SOLUR

Undergraduate Research Program

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Get involved in research

The School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Research (SOLUR) program promotes opportunities for undergraduates in the School of Life Sciences to participate in exciting biological research.

Working side-by-side with faculty and other mentors, we will teach you about scientific investigation through hands-on experiences. You will directly contribute to current research projects. Your research experience will help prepare you for a career in life sciences.

We provide:

  • A community of mutually supportive undergraduate researchers.
  • A seminar to foster your professional development and communications skills
  • A poster symposium where you will feature your research and share your results
  • Funding for students participating at the SOLUR Fellow and Scholar research levels

We encourage and promote research opportunities specifically for students within the School of Life Sciences. Our student researchers are often involved in interdisciplinary projects that encompass areas such as psychology, biochemistry, kinesiology, bioengineering, medicine and philosophy.

Learning research skills is a gradual process — so we offer four levels of student involvement: Apprentice, Researcher, Scholar and Fellow.

Undergraduate Research at ASU

Apprentice

SOLUR Apprentice is a beginning level for undergraduate research and is for students who have little or no previous experience with a research project in the field or a lab. At this level, you will work for one or two semesters on a project largely developed, planned and guided by a faculty mentor.

Who qualifies?

All current undergraduate SOLS majors.

What will I do?

  • Conduct short-term guided research
  • Learn about scientific inquiry
  • Search for and read scientific literature
  • Work in the lab with a faculty mentor and grad students
  • Participate in seminar classes with peer researchers
  • Learn basic research skills

Requirements

  • Enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking ASU student
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Either volunteer in a research lab or enroll in a research-credit course

The SOLUR program does not place students in research labs.Find a lab or faculty mentor. Or use Handshake to find open research lab positions.

Application and acceptance into the program

  • Submit a completed SOLUR Apprentice Agreement Form
  • Your faculty mentor will be contacted to sign the agreement form.
  • Once received, we will review your information and grant an override to enroll in BIO 194.
  • You will then enroll in the one-credit-hour SOLUR Seminar (BIO 194)

Note

Each mentor may consider several students for a research position. Mentors may ask you to submit additional materials or appear for a personal interview.

 

Researcher

SOLUR Researcher is a high-beginning level for undergraduate research and is for students who have some experience with a research project in the field or a lab. At this level, you will work for one or two semesters on a project largely developed, planned and guided by a faculty mentor.

Who qualifies?

All current undergraduate SOLS majors.

What will I do?

  • Conduct short-term guided research
  • Learn about scientific inquiry
  • Search for and read scientific literature
  • Work in the lab with a faculty mentor and grad students
  • Participate in seminar classes with peer researchers
  • Enhance research skills

Requirements

  • Enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking ASU student
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Either volunteer in a research lab or enroll in a research-credit course

The SOLUR Program does not place students in research labs. Fnd a lab or faculty mentor. Or, use Handshake to find open research lab positions.

Application and acceptance into the program

  • Submit a completed SOLUR Researcher Agreement Form.
  • Your faculty mentor will be contacted to sign the agreement form.
  • Once received, we will review your information and grant an override to enroll in BIO 289.
  • You can then enroll in the one-credit-hour SOLUR Seminar (BIO 289)

Note

Each mentor may consider several students for a research position. Mentors may ask you to submit additional materials or appear for a personal interview.

Scholar

Our mid-level undergraduate students generally have two to three semesters of research experience before preparing and submitting a SOLUR Scholar application. Many students were previously enrolled in BIO 289 SOLUR Seminar: Researcher when they started working in a research lab.

If you have research experience, we encourage you to apply at this level. If accepted, you will receive some financial support. All SOLUR Scholars are required to enroll in BIO 389 SOLUR Seminar: Scholar.

Who qualifies?

All current undergraduate SOLS majors qualify, including those transferring from community colleges who have two to three semesters of entry-level experience (SOLUR program, other lab or fieldwork).

What will I do?

