Undergraduate Mentoring

Undergraduate Research Mentoring (URM): Helping students succeed in life sciences research

This 12-month scholarship-mentoring program helps undergraduates from diverse backgrounds excel in the life sciences. The goals of our program are to:

  • recruit talented students from diverse backgrounds as URM Scholars 
  • provide research training though mentoring partnerships with cutting-edge researchers
  • help Scholars accomplish their research objectives and excel in academics
  • refer Scholars to graduate programs and careers in the life sciences

Program details

If you’re selected, you’ll choose a mentor who will help you:

  • develop a research prospectus and plan
  • complete the research
  • prepare and present a final paper

You would be required to take a two credit course, Foundations of Research (ENV 499), every semester.

Program benefits

The program has many benefits. URM Scholars:


  • are awarded up to $15,000 per year in a combination of scholarships and wages
  • receive a $2,000 scholarship for both the fall and spring terms
  • are paid $10 per hour for their research efforts
  • work as part-time researchers during the academic year and full-time during the summer
  • share their findings during research symposia at the end of spring term and at the end of the summer
  • are provided an allowance of $500 for travel related to research or professional meetings



The program’s intent is to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to pursue academic careers in life sciences fields. Underrepresented groups in biology include, but are not limited to:

  • African American
  • Hispanic American
  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Pacific Islander
  • special needs
  • students returning to school after an extended hiatus


April 21, 2014

Download the application form.