The mission is to provide research opportunities for sophomores or rising juniors majoring in science, mathematics or engineering with cumulative GPAs above 2.0, in order to learn basic research methods and techniques with the assistance of research mentors.
The Summer Sophomore Research Institute (SSRI) is a six week, residential program open to rising sophomores or rising juniors. Participants in the SSRI program, known as SSRI Fellows, will work with faculty on a research project. In addition, fellows in the SSRI program will be exposed to workshops on research methods, performing library research, computer and internet resources, service learning, and how to present research through poster and oral presentations. Program dates typically coincide with UVI's Summer Session II. A competitive stipend will be provided. Typically, there are 10 open slots each summer but there may be more if additional funding becomes available.
To provide students with an introduction to scientific research by introducing the cell cycle, the use of viruses to generate potential cures, and vaccine preparation
To build students' confidence in their academic abilities
To foster skills to work productively and creatively in pursuit of scientific research
To develop an appreciation for the professional and the ethical side of science as well as an appreciation for the role of the scientist
The SSRI seeks students who:
- have just completed their freshman or sophomore year at UVI
- have a major in the College of Science and Mathematics
- have a GPA of 2.0 or above
- have a goal of improving their GPA (requirement for the program)
- provide proof of US citizenship or permanent residence*
How does one apply?
Submit a complete ECS application (available on the ECS Homepage) by February 28th. If there are any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the College of Science and Math - ECS Program by sending an email to email@example.com or calling 693-1249.
Funding for this program is provided through a grant from the National Science Foundation's HBCU-UP program. Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) promotes excellence in Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Technology fields, and through research experiences.
*International students may be eligible if special funding becomes available.