Administered through UNLV’s Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO), the Spring Semester Research Experience (SSRE) offers eligible undergraduates in UNLV’s Title III AANAPISI (Part A), Title III AANAPISI (Part F), and NSF LSAMP projects the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The SSRE program, which lasts the entire Spring semester, consists of a series of training activities and assignments designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the process of scholarly inquiry in their specific disciplines, as well as develop and refine critical-thinking, academic-writing, and oral-presentation skills.

SSRE Participant Expectations

All SSRE participants are required to:

  1. Attend training activities and complete assignments outlined in the SSRE Program Handbook;
  2. Complete a one-page, structured abstract detailing the research conducted during the SSRE. The structured abstract must be approved by the student’s faculty mentor; and
  3. Prepare a research poster to be presented at a future UNLV undergraduate research symposium (e.g., at the next CAEO Undergraduate Research Symposium).

Each SSRE participant who satisfactorily completes the above requirements by CAEO-established deadlines receives a stipend of $2,000.

SSRE Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration to participate in the SSRE, applicants must:

  • Be active participants in UNLV’s Title III AANAPISI or NSF LSAMP project;
  • Have a cumulative postsecondary grade point average of 2.75 or higher; and
  • Be upperclassmen prior to start of SSRE.*
  • *Note: NSF LSAMP and Title III AANAPISI sophomores who are exceptionally well-prepared to conduct undergraduate research are also eligible.

SSRE Application Process

Persons who wish to be considered for participation in SSRE must submit a:

  1. Completed SSRE Application Form, signed by the student;
  2. Completed SSRE Research Agreement Form, signed by both the faculty mentor and the student; and
  3. Two-page, double-spaced essay describes the research project that the student will conduct during SSRE, specifies the mentor who will supervise the project, and explains how completion of the project will help the student achieve his or her academic goals.

The deadline for submitting application materials for the next SSRE is December 8, 2018. Application materials can be submitted to Matthew Della Sala (matthew.dellasala@unlv.edu) or to the front desk of SSC-A 301.