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Cooperative Mentored Research Program / Mentors

Postdoctoral associates and advanced graduate students at supporting research institutions in the Triangle have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students from Meredith College in a research experience. While supporting women in the life sciences, research mentors will get invaluable mentoring, project management and leadership experience. All mentors receive a stipend of $500, payable at the end of the semester.

Research projects should be designed in their entirety by the mentor with the full support of their faculty mentor or PI. Individual projects should be designed for undergraduate students to complete largely independently after training in specific research techniques and with regular mentoring sessions. In the summer program, Meredith students work up to 250 hours on the project.

Application Requirements

To be completed by the applicant

  • A statement of interest describing your view on mentoring and its importance in your career (approximately ½ page). Statement should include your name, department, number of years in current doctoral or postdoctoral position, your training/mentoring experience, and what you expect to gain from the program.
  • A description of the research, including techniques to be used, written in lay terms (approximately ½ page). This abstract will be used to determine the level of special training required for the participating student (i.e. radiation safety training, animal training, etc).
  • A research proposal outlining the research to be performed and the importance of the expected results (1-2 pages). Please include a statement on how the proposed research will advance the undergraduate’s training experience. Please avoid jargon. The proposal will be used by Meredith faculty, who may not necessarily be in your discipline, to match students according to interests and skill level. The proposal will also be read by the matched student as an introduction to your research.


To be completed by the PI


  • Please provide a letter of support indicating your willingness to receive a Meredith College undergraduate student in your laboratory or research group for the indicated period of time under the direct supervision of the applicant. Please also disclose your level of involvement in designing the applicant’s research proposal.


Project Timeline, Selection and Stipend


We will begin accepting mentor applications for Summer 2014 on Monday March 24, 2014 and continue until March 31, 2014. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program by April 28, 2014.

To apply at UNC: Email application materials to Patrick Brandt, by March 31, 2014. If you or your advisor has questions while preparing your application, please feel free to contact Patrick Brandt.

To apply from Duke, EPA, NCSU, or other institutions: Email application materials to Erin Lindquist,, by March 31, 2014. If you or your advisor/PI has questions while preparing your application, please feel free to contact Erin Lindquist.

Summer 2014 research should be conducted between May 12 and August 1, 2014, so research mentors should plan their project timelines accordingly.

Participating undergraduate students will be selected based on merit by faculty at Meredith College and will be matched to research projects by their interest.


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