This is a program specifically for students at Missouri LSAMP schools (University of Missouri – Columbia, Harris-Stowe State University, Lincoln University, Missouri State University, St. Louis Community College, Truman State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Missouri – St. Louis, and Washington University in St. Louis). Undergraduates from Alliance Schools selected for this program will live on campus in Columbia and conduct research for 9 weeks. This is a full-time program and students may NOT enroll in other coursework or hold part-time jobs. Students are expected to be in Columbia for the whole 9 weeks (no vacations); although, no activities are planned on weekends and students may go home if they wish. Most students find that staying in Columbia on weekends is beneficial to their overall experience. Students will participate in all aspects of the larger summer program at Mizzou including orientation, educational programming, social events, and the Forum (poster session) at the end of the summer on July 30, 2020. The MU Office of Undergraduate Research will process applications and make selections and research placements in collaboration with MU science faculty. We are seeking students with career interests that include scientific research.
Applicants are expected to have completed at least three semesters of full-time college enrollment prior to June 2021 and be currently enrolled at a MoLSAMP college or university. Students graduating prior to December 2021 are not eligible. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Applicants must also have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The priority deadline for applying to this program is Monday, March 1st, 2021. Students must complete the application form and provide an unofficial transcript (including Fall 2020 grades); at least one letter of recommendation (two preferred); a resume; and a personal statement indicating career plans, prior research experience; a statement of research interests; and a letter of endorsement from your MoLSAMP site director. If completed online, most documents will be submitted with the online application. For application packets sent via e-mail, the application form and other documents may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Research via e-mail. Questions can be directed to the MU Office of Undergraduate Research via e-mail or phone, 573-882-5979.
Applications received after February 15th will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
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MU has more than 25 STEM departments. We encourage students to browse the MU website (missouri.edu) to become familiar with the departments, programs, and individual faculty research interests. Please be as specific as possible in your statement of research interests on your application. It will be most helpful to know what subspecialties and types of questions you are interested in, rather than generalities. For example, “biology” is too general, “Cellular Biology” is better and “How do cell membranes control permeability?” is even more helpful.
Please visit the departmental websites for comprehensive lists of faculty members & their research before completing your application.