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 Summer Transitions Program for Community College Students is designed as a two tiered program. The Transitions Summer Workshop (TSW) is the first tier of the program, and will target 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. The second tier of the program is the Transitions Summer Research Experience (TSRE), which will provide 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.  Students who have completed the TSW are strongly encouraged to participate in the TSRE program the following summer.

Each of these programs will be held on the UNT campus in Denton. Students will receive a $1,500 stipend for their participation, as well as room and board or an additional stipend for living expenses. The experiences are 5 weeks long, and will begin in June each summer.

What does the Transitions Summer Workshop offer students?

  • Teaches techniques and skills needed to successfully transitions to a bachelors degree program in Biology or Biochemistry.
  • Teaches students an introduction to research methods.
  • Stipend for living expenses will be provided for room and board.
  • $1,500 stipend for students.
  • In the academic year following TSW, students will be invited to attend 4 workshops or seminars and receive $100 stipend for attending each event.

Who should apply for the Transitions Summer Workshop?

  • Community college students who are completing their freshman year of college and are interested in majoring in Biology or Biochemistry at the university level.
  • Only 16 students will be able to participate, so preference will be given to students who have submitted their application before the priority deadline of February 28th.

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.
  • For those students who continue their research project after transferring to UNT, another stipend for supplies will be available to their mentor during their first academic year at UNT.

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

  • Applications for the Transitions Summer Workshop are available for download as a Word file or as PDF file
  • Applications for the Transitions Summer Research Experience are available as a Word file or as a PDF file
  • The priority deadline for both programs is February 28, 2014

Contact the UNT-HHMI Program Office

Program Coordinator: Denece Gerlach

Email: hhmi@unt.edu

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.