One of the important activities of the ICubed project is to integrate research and education. To do so ICubed is funding undergraduate students to perform research under the guidance of a UCF STEM faculty. This activity is facilitated, in line with the project’s vision, by creating synergies amongst the many UCF projects that support the integration of research and education. Therefore, ICubed has partnered with a number of programs at UCF, such as EXCEL, RAMP, McNair, YES, and LEARN (described below).
ICubed is No Longer Accepting Applications for the fall 2015 Semester.
This is an NSF funded project (STEP grant) whose goal is to increase the success of students who pursue a degree in a STEM discipline. To accomplish this goal EXCEL provides for its students enhanced educational opportunities, one of which is funded research experiences for sophomores.
The UCF Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP), funded by UCF, focuses on students who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, is designed to provide undergraduate students, who may be interested in pursuing graduate education, with funded research experiences supervised by a faculty mentor. In addition, the students participate in a variety of workshops designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of graduate school education.
The McNair Scholars Program, funded by the Department of Education, provides an enriching educational experience for students from underrepresented groups and first-generation/low-income students to excel as undergraduates and prepare for graduate school with the ultimate goal of entering faculty positions. The program works closely with participants through their undergraduate requirements, encourages their entrance into graduate programs, and tracks their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees.
The Career Advancement Mentoring Program for Young Entrepreneurs and Scholars, (CAMP-YES), funded by NSF (S-STEM grant), has as its goal to provide to academically talented and financially challenged students the opportunity to perform funded research at the research lab of a UCF STEM professor; an internship at the premises of a company in the vicinity of UCF; or an entrepreneurship experience through the Blackstone Launchpad at UCF. CAMP-YES students learn important skills (e.g., presentation, writing skills), in addition with the knowledge of how to contribute in research and other projects.
LEARN is an NSF funded program at UCF with a number of objectives, such as increase STEM retention, create a small learning community at a large metropolitan university, and provide early research experiences to its student cohort with the intent of encouraging them to pursue research in their later college years through other UCF programs that fund undergraduate student research.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.0963146. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.