Why NCUIRE? - The Student Perspective
As a student, you likely have many questions about this program. Below, you'll find some frequently asked questions. If none of the items below answer your questions, feel free to forward your question(s) to: NCUIRE@asu.edu
As an undergraduate student, why would I want to work with a faculty member to obtain research experience?
NCUIRE inspires other sorts of benefits as well. NCUIRE improves student graduation and many participants eventually attend graduate school (for further details click on this link). Much of the research done in NCUIRE settings is cutting edge and rigorous enough to get into publications like Current Zoology, Frontiers in Microbiology, Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, Journal of Geometry, and Women’s Reproductive Health (to name only a few).
What have prior NCUIRE student participants thought of their experiences in the program?
"Personally, this project has been one of the most fulfilling experiences during my entire undergraduate career. I have gained invaluable experience about the nature of being a scientist conducting research. As I intend to apply to graduate school, this opportunity has given me real world experience. . .The relationship I have forged with my mentor is another gratifying element of this experience. To work so closely with a professor of his caliber has been priceless. The knowledge I have gained from this I will take with me my entire career."
This sounds great, but I don't think I have time to get involved in research. My courses and job are already consuming more time than I have.
I'm a new student. I don't know many faculty. How do I find one that is interested in the same topics as me and might be interested in working with me to submit an application to the NCUIRE program?
If your interests are outside of those covered by your current courses, take a look at what other New College faculty are doing and approach them to be a collaborator on your NCUIRE application. Interested in Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies (History, for example)? Interested in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, for example)? How about Mathematical and Natural Sciences (Biology or Computing, for example)? Click on any of the links above to visit webpages that describe what type of research and creative endeavors New College faculty in these areas pursue.
Why are there four (4) different types of NCUIRE Awards? For which one should I apply?
NCUIRE Research Assistantships allow students to participate in research early in their college careers. In particular, these awards are intended for students with little to no prior research experience. The duration of the awards is a single semester or summer session. Research Assistants generally work closely with other student researchers to begin to learn the craft of inquiry. Research Assistants are not expected to commit as much time to the NCUIRE project as NCUIRE Scholars and Fellows (see Appendix A). It is anticipated that most students applying for NCUIRE Research Assistantships will be freshmen or sophomores. The application process is brief and consists of: 1) a summary of the student role in the project articulated and submitted by the faculty mentor and 2) a brief (100 words or less) statement provided to the proposed faculty mentor by the student describing why s/he wishes to participate in NCUIRE and the creative/research project.
NCUIRE Team awards allow teams of two or more (typically not more than six) students to collaborate with one another under the guidance of a single faculty mentor on a single creative/research project. As is the case with NCUIRE Research Assistantships, the duration of an NCUIRE Team award is a single semester or summer session. NCUIRE Team awardees are expected to commit to the project an amount of time comparable to that of NCUIRE Research Assistants (see Appendix A). As with NCUIRE Research Assistantships, no prior experience with research or creative endeavor is required; however, NCUIRE Team awards provide opportunities for students with varying levels of experience to partner and collaborate in synergistic ways. For example, team members with some experience in research and creative endeavor can support and mentor other team members with less experience. For NCUIRE Team awards with four (4) or more student team members, a $500 supplies budget is included. The application consists of: 1) a brief summary of the objective(s) of the team and anticipated contributions of each team member articulated and submitted by the faculty mentor, and 2) brief (100 words or less) statements provided to the proposed faculty mentor by each prospective team member describing why s/he wishes to participate in NCUIRE and the creative/research project.
NCUIRE Scholarships support students who are beginning to understand and appreciate the nature of research, inquiry, and creative activity. NCUIRE Scholars may have had some prior research experience, but this is not necessary. For example, prospective NCUIRE Scholars may have begun to learn about research and inquiry in relevant coursework. It is anticipated that most students applying for NCUIRE Scholarships will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors. The application process is proposal-based and requires the student applicant and faculty mentor to co-author a proposal. The duration of these awards is either an academic year (two semesters) or a summer (both summer sessions or session C).
NCUIRE Fellowships support prior NCUIRE Scholars as they continue to advance their research. Prospective NCUIRE Fellows need not necessarily work with the same faculty mentor with whom they worked as NCUIRE Scholars. It is anticipated that most students applying for NCUIRE Fellowships will be juniors or seniors. The application process is proposal-based and requires the student applicant (a former NCUIRE Scholar) to demonstrate a clear and primary role in authoring the proposal. The duration of the awards is either an academic year (two semesters) or a summer (both summer sessions or session C).
NCUIRE Research Assistants should anticipate time commitments of 5 hours per week for academic year awards and 80 total hours for summer awards. NCUIRE Team awardees should anticipate time commitments of 4 hours per week for academic year awards and 64 total hours for summer awards. NCUIRE Scholars and Fellows are expected to work 10 hours per week during the semester. For summer awards, NCUIRE Scholars and Fellows are expected to work 320 total hours. All awards include a student stipend (see Appendix A), and a budget for supplies for the project (up to $500) is provided to support projects conducted by NCUIRE Scholars and Fellows as well as projects conducted by NCUIRE Teams composed of four (4) or more students.