Furman Integrative Research

Opportunities for Summer Research Support for Faculty and Students

There are multiple opportunities for summer support in mentoring undergraduate research students facilitated through several different award mechanisms currently administered through the Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences.  A brief description of each program is provided below for your convenience, and additional application materials are below as you have interest.

NSF-RII Summer Faculty Fellowships

Opportunities are available for 6 Furman faculty members to receive summer support from the National Science Foundation through South Carolina's NSF Research Infrastructure and Improvement (RII) award for research generally supportive of the state's emphasis on biofabrication.The South Carolina theme is specifically devoted to the eventual development of vascularized artificial organs using stem cells harvested from adipose (fat) tissue.At Furman, any supportive research activity would be considered appropriate for consideration, whether in the area of computer modeling, instrumental measurements developed for in vivo or biological environments, materials science with biological applications, human development, ethics associated with the implications of artificial organs, stem cell use, etc.  Six $11,000 awards are available for the summer of 2014 that include:

  • $6,000 faculty summer salary (10 week research commitment)
  • $4,500 student summer stipend (with emphasis on supporting underrepresented minority (URM) students from Furman or other South Carolina HBCU campuses)
  • $2,000 supplies funding

Applicants must submit a 3-page research description and abbreviated CV, and be willing to mentor at least one URM undergraduate student from Furman or other SC institution.Faculty with research interests in any relevant area supportive of the NSF-RII effort are encouraged to apply (see attached application).Please contact Dr. Wheeler with questions regarding the appropriateness of a particular research topic to the SC theme; the intent is to be as inclusive and broad in supporting this theme as possible at the PUI campuses.

NIH-INBRE Summer Matching Fellowships

As a matching component to our NIH-INBRE renewal, 2 Furman faculty conducting work in biomedical research (i.e., research generally supported by institutes within the National Institutes of Health or other health/medically-related work) will be provided with summer research fellowships in the amount of $17,500 each which includes:

  • $11,000 faculty summer salary (10 week research commitment)
  • $4,000 student summer stipend
  • $3,500 supplies funding

Applicants must submit a 6-page (max) research proposal and NIH Biosketch for external review/evaluation.  More detailed application instructions are provided on the attached application; please contact Dr. Wheeler with any questions.

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