Applications Being Accepted for The Next STEP 2006 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

The Next STEP program is now accepting applications for its 2006 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. In it’s second year, the program is looking for 15-20 students majoring in any science or mathematics and computer science field who are interested in spending the summer doing research. Participants will receive a $3,200 stipend, housing and meals on campus, three credit hours of research, funds for supplies, and funding to travel to a conference to present their work. Opportunities are available both on Truman’s campus as well as a variety of research institutions and industries throughout Missouri. A list of mentors, projects, and partner institutions is available on the program Web site. Applications are due Feb. 1 and can be completed online at

Last summer 20 undergraduate students who were selected through a competitive application process worked full-time for 10 weeks on a research project with one to two faculty mentors and attended weekly seminars on themes that support professional and academic development.  The students, from around Missouri and the nation, spent 10 weeks living on campus and performing full-time scholarly scientific and mathematical research. Selected for their talent and potential to become a professional scientist or mathematician, the students were enrolled at Truman State University, Moberly Area Community College, and Metropolitan Community Colleges (Penn Valley Campus). Students worked directly with their research mentor(s) to design, perform and interpret their research. The summer program culminated with a research symposium on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 where students presented their work to one another and to the community.
The Next STEP is an innovative program designed to enrich the undergraduate curriculum through meaningful student/faculty interactions. By promoting cultural and curriculum change, The Next STEP is working to increase the number of students who complete a baccalaureate degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and better prepare them for the future that lies ahead. The Next STEP is a collaborative effort between Truman and three Missouri community colleges: Metropolitan Community Colleges, Moberly Area Community College and St. Charles Community College. This program is made possible through a generous $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program. For more information about Truman’s The Next STEP program, see the program’s Web site at
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