Health Research Program – For UConn Health Faculty

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Program Overview
Spring 2017 Pilot
Summer 2017 Program
Academic Year 2017-18 Program
Timeline
Faculty Terms and Conditions
Financial Support
FAQ
Forms and Materials


Program Overview

The Health Research Program offers a new pathway into undergraduate research for students with interests in health and the biomedical sciences. By facilitating connections between UConn Health researchers and UConn undergraduates, this program will involve more students in the cutting-edge research at the Farmington campus. The Health Research Program includes a combination of academic year and summer research opportunities, offering undergraduates and their faculty mentors a structure for sustained engagement in research projects, maximizing student learning and preparation for graduate study and/or careers in the health professions.


Spring 2017 Pilot

For the initial pilot of the program, eighteen spring 2017 research opportunities were offered. Details about that phase can be found on the Spring 2017 Pilot Program page.


Summer 2017 Program

UConn Health faculty interested in mentoring undergraduate researchers this summer are invited to develop research projects for inclusion in this program. Summer placements will involve students in hands-on research for 9 or 10 weeks of full time research (approximately 360 hours total) to be scheduled at the faculty member’s discretion between May 8, 2017 and August 25, 2017. The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) will develop an opportunity description and application based on the information you submit via the Summer 2017 Research Opportunity Description Form. You will review the applications submitted for your research opportunity, identify and interview top candidates, and select the student you wish to offer a research opportunity.

As this program aims to support students’ sustained engagement in research projects, many summer 2017 opportunities will continue into academic year 2017-18, contingent upon satisfactory student research progress and continued interest by both student and faculty (in addition to the student’s full-time enrollment and good standing at the university). A mid-summer assessment process will allow you to indicate whether adequate research progress is being made and will ask both student and faculty to confirm their interest in continuing the research placement beyond the summer. When submitting a research opportunity description, faculty will be asked to indicate whether this is a standalone summer opportunity (i.e., will not continue into the academic year because they cannot support a more extended placement) or whether they intend to continue to mentor the student researcher into the academic year (contingent on the criteria specified above).

Please note that we reserve the right not to post a submitted research opportunity should we receive more faculty requests than we can accommodate or should the opportunity described not conform to the parameters of the program. In either case, the decision not to post the opportunity will be communicated to faculty by OUR staff.
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Academic Year 2017-18 Program

UConn Health faculty interested in mentoring undergraduate researchers in academic year 2017-18 are invited to develop research projects for inclusion in this program. Academic year placements will involve students in hands-on research for 3-9 hours/week beginning with the fall 2017 semester (August 28-December 8, 2017, with the exception of Thanksgiving recess, which runs November 19-25, 2017) and the spring 2018 semester (January 16-April 27, 2018, with the exception of Spring recess, which runs March 11-17). The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) will develop an opportunity description and application based on the information you submit via the Academic Year 2017-18 Research Opportunity Description Form. You will review the applications submitted for your research opportunity, identify and interview top candidates, and select the student you wish to offer a research opportunity.

As this program aims to support students’ sustained engagement in research projects, we expect these research placements to span the full academic year, contingent upon satisfactory student research progress and continued interest by both student and faculty (in addition to the student’s full-time enrollment and good standing at the university). A mid-semester assessment process will allow you to indicate whether adequate research progress is being made and will ask both student and faculty to confirm their interest in continuing the research placement for the spring; another mid-semester assessment will take place in spring to determine whether the placement continues for summer 2018. Student-faculty pairs will also have the option to continue the research during the winter recess between fall and spring semester.

Please note that we reserve the right not to post a submitted research opportunity should we receive more faculty requests than we can accommodate or should the opportunity described not conform to the parameters of the program. In either case, the decision not to post the opportunity will be communicated to faculty by OUR staff.
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Timeline

The application processes for the summer 2017 and academic year 2017-18 will run simultaneously.

Application Process
Tuesday, January 14, 2017: Deadline for faculty to submit a Summer 2017 Research Opportunity Description Form or an Academic Year 2017-18 Research Opportunity Description Form
February 15-24, 2017: Research opportunity descriptions and applications are available to students
Friday, February 24, 2017: Deadline for students to apply to individual research opportunities
February 27-March 10, 2017: Faculty review applications and interview leading applicants
Friday, March 10, 2017: Deadline for faculty to provide OUR with a ranking of top applicants.
Saturday, March 11, 2017: OUR will extend formal offers to the selected students on this date.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017: Deadline for student to accept research opportunity offer

Summer Research Placement
The specific weeks during which the student will be engaged in summer research are to be determined by each student-faculty pair and communicated to the Office of Undergraduate Research. As research dates will vary, so too will several of the dates below, as indicated.
Friday, April 21, 2017: Deadline for student completion of program documentation requirements (including background check, health requirements verification, articulation of a learning plan, and review of orientation documents). Laboratory safety training (where applicable) should also be completed prior to the end of the spring semester.
Start date of research: Secure badge, complete safety checklist with faculty host.
End of week 5 of research: Deadline for student and faculty to submit mid-semester progress assessment. For those students not in standalone summer placements, this assessment determines whether the research placement will continue into the academic year.
End date of research: Student end-of-summer survey due.

