Undergraduate Research Fellows (UGF) Selection Process
The fellowship requires a commitment to scholarly activities. It is not just a summer job, but an excellent opportunity to learn and grow as a student researcher — it must be the main focus of your summer!
Applications for summer undergraduate research fellowships are due February 15. Applications are evaluated by the SD BRIN UGF Selection Committee made up of: SD BRIN Director Dr. Goodman, a representative from Augustana College, a representative from Black Hills State University, a representative from DWU, MMC or USF, and a representative from the USD Honors Program. Each committee member evaluates the applications individually and then the final selection is made at a group meeting at which all applications are discussed. It is the undergraduate fellows who are selected NOT the undergraduate fellow/mentor team. After the selection of the fellows, institutional representatives contact potential mentors and consult the mentor/location choices of the selected fellows in order to place fellows in a laboratory. Decisions and placements will be sent to the applicants around March 15.
Evaluation criteria used for selection of fellows:
The number of fellows to be selected each summer depends upon how many each partner institution can support from their SD BRIN or other funds. Some institutions will also be supporting undergraduate fellows for academic year research. All salary support is paid by the home institution to the fellows as is the $2000 to the laboratory of the mentor to purchase supplies.
Successful candidates will be required to complete a commitment agreement prior to the beginning of the fellowship. It spells out the commitment that we expect from a fellow in our program.