Who is eligible?
Students who are attending a university or college in the state of Louisiana, except LSU Baton Rouge and Tulane students.
Students who are not graduating between January through August of 2017.
What are the program dates?
The 2017 Program will run from tentatively May 22 – July 28, 2017 for Undergraduate and Graduate student participants.
Dates for Faculty participants may be flexible, need to be stated in your proposal application.
Due to the limited availability of housing during the summer, adjustments cannot be made to the start and end dates of the program to accommodate students with other scheduling conflicts.
Am I required to be on the LSU campus (or other research facility) for the full term?
What hours do I work?
Can I live off campus?
Yes, you may live anywhere you would like; however, our program can only pay for housing within the proscribed Campus Apartments or Dorms for students working at one of our approved mentoring institutions per the application.
If you reside in the same city as the mentoring institution; for students who currently live at home or already have an apartment in the mentoring city, please stay there and we cannot reimburse rents.
May I take classes or have another job during the summer program?
From whom should I solicit Letters of Recommendation?
How do I choose a mentor professor and a project?
You are ultimately responsible for choosing your mentor and project. You will need to contact faculty members directly to ask about working with them. If you have any questions, please contact the LBRN office by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a prospective mentor list for Undergraduate, Graduate and Faculty Researchers listed under: Summer Research Mentors, that page is also for those Faculty at research institutions who wish to mentor students. The list gets updated frequently through the end of year as we refresh the list, mentors have to sign back up each year so the list is current.
When the mentor confirms to mentor you for the summer, this does not guarantee you being selected for the program, only available slot in his/her lab.
What type of training will I receive?
An individual research project will be assigned to you by your mentor (Undergraduates).
Training on and first-hand use of state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation will be provided.
Group instruction will also be provided in general research issues and practices such as scientific ethics, chemical and radiation safety, laboratory notebook keeping, print and on-line scientific literature searches, presentation of research results, and scientific writing.
What are some of the activities planned for the program?
A welcome dinner
Tours to research facilities
A softball game and lunch
Weekly seminars by program mentors
A seminar presented by a representative of LSU Graduate School on tips and strategies for selecting and applying to Graduate Schools”
What kind of financial support does the program provide?
Undergraduate students will earn up to $4,000 for the whole summer.
Graduate students will earn up to $6,000 for the whole summer.
Faculty will depend on your proposed budget, which cannot exceed $19,000 total cost.
How can I get an application and what is the deadline?
Applications are available online.
The application deadline is Wednesday, February 10, 2017.
Is housing available?
The LBRN office can arrange for participants to stay at the LSU Campus Apartments if necessary. At these units you will live with other students (same gender) from one of our summer research programs. This is subject to change pending LSU Residential Housing arrangements.
The cost of housing will be covered by the LBRN Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
For students planning to do research outside of LSU campus, such as LSUHSC in New Orleans or Shreveport, Tulane Medical Center and Tulane National Primate Research Center housing will be arranged as long as you do not already live in the same city as these institutions. For additional information contact the LBRN office by email to LBRN@lsu.edu.
Where does the program take place?
Students are placed in LSU faculty laboratories.
Summer research opportunities may also be available at LSU Pennington Biomedical Research, LSUHSC in New Orleans or Shreveport, Tulane Medical Center and Tulane National Primate Research Center. For more information, contact the LBRN office by email to LBRN@lsu.edu.
Why should I apply to the Program?
To gain valuable research experience.
To prepare for a research career in the biomedical sciences.
To learn about opportunities available at the end of your undergraduate education.
To earn money over the summer.
How can I check the status of my application?
When and how will I be notified of my acceptance into the LBRN program?
Are meals provided during the summer?
The program does not offer a summer meal program; students will have the use of a kitchen and will be responsible for their own groceries and meals.
LSU does have some meal programs for the summer that you can purchase.
Can personal vehicles be parked on the campus and is there a charge for parking?