SHARE Virtual Summer Apprenticeships

Program Overview
Student Apprentice Eligibility and Award Terms
Program Timeline
Apprenticeship Descriptions
Submit an Application
FAQs


Program Overview

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.


Student Apprentice Eligibility and Award Terms

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 (this includes spring 2021) at UConn.
  • 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.

Award Terms:

  • 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 monthly reflection and to submit an end-of-summer reflection to the Office of Undergraduate Research no later than August 27, 2021.
  • Apprentices agree to present at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition the fall or spring following the apprenticeship.

Program Timeline

  • March 5, 2021 – Deadline for faculty to submit an apprenticeship description
  • March 10, 2021 – Apprenticeship descriptions are posted on the SHARE Virtual Summer Apprenticeship program website and applications open to students
  • March 26, 2021 – Deadline for students to apply for apprenticeships
  • March 29-April 9, 2021 – Faculty review applications and interview selected candidates
  • April 12, 2021 – Faculty provide OUR with a ranking of top applicants
  • April 14, 2021 – OUR extends offers to student apprentices
  • April 26, 2021 – Deadline for students to accept research apprenticeship offers
  • May 10, 2021 – Apprentices can begin project work
  • Early-to-mid July – Apprentices complete mid-project reflections
  • August 27, 2021 – Apprentice final reflections and faculty assessments are due

Apprenticeship Descriptions

Students can apply for a maximum of 2 positions. Please make sure to read the position description and application questions carefully.

Faculty Mentor Opportunity Link
Dr. Zehra Arat
Political Science
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Dr. Ruth Braunstein
Sociology
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Dr. Alaina Brenick
Human Development & Family Sciences
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Dr. Beth Ginsberg
Political Science
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Dr. Virginia Hettinger
Political Science
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Dr. Eva Lefkowitz
Human Development & Family Sciences
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Dr. Christin Munsch
Sociology
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Dr. Jeremy Pressman
Political Science
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Dr. Matthew Singer
Political Science
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Dr. Sandro Steinbach
Agricultural & Resource Economics
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Dr. Fiona Vernal
History and Africana Studies
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Submit an Application

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 above.

You can begin working on your application as soon as the application opens on March 10, 2021. Applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59pm on March 26, 2021.


FAQs

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?

I’m minoring in a social sciences, humanities, or arts field, am I still eligible to apply?

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.

How will stipends be disbursed?

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 progress report that outlines the activities an apprentice has engaged in and the hours of work completed. 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.

Can I take summer classes or hold a job/internship while completing the research apprenticeship?

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.

How many hours will I be expected to work each week?

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.

Can I keep working on the project after the summer?

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.

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?

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.

Who should I contact with questions about the SHARE Virtual Summer Apprenticeships?

Questions about the SHARE Virtual Summer Apprenticeships should be directed to Melissa Berkey (melissa.berkey@uconn.edu) in the Office of Undergraduate Research.