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Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to frequently asked questions about the UPRISE program. If you have further questions, please contact: Dr. Heather Norton heather.norton@uc.edu. When you are ready to submit your project below.


I am interested in participating in the UPRISE program this summer. How do I submit a project description?

You will submit a brief (250-300) word abstract of your project using our project portal. Your abstract should generally describe the research the student will be conducting, why it is significant, skills the ideal student will need, and skills they will develop while conducting this research.  Some faculty submit a description for a specific project, others outline general areas of research that the student could conduct in their lab. Both are acceptable. Please make sure that your project description is understandable to an undergraduate student. Project applications will be reviewed by the UPRISE director and then posted to the UPRISE website, where students can view them.

As a faculty mentor, am I responsible for the UPRISE student stipend?

Faculty mentors contribute 50% of the student stipend ($2,250). The UPRISE program contributes the other 50%. Mentor funds can come sources such as departmental or college funds as well as grants. Please note that NIH funding does not allow for grant funding to be used towards scholarships and fellowships. The stipend that UPRISE students receive falls under this category of educational assistance.

How are students selected for the UPRISE program? How much of a voice do I have in selecting the UPRISE student that I would mentor?

Applicants to UPRISE are evaluated by the UPRISE committee, which will select the 20 students to be admitted to the program each year. The UPRISE Committee will conduct a holistic application review to evaluate a student’s potential for success in the program. Factors considered include GPA, a student’s potential for research (as described in their letters of recommendation), and their personal statement. In their personal statement students will explain why representation is important in STEM fields, how this impacts them personally, and how the UPRISE program can help them to achieve their academic and long-term career goals. Prior to submitting their UPRISE application, students will also meet and interview with faculty mentors that they are interested in working with. The UPRISE committee will solicit faculty feedback from mentors on these interviews, and will use that information, as well as student information about project preference, to match accepted students to specific mentors and projects.

I am planning to travel over the summer—can I still mentor a student in the UPRISE program?

One of the strengths of the UPRISE program is the mentorship that students receive. While we recognize that students may have multiple mentors in their research lab (including postdocs and advanced graduate students), you will be their primary faculty mentor. With that in mind, we ask that you make every effort to be a consistent presence during the UPRISE program. However, travel is often inevitable (especially in the summer)—if you will be away from the lab make sure that your UPRISE student has a clear plan for how to conduct research in your absence and a designated person to check in with. If you are going to be away for a substantial amount of the program period then this may not be the best summer to take on an UPRISE student.


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Dr. Heather Norton

UPRISE Director