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SoHE Summer Scholars is an undergraduate research program at the University of Texas at Austin. The goal of the Summer Scholars program is to prepare students for the rigors of graduate school by providing immersive, hands-on experience in active scientific labs. All undergraduate students are welcome to apply, and students from marginalized or underresourced communities are especially encouraged to apply

The core components of the Summer Scholars program include:

Scientific Research:

Summer Scholars will learn to conduct original scientific research via placements within the member labs of the Department of Nutrtional Sciences and the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

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Building a Community of Science:

A central aim of the Summer Scholars program is to foster inclusivity and nurture a sense of community among scholars. Summer Scholars are paired with a formal mentor – typically a graduate student or post-doc – and supervised by a faculty PI or the duration of the program. Mentors provide day-to-day guidance in the lab and general support throughout the program.

Organized social activities provide opportunity for all participants to build new connections and friendships within and outside of their labs. Extracurricular events are also paired with regular check-ins, status meetings, and progress reports to ensure students are getting the support and supervision required for steady research progress.

Professional Development:

Summer Scholars will meet regularly as a group to take part in workshops, seminars, and discussions on a wide variety of topics designed to enhance their professional development. Past workshop and discussion topics include: ethics in research, how to apply to graduate school, how to read/write scientific publications, presentation skills and techniques, and explorations of different life-science careers.

Summer Scholars will further shape their professional skills through activities like a 2-Minute Elevator Pitch Competition, mock interviews, formal Lab-Swaps, and final oral and poster presentations. (These are examples of past activities, the specific 2022 schedule has yet to be announced.)

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