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Frances Velay Women and Science Research Fellowship Program 


*View videos - Velay Fellows - Summer 2022



Application Deadline:
March 11, 2022

Dates: 
May 31 - August 5, 2022

Description: 
The Frances Velay Women and Science Research Fellowship program supports a faculty-mentored summer research experience for women undergraduate students in the following STEM areas: Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Sciences, Engineering Chemistry, Geology, and/or Physics. Students with demonstrated need (e.g. Pell-eligible students), first-generation college students, and/or underrepresented women considering STEM careers, are particularly encouraged to apply. 

A major feature of the program is the opportunity for women undergraduate researchers to participate in professional development workshops/events that will advance their academic and/or professional careers in the sciences, including a Women in STEM Career Panel  and a Velay Fellows luncheon.  At the end of the ten-week period, the Velay Fellows will prepare abstracts of their work, present at the closing poster symposium, and produce a YouTube video segment showcasing their research experience.

The Frances Velay Women and Science Research Fellowship program at Stony Brook is administered by URECA in collaboration with Dr. Maria Nagan (Department of Chemistry; Associate Dean for Curriculum, College of Arts and Sciences.) Advisory Board:  Dr. Peter Gergen (Undergraduate Biology Director, Biochemistry & Cell Biology), Dr. Navid Vafaei-Najafabadi (Physics & Astronomy), and Dr. E. Troy Rasbury (Geosciences).

Award: 
Program participants receive a  $5,100 stipend.

Eligibility: 

The Frances Velay Women and Science Fellowship program is open to current Stony Brook women undergraduates who are US citizens and/or permanent residents, are committed to doing research full-time in a STEM field for 10 weeks in the summer under the supervision of a faculty mentor, and  are  pursuing majors and proposing research in the following eligible areas:  Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Sciences, Engineering Chemistry, Geology, and/or Physics.  Please note that seniors graduating in May/August 2022 are not eligible to apply. A GPA of 3.0 and or above is recommended. 

Applicants should identify a faculty mentor who has agreed to supervise the project; and should provide a brief description of the proposed research project ( up to 300 words). Students who are just starting research in a STEM area are encouraged to apply! 

Note on selection process: The personal statement will be weighted more heavily than the research description (which briefly summarizes the  proposed research project, in up to 300 words). 

History: 
This program was established at SBU in Summer 2022 with the support of the Panaphil Foundation.

Current Fellows: TBA 

Application/Form: 
The application consists of the following: 

All application materials should be submitted by March 11th.