Program for Early Researchers (PER)

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Program for Early Researchers

2016-17 Academic Year

During the 2016-17 academic year BSP will be piloting a research program that builds on the success of CNR-BSP. The Program for Early Researchers (PER) is for BSP students with little to no research expereince who are interested in gaining research expereince in a biology lab. Using the CNR-BSP model of matching BSP students with limited or no research experience with labs and mentors based on mutual interest, selected students will have the opportunity to choose up to four projects of interest and will be interviewed by their potential mentors before being placed in a lab.

The main objectives of this program are to:

  • Provide research opportunities for BSP students will little to no research experience

  • Increase the number of students participating in research from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM. However, all qualified undergraduates are encouraged to apply and will be equally considered

  • Provide financial support to students for whom financial support would enhance their ability to participate in research

  • Provide these researchers with support outside of lab via advising/mentoring provided by BSP staff and peers

  • Enhance interaction among biology researchers in BSP

Students selected to participate in PER will also gain experience communicating about their research via workshops and their participation in a year-end research symposium


This program is supported by generous donations to the Biology Scholars Program and the Dean of The College of Natural Resources, J. Keith Gilless


The application is now open!

Before completing the online application AND TO GAIN ACCESS to the application, please read the Application Information Sheet

Plese check out this list of potential questions about the program here

Check out the project descriptions here

Applications due 8 am August 2, 2016


If you have some research expereience, please consider applying to the Biology Fellows Program.



If you have any questions, please contact BSP's research coordinator Sabriya N. Rosemond,