Students who receive scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year must maintain the following scholarship requirements. If these requirements are not met, scholarships may be put on a probation status or terminated.
- Full-time enrollment at UNCP in one of the following majors: Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, or Chemistry.
- Must be a sophomore during the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Meet with their mentors monthly.
- Attend a Math-readiness summer mini-course. Recipients will be strongly encouraged to participate in a 2-week mini-course the summer before they enter the COMPASS program.
- Attend a number of science seminars, workshops for career development, talks by STEM professionals and site visits to companies and graduate schools, professional meetings.
- Attend tutoring and supplemental instruction when advised by their mentors.
Optional summer research/internship.
To apply for the COMPASS scholarship, please submit the following:
- Personal information form, including ethnicity, citizenship status, if you are a first generation student, and career plans.
- Copy of your transcript
- Current UNCP students: Unofficial UNCP transcript
- Current Community College students: Unofficial CC transcript.
- Personal Statement indicating why you are interested in the program, what makes you a good candidate, and why your family’s financial circumstances justify consideration for the S-STEM Scholarship. Essays should be typed, double-spaced, and approximately 500 words.
- 2 sealed letters of recommendation addressing your academic achievements, leadership experiences, and character.
- Financial Aid release form, allows Financial Aid Office of UNCP to provide the results of your financial need analysis to the COMPASS scholarship committee for the purpose of consideration for this scholarship.
- Confirmation of having filed your FAFSA application.
This year's application period is closed. The application process for the cohort of 2015 is expected to open Spring 2015. Please, address your requests to Dr. Maria S. Santisteban at email@example.com, or by phone (910)775-4274.
Dr. Maria S. Santisteban
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Office address: Oxendine Science building, Room 2232
Postal address: One University Drive, PO Box 1510, Pembroke NC 28372-1510
Dr. Rebecca Bullard-Dillard
Dean, School of graduate studies and Research
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Office address: Lindsay Administration building, Room 124
Postal address: One University Drive, PO Box 1510, Pembroke NC 28372-1510
The main goal of the COMPASS Scholarship Program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is to attract academically talented, financially needy students, including underrepresented minorities (URM) and first generation students, as Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, and Chemistry majors and provide them financial assistance. The award will provide 27 students (3 cohorts of 9) with an average of $6000.00/year ($3000.00 per semester) from their sophomore year until graduation, all while preparing them for the STEM workforce or graduate/professional programs through intense mentoring and tutoring, research experience opportunities, internships, professional development, and career advising. In addition, each year, up to 4 students will each receive $2,100 of summer support if they opt to complete the optional research/internship component and the site chosen does not provide a paid internship or research experience.
The program was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to address the need to substantially increase the number of graduates in the STEM fields.
For information about this program, please contact:
Dr. Maria Santisteban, PI
Office address: Oxendine Science Building Room 2232
Some of the research internships links may have overlapping materials and information.
- Conservation Scholars Program: a multi-year conservation immersion program at the University of Washington. An 8-week, paid summer experience for freshmen and sophomores begins 23 June 2014. Deadline for applications is 31 January 2014
- Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences in Washington state. Pays a stipend for students to complete university coursework and to conduct supervised research (January 6 - June 12, 2015 with a spring break from March 21 - March 30, 2015) at the Shannon Point Marine Center. Deadline is Friday, 7 November 2014.
Deadline for applications is Friday, 9 November 2012.
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine and Coastal Barrier Ecology and Processes at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences. 10-week paid summer internships in North Carolina.
- Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences. 12-week paid summer internship in Charleston, South Carolina. (PDF poster)
- Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) grant program in the UNC system--specifically here at UNCP.
- Smithsonian Research Training Program. 10-week internships, typically 24 positions available.
- The Field Museum. 10-week interships
- North Carolina Biotechnology Center has research internships available at: www.ncbiotech.org/undergrad_biotech/
- The National Science Foundation has listings of numerous summer research opportunities, especially Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), across the country.
- U.S. Department of State for internships and job experiences.
- National Internship Clearninghouse. This is another "clearing house" for summer internships which lists numerous opportunities.
- RIT List of Internships. A comprehensive and up-to-date listing of PAID summer research opportunities.
- Summer Internships in Animal Behavior at Indiana University in Bloomington. Usually 10 weeks. Information and applications at:
- Summer Internships in Fungal Genomics at several sites in the U.S.
