resume
- Faculty Mentor Commitment Form
- Statement of Career Goals
- Statement of Support
- Two Letters of Recommendation:
- Unofficial Copy of College Transcripts
To apply to the Fellow level of the SOLUR program, provide the following:
(maximum: four typed pages, not including title page, single spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins)
Your proposal must include the following:
- Cover sheet: project title, name and contact information, faculty mentor’s name and affiliation
- Introduction to your planned research with pertinent background literature cited
- Statement of the potential importance or significance of the research you propose
- Statement of the research question and general hypotheses you plan to test
- Description of the specific methods you plan to use
- Description of the possible outcomes, their significance and implications
- Statement of specific plans for disseminating the results of the research (publications, presentations, etc.)
- Projected timeline for the year, June 2017-May 2018, detailing when you expect to conduct and complete each phase of your project
- List of references cited (minimum of 8)
You are encouraged to:
- Write your proposal so it can be understood by a broad audience (reviewers come from diverse fields)
- Solicit feedback on your draft proposal from your faculty mentor
2. Faculty Mentor Commitment Form and Statement of Support
Faculty Mentor Commitment Form
Your faculty mentor must complete the Faculty Mentor Commitment Form, sign it, and attach a statement of support.
The statement of support should include a brief description of the planned research, an in-depth evaluation of you as a candidate for this position. The statement should also include specific commitments they will make to you in the form of supervision time, access to equipment and space, and any other contributions such as partial funding of SOLUR student financial support, travel and supplies.
3. Current Resume and Statement of Career Goals
Your resume should include the following:
- Dates and duration, responsibilities and location of previous research and internships
- Paragraph describing your career goals and how this experience will help prepare you for your planned career
- Educational background
- Extracurricular activities
- Other pertinent information about you
4. Unofficial Copy of College Transcripts
An unofficial copy of your ASU transcripts may be accessed through ASU’s Office of the Registrar Student Records and Grades.
5. Two Letters of Recommendation
Provide two letters of recommendation from individuals other than your faculty mentor who are familiar with your interests, abilities and career goals. Ask the recommenders to address your background and skills as they relate to your potential success in the SOLUR Program.
Letters from a professor or teacher, advisor or supervisor are preferred. The letters should be written on company letterhead. Include a contact telephone number and email address for the people writing the letters.
6. Broader Impact Requirement
Contemporary scientists are expected to broaden the impact of their research through, for example, participation in outreach to the public or training of future scientists. Likewise, SOLUR Fellows are expected to contribute a minimum of 10 hours per semester (fall and spring) to the development and implementation of activities such as:
- Presenting or participating in science-oriented public outreach
- Participating in service events
- Actively promoting the SOLUR program within the university and community college system
If you are accepted as a Fellow, you will receive information by email during the summer to help you develop plans to fulfill this requirement; a written proposal regarding your broader impact activities must be submitted by August 15 the year your position begins. Nothing concerning this requirement needs to be submitted with the application.
SOLUR Fellow awards are made on a competitive basis pending budget availability. The SOLUR Advisory Committee will review your proposal. Reviewers will consider the following:
- Has a significant problem or question and its importance to the field been clearly identified?
- Have alternative hypotheses that might answer the problem or question been identified and described?
- Are the experiments/observations proposed appropriate for testing one or more of these hypotheses?
- Are the experiments/observations feasible given the time and other constraints?
- What are the possible outcomes of the experiments and how will they move the field forward?
- How will the results be disseminated?
- Has the applicant had coursework relevant to the project?
- Does applicant have relevant previous research experience?
- Will the research experience advance the applicant toward their career goals?
- Is the mentor supportive of the student and the proposed project?
- Are the recommendation letters supportive of the student and proposed project?