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The laboratory portion of SMART is research-based, which allows students to engage in discovery-based learning beginning in their first semester at UR. Summer fellowships are available for students who have completed SMART to work in a mentored research program the summer following their SMART experience. In addition, students may continue research during the academic year, either on a volunteer basis, or for credit.  

Summer Research Experience

Students participating in the SMART program will receive stipend support to conduct research during the following summer. Students will work with a faculty mentor of their choosing on a highly mentored research project. Summer housing on campus, funds for research supplies, and grants for travel to professional conferences are provided as well. This opportunity is made possible by a $1.4 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Although funding is provided for the first summer of research for SMART participants, students are encouraged to continue conducting research throughout their undergraduate experiences.  The School of Arts & Sciences has established a large undergraduate research program where students may apply for funding to assist in defraying the costs of conducting research and disseminating its results to the scholarly community. Additionally, the University has several external funding sources, including the Beckman Scholars Program.