Fall Research Placement
Friday, April 21, 2017: Deadline for student completion of program documentation requirements (including background check, health requirements verification, learning agreement, and review of orientation documents). Laboratory safety training (where applicable) should also be completed prior to the end of the spring semester.
Monday, August 28, 2017: Start of fall semester and fall research placements.
Friday, October 13, 2017: Deadline for student and faculty to submit mid-semester progress assessment. This assessment determines whether the research placement will continue into the winter or spring.
Friday, December 8, 2017: End of fall semester classes
Tuesday, December 19, 2017: Fall grading deadline. Student end-of-semester report and faculty feedback must be provided prior to this date so a grade can be recorded by the instructor of record.
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Faculty Terms and Conditions

Faculty participants in the Health Research Program for summer 2017 and/or academic year 2017-18 must agree to the following terms:

  • To provide a research opportunity description no later than Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
  • To make a selection from among the applicants and inform OUR of this selection no later than Friday, March 10, 2017. If no applicants are suitable, you are under no obligation to select a student.
  • To develop a learning agreement in collaboration with the student to structure his/her learning experience.
  • To collaborate and communicate with a Storrs-based faculty member in the student’s major for course credit purposes during the academic year. It is likely that a Storrs faculty member will need to be the instructor of record for the student’s research/independent study course. Clear communication between Storrs faculty and UConn Health faculty regarding learning goals and student performance will be essential to the integrity of the learning experience and to course-related processes being completed in a timely manner.
  • To assist the student in completing any necessary UConn Health approval processes in order to be able to participate in undergraduate research.
  • To ensure that training requirements are communicated to the student and that training is completed in a timely manner.
  • To ensure the student is added to any relevant research compliance protocols (e.g., IRB, IACUC) in a timely manner.
  • To establish a mutually agreeable work schedule with the student, and to ensure that appropriate supervision is provided during work hours.
  • To provide constructive feedback to the student on his/her achievement of learning goals.
  • To complete a mid-summer/mid-semester assessment of the student’s research progress by the relevant deadline.
  • To provide an end-of-semester assessment of the student’s research progress. This evaluation will form the basis of the student’s grade.
  • To share any questions, concerns, and/or recommendations with the Office of Undergraduate Research as they arise.

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Financial Support

Supply Support to Faculty
During each term of the program (summer, fall, spring), you may request up to $500 in support for expenses associated with an undergraduate research opportunity offered through this program. This request must be accompanied by an itemized budget and a statement certifying that available funds cannot be directed to cover these expenses.

Stipend Support to Students

  • Students participating in the summer 2017 program will receive a $4,000 stipend for a commitment of 360 hours of summer research (9 or 10 full-time weeks).
  • Students who begin their participation in the Health Research Program in academic year 2017-18 and continue into summer 2018 will receive a $4,000 stipend for a commitment of 360 hours of summer 2018 research (9 or 10 full-time weeks).
  • Students may receive a maximum of one summer stipend over the course of their participation in the Health Research Program.
  • Academic year student researchers will be eligible for a $1,000 winter research stipend if they commit to completing 90 hours of winter break research.

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FAQ


What time commitment is expected of a student researcher in this program?

A time commitment of 360 hours (9 or 10 full-time weeks) is expected of summer student researchers. A time commitment of 3-9 hours/week is expected of student researchers during the academic year. During the academic year, our expectation is that students will be earning academic credit, and the standard formula for academic credit is 1 credit for each 3 hours of weekly research. Accordingly, we encourage you to determine whether a commitment of 3, 6, or 9 hours/week is appropriate for a research opportunity with you.


Must all students participating in this program earn academic credit for the academic year?

It is our expectation that students will earn academic credit associated with their participation in undergraduate research for the fall and spring. However, if earning academic credit is not appropriate given a student’s individual circumstances, the OUR would work with that student and his/her faculty advisor to make alternate arrangements.


What transportation options are available for students?

Shuttle service between Storrs and Farmington is available at no cost to students. The planned summer shuttle schedule would allow students living in Storrs to work 9am-4pm. For fall 2017, we expect to again make arrangements for a mid-day shuttle run; our expectation is that the shuttle will allow Storrs students to work 9am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, or 9am-4pm. We encourage you to take the shuttle schedule into consideration when setting the parameters for possible work schedule when you complete the relevant Research Opportunity Description Form. Some students may elect to use other modes of transportation.


Can I select more than one student to work with me?

Due to limited resources, we expect to be able to accommodate only one student per faculty mentor this summer. There may be more flexibility for an opportunity beginning in academic year 2017-18; if you can commit to mentoring more than one student, you may indicate your intention to do so in the Academic Year 2017-18 Research Opportunity Description Form.


I have a joint appointment at UConn Health and at UConn Storrs. Can I participate in this program?

Yes, as long as the research project proposed will be conducted at UConn Health. This program is not intended to support students’ involvement in research at Storrs.


I am already supervising a UConn undergraduate researcher. Can we participate in this program?

This program is focused on developing new research opportunities and involving more undergraduate students in research at UConn Health. We would be happy to talk with you or your student at any time about other OUR funding opportunities that could help support your research together.


I am participating in the spring pilot of the Health Research Program. Can I advertise another opportunity and recruit another student?

You are welcome to submit an opportunity. However, if we see more interest from faculty than we can accommodate, we will prioritize the inclusion of faculty who have yet to participate in the program.

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Forms and Materials

Summer 2017 Research Opportunity Description Form

Academic Year 2017-18 Research Opportunity Description Form

Learning Agreement Template (Coming Soon)

Mid-Semester Progress Assessment – Faculty (Coming Soon)

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