The Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE) is unique to HES and aims to encourage and support undergraduate participation in research projects across the college. PURE provides opportunities for exceptional students to cooperate actively with faculty mentors, learning firsthand about multiple dimensions of research, creative activity, and scholarship processes. We consider the first three pilot years of this program to have been a great success. We have provided funding to more than 25 undergraduate applicants, representing Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, Human Development & Family Studies, Architectural Studies, and Textiles and Apparel Management. Some students have had posters or papers from their work accepted at regional and national conferences.
Students majoring in any HES unit, and with a minimum of 50 hours of completed coursework and a 3.25 GPA, are eligible to apply for a PURE mentorship for the Summer Session of 2014, Fall Semester 2014, Spring Semester 2015, or a combined Fall 2014/Spring 2015 period. Students must apply in partnership with faculty mentors in their major department and are expected to (1) devote 160 hours over the course of a semester to the research internship, and (2) prepare two products: (a) research poster, talk or other final product for either on-campus or off-campus presentation, and (b) written final report of approximately 500 words on their research experience.
The total pay for the experience is $2,000; three-quarters of these funds are provided by PURE and the other quarter is provided by the mentor’s unit, research grant, or other source identified by the mentor. Funds will be used exclusively to support the undergraduate research experiences. PURE is administered by the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies and advised by a faculty committee.
For 2014-2015, we will have a single deadline of March 21, 2014, with notification of accepted applications provided by April 7, 2014. We anticipate being able to fund up to 8 students.
We hope this program continues to prove successful for HES, and I would be happy to visit with anyone about HES-PURE. Thanks!
Dr. Sandy Rikoon, associate dean