Summer Transitions Program for Community College Students

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The UNT Summer Transitions Programs for Community College Students will provide opportunities for future transfer students to build skills that prepare them for succes in Biology or Biochemistry at the university level.  With the grant from HHMI, UNT has partnered with Brookhaven college, Eastfield College, El Centro College, and Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District to recruit motivated community college students who intend to transfer to a university to major in Biology or Biochemistry. Students from other community colleges are also welcome to apply.

 The Transitions Summer Workshop (TSW)  targets 16 community college students at the end of their first year of college.  During this workshop, participants will learn academic success skills and participate in an introduction to research methods at the university level. Transitions Summer Research Experience (TSRE), which provide a 10 community college students who are completing their second year of college science coursework with the opportunity to perform university level research under the mentorship of a UNT researcher. 

The program will be held on the UNT campus in Denton. Students will receive a $1,500 stipend for their participation,  The experience is 5 weeks long, and will begin in June each summer.

  • In the academic year following TSW, students will be invited to attend 4 workshops or seminars and receive $100 stipend for attending each event.
  • What does the Transitions Summer Research Experience provide for students?

    • TSRE provides the opportunity to perform undergraduate research under a UNT research mentor
    • Stipend for research supplies. 
    • Stipend for living expenses will be provided for room and board.
    • $1,500 stipend for students.

    Who should apply for the Transitions Summer Research Experience?

    • Community college students who are completing their sophomore year of college, who are in second year science courses, and intend to transfer to major in Biology or Biochemistry at the university level.
    • Only 10 students will be selected to participate each summer.  Preference will be given to students who have previously participated in the Transitions Summer Workshop and to those who submit their applications before the priority deadline of February 28th.


    • Applications for the Transitions Summer Workshop are available for download as a Word file or as PDF file
    • The priority deadline for TSW is February 28, 2015

    Contact the UNT-HHMI Program Office

    Program Coordinator:


    Phone: (940) 369-7261

    Office: Life Sciences A205

    Program Director: Dr. Lee Hughes

    Office: Life Sciences A205

    Mailing Address:                     University of North Texas

                                                    UNT-HHMI Program Office

                                                    Department of Biological Sciences

                                                    1155 Union circle #305220

                                                    Denton, TX 76201-5017

    Howards Hughes Medical Institute letters.