- Student Conservation Association. Internships and volunteer opportunities in our National Parks.
- The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) usually has some undergraduate summer fellowships.
- Environmental summer internships in Florida dealing with coastal ecology & engineering. For application & materials email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sciencejobs.com lists regular jobs and some internships/short-term jobs.
- Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. www.turpentinecreek.org
- University of WI at Madison has Summer research internships for junior-senior undergraduates in several areas. http://biology.wisc.edu/Undergraduates-GettingInvolvedBeyondtheClassroom-UndergraduateResearch-IntergratedBiologicalSciencesSummerResearchProgram.htm
- www.eco.org. You can post your resume here for potential internships.
- Guide to Graduate Programs in Animal Behavior in N. America is available at animalbehaviorsociety.
- Good information about graduate school is available on the web at 1) About.com Graduate School, 2) Thinking of Applying to Graduate School in Biology?, 3) How to go to Graduate School in Biology, and 4) A Primer On How To Apply To And Get Admitted To Graduate School In Ecology And Evolutionary Biology. How can you locate graduate schools in your field of interest? One way is simply doing subject searches on the internet. You can also do searches by way of the Graduate Guide website.
You can also get information from the UNCP School of Graduate Studies and Research. If you're interested in teaching at the community college level, consider the graduate program here in the Department of Biology.
Top photograph: Brandon Payton presents a research poster based on his summer internship. Lower photograph: Davon Goodwin and Justin Duncan experienced summer internships with the Student Conservation Association.
The UNCP RISE program was well represented at the annual conference of the North Carolina Academy of Science, which was held 28-29 March 2014 in Raleigh. Dr. Robert Poage, co-director of the RISE program, brought nine students to the conference, several of whom presented research posters. Armando Corona and Christopher Long won the Collegiate Academy's Derieux awards for their posters. Their research was conducted in Dr. Ben Bahr's Alzheimer's Disease Research Lab. Other RISE students in attendance were Alex Foster, Carlisha Hall, Robert Lamb, Sarah Ruiz, Jordan Smink, Marsalis Smith, and Caleb Stubbs.
Conference activities included plenary and keynote addresses, workshops, oral presentations (as well as poster presentations), and an awards banquet. UNCP Biology Department chair, Dr. David Zeigler, judged conference presentations, as did biology professor, Dr. Dennis McCracken. Also present were RISE co-director and chemistry professor Sally Vallabha and Drs. Claire Gordy and Conner Sanderfur, both of whom are teaching in the UNCP Biology Department while completing postdoctoral fellowships in the SPIRE program at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and its new Nature Research Center hosted the annual conference, which attracted some 350 people. "The North Carolina Academy of Science promotes public appreciation of science, science education, scientific research and a meaningful role for science in public policy."
RISE is the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) program designed to prepare undergraduate students to be the research scientists of the future. Students who wish to join the RISE program should contact Dr. Robert Poage or Prof. Sally Vallabha.
Dr. John Roe's Research is Featured in Southern Pines Newspaper
(article courtesy of Scott Bigelow)
Several students in Science Education participated in the Graduate Research Poster Presentation on Tuesday, 18 March 2014. Fred Booth, Corinne Jordan, Wynne Kelly, and David Wimert, all of whom are pursuing Master of Arts (MA) degrees in Science Education (UNCP), presented their research. The poster presentation was open to the public and ran from 5:30-7:30 PM in the University's Health Sciences Building.
David Wimert's poster ("The Relative Effects of Inquiry-Based and Commonplace Science on Middle School Students’ Alternative Concepts Regarding Conservation of Mass") was recognized by the judges as a contest winner. David's poster is slated to be presented again during the Graduate Research Day, which will be held in Raleigh, NC, on May 21st.
Dr. Rita Hagevik is the Director of Graduate Programs in Science Education. Click here to learn more about the graduate program in Science Education.
After two terms as Department Chair, Dr. David Zeigler will be stepping down from the position this June. Dr. Zeigler has managed the largest biology faculty in UNCP history and has ushered in several new faculty positions in the Department.
Taking time from a busy week of final exams, members of the Biology faculty and staff enjoyed a pot-luck luncheon to celebrate Dr. Zeigler's service to the Department. Dr. Velinda Woriax will be assuming the Chair's position this summer.
Dr. Zeigler will continue to teach in Department. Over the last five years, he has taught nine different courses, ranging from introductory to graduate level. This summer his third book is due to be published.