SMART: Support For Minority Advancement in Research Training

To enhance the training of under-represented minority (URM) students and their recruitment into graduate programs at USC, the Office of the Vice President for Research has established collaborations with HBCUs to train these students at USC during the summer. Faculty who mentor URM students (from HBCUs, USC or other institutions) during the summer will receive a supplement of $1000 per student, for up to two students this summer. Faculty members who are already receiving compensation for mentoring URM students are not eligible. This support can be used towards summer salary for the mentor (faculty, post-docs, graduate students), research costs and/or for the URM undergraduate students (provided that the undergraduate URM student is a citizen or green card holder).

Terms of the Support

Responsibilities of the Faculty Mentor

(Note: Students participating in the Morris College-USC Summer Research Program are paid by DOE to work 10 weeks. In order to comply with DOE guidelines, these students should not be given time off because the faculty mentor is out of town.)

Responsibilities of the Student

To be considered by the VPR Office for this support, faculty must complete this brief application, save as a Word document and email it to Lauren Clark with the subject heading “Faculty Support Request. " The deadline for receipt of these applications is June 6, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lauren Clark, Research Program Manager for the Office of Research, by email or by phone (777-3929).


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