ASU students participate in undergraduate research.

SOLUR

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:

  • Project information
  • List of mentors
  • Funds for student support and limited funds for conference travel and laboratory supplies
  • Seminar on research enterprise
  • Opportunities to interact with other SOLUR researchers
  • Poster symposium to communicate research results

We encourage projects that focus on biology, as well as those that connect to life sciences. Our student researchers are often involved in areas such as psychology, biochemistry, kinesiology, bioengineering, medicine and philosophy.

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

 

Contact:

School of Life Sciences Enrichment Program

Arizona State University

PO Box 874701
Tempe, Arizona 85287-4701

SOLSEP@asu.edu
(480) 965-5369

Apprentice: Entry-level undergraduate research

This is a beginning level for students who have 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.

Researcher: Mid-level undergraduate research

Our middle level students work for one academic year (fall and spring semesters), with an option to start the summer before.

If you have been an Apprentice or have previous experience and are keenly interested in research, we encourage you to apply at this level. If accepted, you will receive financial support and be able to request funds for laboratory supplies and travel to relevant science conferences.

Fellow: Top-level undergraduate research

Our highest-level students begin research work at the start of summer and continue for one full year. You will have a great deal of creative input into the design of your work and experiments.

If you have at least one year of research experience and are committed to pursing a life science career — this is a great opportunity. Accepted Fellows will receive financial support and be able to request funds for laboratory supplies and travel to relevant science conferences.

Apprentice: Entry requirements

Apprentices are awarded a one-semester introduction to research. No prior experience is necessary. This is a great way to explore your research interest.

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
  • Request (with mentor approval) funds for lab research supplies
  • Learn basic research skills

Requirements

There are two ways to become an Apprentice. Choose one:

  • Volunteer in a research lab for one semester or more
  • Enroll in a research-credit course (class options)

Then:

  • Search a list of research opportunities
  • Choose a research position that interests you
  • Email or phone the mentor and express your interest

Becoming an apprentice

  • Be enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking ASU student
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Enroll in a research credit course or submit a completed volunteer form
    • Co-signed and turned in to the SOLUR office by start of class
  • Enroll in a one-credit-hour SOLUR research seminar (BIO 289)

Acceptance into the program

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

If selected, you must:

  • Visit the advising office to enroll in a research-credit course recommended by the mentor
  • Consult with the SOLS Enrichment Programs Office (LSC 240/244) to enroll in BIO 289

Researcher: Application and entry requirements

Researchers are awarded two-semester positions (fall and spring, with an option to add the prior summer) that allow you to continue and enhance your research.

Who qualifies?

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

What will I do?

As a Researcher, 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
  • Interpret and summarize your research findings
  • Receive financial support and can request funds for travel and laboratory supplies
  • Participate in seminars and our spring Poster Symposium

Requirements

  • Enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking ASU student
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. You may apply and be re-appointed for a second year as a Researcher.

Before you apply

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

Application process

We accept applications only once each year — in the early spring. Check due dates. Your downloadable 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 by email no later than April 15. You may apply and be re-appointed for a second year as a Researcher. 

Fellow: Application and entry requirements

Fellows are appointed for one academic year, which includes the summer, fall and spring semesters. Research experience at this level will strengthen, enrich and support your development as an independent researcher.

Fellows typically develop, test and communicate their own scientific ideas and questions. You will develop competitive research proposals and are encouraged to explore grant and publication outlets.

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 Fellow, you will:

  • Conduct independent research for 12 months beginning in May
  • 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 financial support and can request funds for travel and laboratory supplies
  • Participate in seminars

Requirements

  • Be an undergraduate pursing a SOLS major
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Enrolled full-time at ASU

Before you apply

  • Must have one year or more of research experience
  • May apply for successive academic year appointments
  • Previously appointed Fellows may request partial- year appointments to accommodate graduation needs

Application

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

  • Application form
  • Project proposal
  • Resume highlighting research experience
  • Statement of career goals
  • Copy of your transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Mentor commitment form
  • Statement of support from faculty mentor

Acceptance into the program

Funding is limited. We carefully review each application. You will be notified of your acceptance by email no later than April 15. 

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