Science and Engineering Fellows Program Providing students from under-represented populations with interdisciplinary experience addressing real-world challenges


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Recognizing a need to foster the development of research skills in students from populations historically excluded from the Sciences and Engineering fields, the College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) and the College of Engineering (COE) partnered in 2012 to create the Science and Engineering Fellows Program for students.

Our goal is to have students leave the Science & Engineering Fellows Program more prepared to enter the job market with the professional skills and training needed to succeed. Students also help to advance the research of their faculty and staff mentors while gaining invaluable experience.

Who should apply?

Full time students interested in engaging in research who belong to populations historically excluded from science and engineering, and who are members of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences or the College of Engineering are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to rising sophomores (second year students) and juniors (third year students).

How to do I apply?

This year, we have developed a Common App that will allow you to submit 1 application to be considered for 3 fellowships: Science & Engineering, Coastal & Environmental Fellows, and RI-INBRE SURF. Complete this application by February 10, 2023.

When does the program start and how often do students work?

  • This is a 10-week fellowship that will start on May 22nd of 2023. Students will work individually or in a team with CELS or Engineering mentors for 30 hours per week. The mentors might be faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and or staff.
  • Fellows are expected to participate professional development trainings as well as team building exercises.
  • Fellows are paid hourly, and on-campus housing and meals are provided.
  • During the Fall semester, Fellows will enroll in a 2-credit course, EVS 366 “Communicating Environmental Research and Outreach.” The course culminates in the preparation of an academic poster celebration in December.
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