Cooperative Mentored Research Program / Students

Gain graduate-level research experience.

Through the Cooperative Mentored Research Program, students conduct collaborative research at a large research-focused institution in the Triangle under the mentorship of a postdoctoral associate or advanced graduate student. You will learn how to work on a larger research project under the guidance of a mentor and co-researcher, ask questions to move forward in your research, and utilize resources to find solutions to cutting-edge research questions.

How it Works
Research projects are designed by the postdoc/graduate student mentor and Meredith mentee, and are conducted independently by the student after training in specific research techniques. Students are expected to commit 250 hours of research in the summer with the majority of hours spent working in a laboratory or meeting with the mentor at the mentor's institution.  Students earn $10 per hour for a maximum stipend of $2500, and up to $200 reimbursement for travel to or parking costs at their host instituion.  Students also may apply for travel funds to present their research at conferences. Stipends, student travel to conferences and their sponsoring institution, and workshop costs are supported by a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Foundation.

For Summer 2014 Student Applicants: Interested students must submit an application for participation in the program by April 11, 2014. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted will be matched with a research mentor. Students will be notified of their acceptance to the program by April 28, 2014.

A hard and electronic copy should be submitted to Francie Cuffney in SMB 105 and by email  by 5 p.m. on April 11, 2014. The official transcript only needs to be submitted as a hard copy, while all other materials should be submitted in both hard copy and electronic formats.

Application cover sheet (PDF)

Enrollment Requirements

  • Enroll as a full-time Meredith College undergraduate student in the semester you conduct the research.
  • Enroll in 499 for three credits, and attend relevant research seminars in your discipline.
  • Have a 3.0 overall GPA or higher.
  • If conducting biology or chemistry research, have completed Organic Chemistry I and Calculus I and achieved at least a “C” in both courses prior to the research experience.
  • Commit to a minimum of 10 hours of research at the mentor’s institution, not including transportation time. The student must be able to independently arrange travel to the mentor’s institution by car or bus.
  • Present research at Celebrating Student Achievement Day during the semester you conduct the research.


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Contact Information

Francie Cuffney
Head, Department of Biological Sciences
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(919) 760-2879
103 Science/Mathematics Bldg.
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