Tuesday, January 19, 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT: Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE)

The Princeton Graduate School seeks to engage your interest and participation in our 2010 summer research program. The Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE) will be held June 14 through August 6, 2010. Historically, this program has produced a number of competitive graduate student applicants for Princeton, and a number of doctoral students have come through the summer program.

PSURE’s purpose is to increase the diversity of the Graduate School’s Ph.D. applicant pool. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have completed their sophomore or junior year, and who have a 3.5 or better g.p.a. in their major. In choosing students for the program, the Graduate School will give preference to students from non-research intensive institutions (e.g., liberal arts colleges), those who have not had a summer research experience before at a major research institution, and those who demonstrate socio-economic disadvantage. We have encouraged historically underrepresented students especially to apply.

Applications are submitted through the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP website at: http://www.theleadershipalliance.org/ and are due by February 1, 2010. We invite you to identify strong candidates that you know to apply for our program. They must be non-Princeton students who meet the above criteria. Please direct eligible and interested students to the above website.

Each student accepted for PSURE is placed with a Princeton faculty member, to serve as a research assistant for that faculty member, and thereby become acquainted with the kind of work associated with doctoral study. For this program to thrive it needs faculty support, because without your participation this program cannot exist. The student-faculty relationship that develops during the program can be invaluable and long-lasting for both you and the student. You not only gain a research assistant, but you also have the opportunity to influence greatly the future education of the student.

The Graduate School expects the success of this program to continue and therefore is asking for your additional assistance. If you have a research project and are interested in being a research mentor this summer please notify me, kjweaver@princeton.edu, or Elaine Willey atewilley@princeton.edu. Please include a brief paragraph describing the project and the work you would have the student perform. Review of applications will begin in late-February, at which time we will try to match student's interests with that of a faculty member's research. For more information please go to: http://gso.princeton.edu/diversity/recruitment/summer/.

Thank you in advance for your attention and support and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

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