Furman Integrative Research

Opportunities for Summer Research Support for Faculty and Students

There are multiple opportunities for summer support in mentoring undergraduate research students facilitated through several different award mechanisms currently administered through the Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences.  A brief description of each program is provided below for your convenience, and additional application materials are available from the OIRS (john.wheeler@furman.edu).  


NSF-RII Summer Faculty Fellowships

For Summer 2015, opportunities are available for up to 5 Furman students and faculty to receive support from the National Science Foundation through South Carolina's NSF Research Infrastructure and Improvement (RII) award for research generally supportive of the state's emphasis on biofabrication. The South Carolina theme is specifically devoted to the eventual development of vascularized artificial organs using stem cells harvested from adipose (fat) tissue. At Furman, any supportive research activity would be considered appropriate for consideration, whether in the area of computer modeling, instrumental measurements developed for in vivo or biological environments, materials science with biological applications, human development, etc. Five $6,000 awards are available for Summer 2015 that include:

   $4,000 student summer stipend (with emphasis on supporting underrepresented minority students from Furman or other South Carolina HBCU campuses)

   $2,000 supplies funding per student 

Applicants must submit a 2-page research description that includes the role of the undergraduate(s) in the research project, an NSF Biosketch and a student information form which can be obtained from OIRS (john.wheeler@furman.edu). Faculty with research interests in any relevant area supportive of the NSF-RII effort are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr. Wheeler with questions regarding the appropriateness of a particular research topic to the SC theme and/or additional application materials.  The application deadline for 2015 awards is Monday February 16, 2015, with awards to be announced by early March.

NIH-INBRE Summer Matching Fellowships

As a matching component to our current NIH-INBRE award (2010-2015), 2 Furman faculty conducting work in biomedical research (i.e., research generally supported by institutes within the National Institutes of Health or other health/medically-related work) will be provided with summer research fellowships in the amount of $17,500 per award, which includes:

   $10,000 faculty summer salary (10 week full-time research commitment)

   $4,000 student summer stipend

   $3,500 supplies funding

Applicants must submit a 6-page (maximum) research proposal and an NIH Biosketch for external review/evaluation. Detailed application instructions are provided in the application materials, which are available from OIRS. Please contact Dr. John Wheeler with questions or to obtain application materials.


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