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UHP DISCOVER

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This signature undergraduate research program engages UHP students in full-time summer research with UC faculty mentors in the humanities, social sciences, education, business, music, arts, and other non-STEMM disciplines.

There is a common misperception amongst students that research opportunities are exclusive to STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) disciplines. This is not the case - undergraduate student engagement in research is important, valuable, and available across all disciplines. UHP Discover increases opportunities for UHP students to engage in undergraduate research across disciplines.  

UHP students apply to be matched with UC faculty to engage in full-time summer research. Students who successfully match will be paid hourly ($10 per hour, up to a maximum total of $4,000; this amount is not guaranteed) to work full-time (30-40 hours per week) with their faculty mentors on research projects. Students will also attend professional development workshops addressing topics such as networking and professional presentation. Students will also give a presentation on their research experience at the end of the summer. 

UHP Discover is grounded in experience-based learning, which is central to the UHP's vision of developing students into global citizen scholars who lead innovative efforts towards solving the world’s complex problems. This program was created so that students gain a deeper understanding of the field(s) in which they are researching, establish professional contacts and mentoring relationships with leading faculty, and are better prepared to advance to the next stage(s) of their career, including graduate school. 

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Applications for the Summer 2020 UHP Discover Program are now closed!

Overview and Eligibility

UHP Discover is open to all students who are in the UHP during Summer semester 2020 (May 11 - August 8, 2020). This is a paid* research opportunity that will also qualify as two pre-approved honors experiences.

  • We value interactions across disciplines - UHP students from any discipline are encouraged to apply and students may apply for research projects outside of their own department or college!
  • This is a full-time (30-40 hours per week) paid research commitment. Please see the "Student Funding" section below for details on payment.  
  • Students cannot be enrolled in full-time classes if they are participating in UHP Discover. If a student is enrolling in a summer class(es), the student should not be enrolled in more than 6 credit hours. In addition, any class that the student is enrolled in cannot conflict with the UHP Discover research requirements. 
  • First and second year students are especially encouraged to apply, but the program is open to UHP students of all years (provided that you are still in the UHP in summer 2020; students graduating in spring 2020 are not eligible). 
  • Students will be required to participate in professional development sessions during the summer. 
  • Students will be required to present their research results at the conclusion of the summer session.
  • Upon completion of all requirements, students will earn two honors experiences. 
  • *To be paid, students must be eligible to be employed in the United States. 

Application and Matching Process

  • Student information sessions will be held on Monday, February 3 at 3:30 pm and Thursday, February 6 at 5:30 pm both in Swift Hall 708. 
  • Summer 2020 project descriptions will be added to this webpage in early-to-mid February. Please review the project descriptions once available. 
  • Complete the online UHP DISCOVER application beginning mid-February. 
  • Upon completion, your application(s) will be forwarded to the potential faculty mentor(s), who will then contact selected students for any additional information and to schedule interviews. Please note that you are not guaranteed an interview. It is a competitive matching / selection process. 
  • Students can apply to more than one research project (by filling out multiple applications) but they can only work on a single project during the program.
  • Matches should NOT be offered prior February 24. Students have 24 hours to accept/decline a match.
  • Both students and faculty must confirm the match via email by March 13 (to Marcell Crawford, marcell.crawford@uc.edu)
  • If you have any questions, please contact marcell.crawford@uc.edu

Student Funding

  • If successfully matched with a faculty mentor, students will be paid* for their full-time research. *Students must be eligible for employment in the United States to be paid. 
  • Pay will be $10 per hour, up to 40 hours per week (no overtime), up to $4000 in total for the summer. The actual amount earned will be based on the actual number of hours that the student works and could be less than $4000 in total. This amount is not guaranteed. Funding will not be provided for students to work more than this. 
  • Students must develop their work schedule in agreement with their faculty mentor, including duration (number of weeks) and intensity (hours per week). 
  • You cannot work more than 40 hours per week in UHP Discover. In addition, if you will be employed in another student position at UC in summer 2020, you cannot work more than 40 hours per week in total between the positions. 