As a paid SOLUR Scholar, you will work with a faculty mentor to:

  • Conduct two semesters of guided research
  • Design a research project with faculty assistance
  • Search for and read scientific literature
  • Engage in research-focused discussions
  • Present your research at our annual symposium
  • Receive funding from the SOLUR Program
  • Participate in seminars and in the spring Poster Symposium

Requirements

  • Enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking ASU student
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Have at least two semesters of research experience
  • Secure a commitment from a faculty mentor

Before you apply

  • Talk with a faculty mentor about your research interest.
  • Secure a commitment from a faculty mentor
  • Need assistance? Contact us.

Application

We accept applications only once each year — in the early spring. Check due dates. Your application must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of interest
  • Resume that includes information on prior research experience
  • Copy of your transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Commitment form
  • Letter of support from a faculty mentor

Acceptance into the program

Funding is limited. We carefully review each application. You will be notified of your acceptance after the application period closes.

Fellow

Our highest-level students generally have at least four semesters of research experience before preparing and submitting a SOLUR Fellow application. Many SOLUR Fellows were previously accepted as SOLUR Scholars.

If you have significant research experience and are ready to design research experiments in your current lab, we encourage you to apply at this level. If accepted, you will receive some financial support. All SOLUR Fellows are required to enroll in BIO 489 SOLUR Seminar: Fellow.

Who qualifies?

Full-time undergraduates, who, after their previous experiences (often as Researchers), now want to engage in the exciting and creative process of developing, testing and communicating their own scientific ideas and questions.

What will I do?

As a paid Fellow, you will:

  • Conduct independent research
  • Design and implement an independent research project with a faculty mentor
  • Read and apply scientific literature to your own research
  • Sculpt an understanding of scientific inquiry
  • Engage in research-focused discussions
  • Interpret and summarize your research findings
  • Present your findings at our spring Poster Symposium
  • Contribute 10 hours per semester to activities that broaden the impact of your research (community presentations, recruitment activities, etc.)
  • Receive funding from the SOLUR program
  • Participate in seminars

Requirements

  • Be an undergraduate pursuing a SOLS major
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Be enrolled full-time at ASU
  • At least one year or more of research experience. Fellows generally have at least four semesters.

Application

We accept applications only once each year — in the early spring. Your application must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of interest
  • Resume highlighting research experience
  • Copy of your transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Commitment form
  • Statement of support from your faculty mentor

Acceptance into the program

Funding is limited. We carefully review each application. You will be notified of your acceptance after the application period closes.

 

Director's welcome

Shelley Haydel

The SOLUR Program engages students in research and provides access to cutting-edge laboratories and award-winning faculty in the life sciences.  

By participating in research, our undergraduate scientists become better thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers. As part of this innovative research program, students will develop their critical thinking and professional skills and join a community of mutually supportive scientists.

More than 88 percent of SOLUR program graduates are working in STEM jobs or enrolled in graduate, medical and professional school programs.

We encourage outside companies and foundations to support our program and also partner with us to provide new opportunities for our budding researchers. Thank you for your support!

Professor Shelley Haydel
SOLUR Director

SOLUR Seminar

The SOLUR Seminar serves as a professional development course for all participants. In a supportive community of undergraduate researchers, you’ll explore research practices, develop skills, and study ethics involved in research practices. You’ll expand your scientific writing and communications skills, and hone your critical thinking.

While participating in this program, you'll sign up for one of the following courses according to what year you are in school and what level of research you are accepted into.

Courses include:

  • BIO 194
  • BIO 289
  • BIO 389
  • BIO 489

Spring 2019 Topics

  • Developing an Elevator Pitch
  • Preparing Research Posters
  • Presentations
  • Oral research presentations

Student Spotlight

  • Rebecca Condruti

    Current year status: SOLUR Researcher
    Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
    Major: Microbiology
    Student Status: SOLUR
  • Likith Surendra

    Current year status: SOLUR Researcher
    Hometown: Chandler, AZ
    Major: Biological Sciences, Business
    Student Status: SOLUR
  • Rohini Nott

    Current year status: SOLUR Researcher
    Hometown: Chandler, AZ
    Major: Biological Sciences (Biology and Society), Business
    Student Status: Undergraduate, SOLUR