What is it? The Benefits of an Undergraduate Research Portfolio:
The exploration and invention of new ideas is at the heart of the university. The Undergraduate Research Portfolio encourages you to participate in research—and become part of this analytical and creative activity at UMass Boston. The Undergraduate Research Portfolio gives you the opportunity for high quality faculty/student intellectual exchange by helping you to learn about and participate in research in your field.
The Undergraduate Research Portfolio is also a flexible way to participate in research; you use your major’s coursework and research opportunities to craft a sequence of research experiences that works for you. The Undergraduate Research Portfolio is noted on your transcript and can offer you advantages on the job market and in the graduate school application process. The portfolio can be completed in one year or up to three years.
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How do I do it? The Requirements:
- Must have 30 Credits in residency or transfer to participate in the Undergraduate Research Portfolio.
- Attend a Program Orientation, run out of the CLA Dean’s Office. Register and receive the Undergraduate Research Portfolio Form to track participation.
- Complete a Research Methods Course or equivalent (as defined by your major), earning a grade of “B” or higher.
- Participate in a Research Experience (or mentored field experience) with a professor for credit through a Capstone, Independent Study, or Internship Course, earning a grade of “B” or higher. Complete and submit an Annotated Bibliography for this research. (Your major defines these research experiences; you can petition for undergraduate and graduate courses to count as research intensive.)
- Create a Research Portfolio with evidence of the following:
- Attendance at 2 or more research forums (faculty talks, colloquium, visiting speakers) on campus. Evidence of participation is your notes and a selfie at the event.
- Participate in a national, regional, on campus, or departmental research conference by giving a talk or a poster. Examples include UMass Amherst’s Undergraduate Research Conference or a departmental Research Day.
- Completion of the CITI Training program online (https://www.citiprogram.org/) for your major.
- A written research statement, annotated bibliography, and reflection statement, accompanying your submission of the completed Undergraduate Research Portfolio Form.
The McNair Program at UMass Boston has been funded for the next five years. The new application includes STEM students and faculty from CLA. The Mission of the Ronald E. McNair Program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds- especially from underrepresented academic groups- to excel at the undergraduate level and progress toward doctoral degrees to undertake careers in college and university teaching. Participants prepare for graduate school by attending seminars, advising sessions, and completion of a faculty-mentored research project. Benefits include travel opportunities, a research stipend, partial tuition assistance, and intensive during the graduate school application process. The McNair Program at UMass Boston has been funded continuously by the U.S. Dept of Education for over thirty years with thirty-four of its McNair Scholars going on to receive PhDs at universities. Please let us know if you know of any talented students who might fit the requirements of the program and we will contact them about opportunities in education and research.
In addition, if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for McNair Scholar please let us know. We try to connect scholars with faculty mentors for training in research opportunities in their research specialties. We assist research investigations by providing support for necessary laboratory supplies needed for research investigations. Please, let us know if you have any questions about the program or selection of students as McNair Scholars.
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The University bestows three separate honors designations for scholastic excellence reflected in the cumulative average:
Summa cum laude- Students must maintain a GPA of 3.75 or above
Magna cum laude- Students must maintain a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 inclusive
Cum laude- Students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 to 3.49 inclusive
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