The SHARE Virtual Research Apprenticeship program provides early career undergraduates majoring in the social sciences, humanities, and arts with an opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on a research project over the summer. These meaningful learning experiences allow students to develop foundational research skills that they can build on as they progress through their academic career, as well as to establish mentoring relationships with faculty in their discipline.
Research apprentices commit to 90 hours of work on a faculty mentor’s project over the course of the summer, with project weeks and hours per week to be determined by the faculty mentor. All project work will be conducted remotely. Research apprentices receive a $1000 stipend for their participation, and faculty mentors receive a $500 professional development award in recognition of their mentorship.
Examples of SHARE apprentice duties may include, but are not limited to: conducting literature reviews, assisting in designing a study or experiment, coding and/or analyzing data, and conducting and/or transcribing interviews.
To be eligible to apply, a student applicant must:
- Be majoring or pre-majoring in social sciences, humanities, or arts at any UConn campus.
- Have completed four or fewer semesters at UConn (this includes spring 2022 – the semester in which applications are submitted).
- Be in good academic standing at the time of application and remain in good academic standing while participating in the program.
This program prioritizes early career students with little to no prior research experience. Students from underrepresented backgrounds, 1st generation students, and students with high financial need are encouraged to apply.
The goal of this program is to foster new student-faculty connections. As part of the award conditions, faculty mentors are asked to select a student they are not currently working with and/or have not previously worked with in a research capacity.
Students may receive only one SHARE academic year award and one SHARE summer award during their years at UConn.
- Apprentices will receive a $1000 stipend for agreeing to complete 90 hours of work on the SHARE project. Stipends will be disbursed in two parts. The first half will be disbursed to the apprentice at the start of the summer. The second half will be disbursed in the middle of the summer, pending submission of a mid-project progress report that verifies work on the SHARE project.
- Apprentices agree to complete a reflection at the start of the apprenticeship and at mid-point, and to submit an end-of-summer reflection to the Office of Undergraduate Research at the conclusion of the apprenticeship.
- Apprentices agree to present at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition the fall or spring following the apprenticeship.
The summer 2022 apprenticeship program timeline will be updated in fall 2021.
The SHARE Virtual Summer Research Apprenticeship program was launched in Summer 2021. The opportunities that were offered in the pilot summer of the program are listed here for reference, but none of these are active opportunities.
The summer 2022 apprenticeships will be posted in spring 2022.
For reference purposes, the Summer 2021 SHARE Virtual Research Apprenticeships are available on the SHARE Summer Apprenticeships opportunity archive page.
The summer 2022 apprenticeships will be posted in spring 2022.
Please make sure to review the eligibility requirements prior to applying. Applications from students who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered.
Applications are submitted via the Quest Portal link found in each position description. You can apply for a maximum of 2 positions.
There is a standard set of application questions that all applicants will be required to answer. Click here to view an outline of the application questions. Faculty may also elect to add an additional question specific to their apprenticeship. If there are additional questions, they will be noted in the apprenticeship descriptions.
I’m minoring in a social sciences, humanities, or arts field, am I still eligible to apply?
How will stipends be disbursed?
Can I take summer classes or hold a job/internship while completing the research apprenticeship?
How many hours will I be expected to work each week?
Can I keep working on the project after the summer?
I’m already working with a faculty mentor in a social science, humanities, or arts discipline; can I apply for this to fund my summer research with my faculty mentor?
Who should I contact with questions about the SHARE Virtual Summer Apprenticeships?
No, eligibility does not extend to students who are minoring in a social sciences, humanities, or arts discipline; you must be majoring or pre-majoring in an eligible discipline.
Stipends are disbursed in two parts. The first half of the stipend is disbursed at the start of the summer. The second half is disbursed at the apprenticeship mid-point, following submission of a mid-point reflection. Disbursements will be processed through the Office of Student Financial Aid services and credited to the student’s fee bill. The Bursar’s office will refund the credit to the student.
The 90 hour apprenticeship commitment can leave room for students to engage in other activities over the summer. Applicants are encouraged to review the time commitment and work week preferences indicated by the faculty mentor in their position description to assure the other commitments will not conflict with the apprenticeship. Before accepting an apprenticeship, students are encouraged to discuss any prior commitments with faculty mentors to assure there are no conflicts.
The apprenticeship hours per week will vary based on the needs and preferences of the faculty mentor. Applicants are encouraged to review the time commitment and work week preferences indicated by the faculty mentor in their position description to assure their other commitments will not conflict with the apprenticeship. Before accepting an apprenticeship, students are encouraged to discuss any prior commitments with faculty mentors to assure there are no conflicts.
Once the 90 hour SHARE apprenticeship is complete, it will be at the discretion of the faculty mentor to determine if there are opportunities for the student to continue assisting with the project. We hope that these apprenticeships grow into longer-term engagement in research, whether it be through students continuing to work with their faculty mentor on the mentor’s research or through students pursing their own research projects.
The goal of this program is to foster new student-faculty connections and to provide students with little to no prior research experience an opportunity to get valuable exposure to the research process. As part of the award conditions, faculty mentors are asked to select a student they are not currently working with and/or have not previously worked with in a research capacity.
Questions about the SHARE Virtual Summer Apprenticeships should be directed to Melissa Berkey (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of Undergraduate Research.