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URIC

Undergraduate Research and Internship Collaborative at Merrimack College

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“The future of stem education will involve an increase in the number and quality of hands on learning experiences that extend beyond the lecture and traditional laboratory settings.  As we move forward we must enhance our efforts to provide quality research and internship opportunities for undergraduates in the STEM fields.”  -  Dr. Jimmy Franco, Chemistry

Merrimack’s Undergraduate Research and Internship Collaborative (URIC) allows for students to work under the guidance of a Merrimack faculty member on engaging summer research projects or internships in one of many STEM fields.

URIC targets sophomores and juniors, providing them with opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience, thereby making them far more attractive to prospective employers, graduate and professional schools in an increasingly competitive, challenging job market.
 
URIC facilitates the establishment and continuation of a quality research project into their junior and/or senior year, as any of our STEM majors conduct senior research projects. URIC also facilitates peer learning, an effective teaching methodology, as seniors who have participated in the program help mentor the next generation of scientists.  

URIC is well aligned with Agenda for Distinction, a valuable program that could be used to attract high quality applicants to the College that express an interest in STEM; greatly enhancing STEM and interdisciplinary education at Merrimack.

Agenda For Distinction 

Key aspects of the Agenda for Distinction addressed by the program include:
1)    Increasing the number of students who are engaged in senior research or field projects, taking research preparation courses or senior seminars, and participating as subjects in sponsored research projects. Increasing the number of faculty mentors who are working with student researchers and increasing opportunities for student/faculty research and scholarship throughout the academic year;
2)    Developing distinctive models of undergraduate and graduate education through strategic investments in unique programs to expand enrollment; 
3)    Developing and expanding distinguishing out-of- classroom co-curricular, service learning, and experiential learning opportunities; 
4)    Clarifying and strengthening the links between our academic programs; 
5)    Establishing programs that foster teamwork and leadership skills;
6)    Encouraging and supporting scholarly work that contributes to the wisdom on which society bases its decisions; and
7)    Encouraging interdisciplinary studies.

Funding

Funding comes from a variety of sources, and is used as seed money with the idea that the program will eventually be supported by external sources (e.g. NSF DUE Grant) and that the research conducted during the program will lead to external research grants such as NIH R15, NSF RUI and NSF REU grants. 
 
These are just a few of the funding opportunities as many of the projects can also be supported by project-specific grants and funding.
If you are an organization who would like to provide research ideas or funding opportunities, please contact us.