Summer 2020 UHP Discover Projects

For questions regarding UHP DISCOVER, contact:

Marcell Crawford, Assistant Director and Honors Advisor

513.556.3202 or marcell.crawford@uc.edu 

 

Faculty applications are now closed for Summer 2020!

Will you be conducting research during Summer 2020? If so, please consider being a part of the UHP Discover summer research program. 

UC faculty are encouraged to submit proposals to serve as research mentors for UHP Discover!

This is a full-time (30-40 hours per week for 10 weeks) summer research experience for undergraduate students in the UHP. Research projects are to be from the humanities, social sciences, business, education, music, arts, and other non-STEMM disciplines only. Research projects in STEMM disciplines are not eligible. 

10-15 faculty research projects will be selected and supported for summer 2020.  

The faculty proposal process is as follows:

  • Faculty must submit their research project proposal to the UHP by Friday, January 31.  
  • Research projects must be full-time (30-40 hours per week, for 10 weeks, in summer 2020). 
  • The faculty member must be in Cincinnati and at UC for the summer, in order to mentor and supervise their student researcher. 
  • Research project proposals will be reviewed by a committee of UHP faculty and staff. 10-15 will be selected. 
  • Faculty will be informed of their proposal's status on Monday, February 10.
The faculty / student matching process will be as follows:
  • Selected projects will be posted online by February 11 for UHP students to view.
  • Beginning February 13, UHP students may apply to their desired project(s). Their deadline to apply will be Friday, February 21. 
  • Faculty may reach out to students to schedule in-person interviews as applications are received.
  • Matches may begin on February 24 at 8am (meaning, faculty can offer to their selected applicant beginning on this date). Students are given 24 hours to accept/decline. If the first student you offer to does not accept, you may offer to the next student (and continue this until you and a student match). 
  • The faculty member will then indicate their student selection/match to the UHP by Friday, March 13.

The faculty member's department will be required to hire the student as a student employee, so that the student can be paid to conduct the research: 

  • The UHP will provide the funding, up to $4000. 
  • The faculty member's department must hire the selected student as an hourly student employee ($10 per hour, up to $4000 in total for the summer). The faculty member and their department must oversee all aspects of the student's employment, including hiring, clocking in and out/timekeeping, PCR processes, and managing all other HR processes related to hiring and employment.
  • The UHP will transfer the funding to the department to pay the student, up to $4000. The faculty member will indicate how many hours per week the student will work for the ten weeks. This amount of funding will be transferred to the faculty member's department, up to $4000. If students will work less than 40 hours per week for the ten weeks, a pro-rated amount will be transferred. If the student works fewer hours than indicated, the remaining funds are to be transferred back to the UHP at the end of the summer. 
  • Students are not permitted to work more than 40 hours per week. 
  • Students will begin work at the beginning of the Summer 2020 semester.
  • UHP students are required to attend professional development sessions on some Friday mornings. Faculty must allow the students to attend these sessions on these Fridays. 
  • UHP students are required to present their research at the conclusion of the summer to fellow members of the program, mentors, and UHP staff.

Faculty Funding 

The UHP will provide $1000 to the faculty mentor's department for use by the faculty member. The $1000 will be transferred to the faculty member’s department in May, to then be available for the faculty member’s use. This funding is transferred from operating funds. A salary or stipend is not paid to the faculty member by the UHP. If the department chooses to use the $1000 to pay a stipend, it must be used for both salary and benefits. Therefore, the faculty member will not be paid $1000 by the department but rather a smaller amount to also account for required benefits. $1000 will be transferred for each UHP Discover project that a faculty member oversees, if a match is made.

Student Funding 

The UHP will also transfer up to $4000 (including benefits) to the faculty member's department to cover the student researchers hourly pay ($10 per hour, 30-40 hours per week for 10 weeks, up to 400 hours for the summer). The faculty member's department must hire the student as an hourly student employee and oversee all aspects of the student's employment. 

The faculty member will indicate to the UHP how many hours per week the student will work for the ten weeks. This amount of funding will be transferred to the faculty member's department, up to $4000. If students will work less than 40 hours per week for the ten weeks, a pro-rated amount will be transferred.

If the student works fewer hours than planned, the remaining funds are to be transferred back to the UHP at the end of the summer.