Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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STARS undergraduate research program provides opportunities for students to carry out independent research projects under the guidance of NSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology faculty research advisor. Students learn the latest methodologies in research while improving observation and communication skills. Through meetings with noted scientists, the STARS program promotes awareness of the diversity of research areas. The STARS program also conducts workshops and field trips that provide information and career guidance about research and other types of science professions in academia, government, and the private sector. STARS is intended for students with a genuine desire to pursue careers in biology, computer science, computer technology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, or physics. The following research programs are collabarative partners:

Research Program Parnters

Science and Technology Academicians on the Road to Success (STARS) - This undergraduate research program provides opportunities for students to carry out independent research projects with the guidance of NSU Science and Technology faculty. Students learn the latest methodologies in research while improving observation and communication skills. Through meetings with great scientists, the STARS program promotes awareness of the diversity of research areas. The STARS program also conducts workshops and field trips that provide information and career guidance about research and other types of science professions in academia, government, and the private sector. STARS is intended for students with a genuine desire to pursue careers in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, or technology. The following programs are combined under the STARS Program:

Center for Materials Research (CMR) - The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program at the Center for Materials Research, Norfolk State University, offers you a unique opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research projects sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Defense (DOD). As a participant, you will work on research problems of fundamental and practical importance in nanomaterials, photonics, and spin electronics. You may choose to work with random medium lasers, photovoltaic polymers, transparent gain ceramics, optical composites, or spin-polarized transport phenomena. These materials and phenomena have applications in new generation computers, efficient conversion of sunlight into electricity, expansion of lasers applications, and improvement of optical communications.

DOD & DOE Cybersecurity Summer Internship - The students are hosted by the Center of Excellence in Cyber Security at NSU. They are supported with funding from two different projects: DOD (Department of Defense) Cyber Security, and DOE (Department of Energy)/NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration). The Center of Excellence in Cyber Security at NSU is sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD) through a cooperative agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory. The Center is led by NSU and includes two additional academic partners: Old Dominion University/Virginia Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Center (VMASC) and Tennessee State University. The main objective of the Center is to conduct basic research in developing a cloud-based, big-data-analytics-capable Cyber Analysis, Simulation and Experimentation Environment to enhance situational awareness and decision support capabilities for cyber defense and cyber training.

Washington, Baltimore, Hampton Roads-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (WBHR-LSAMP) - The Washington, Baltimore, Hampton Roads Louis Stokes (WBHR-LSAMP) is an alliance of seven historically black colleges and universities (Bowie, Hampton, Howard, Morgan State, Norfolk, State, University of the District of Columbia, and Virginia State). The WBHR-LSAMP focuses on increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who are involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research during the academic year and during the summer. Participation in the WBHR-LSAMP program provides you with a stipend as you conduct research with a mentor. You will receive training in research methodology while gaining on-the-job experience during the academic year. As an AMP student, you will be required to participate in seminars and conferences and to present posters and oral presentations on the research with which they are involved at local symposiums and/or at national meetings across the United States. You will become acquainted with the current research in the United States and around the world. Also, you will acquire AMP experience that is necessary to qualify for the Bridge to the Doctorate program, a program that provides stipend and tuition support for students intent on obtaining a Ph.D. in the STEM area.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Requirements for participating in the STARS Research Programs at NSU:

  • Student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Student must provide proof of citizenship at the time of application.
  • Student must be a at least a first semester sophomore, with a major in one of the STEM disciplines
  • Student must obtain and provide 2 positive recommendations from a STEM faculty member.
  • Student must obtain and provide a faculty research mentor application from the faculty mentor who will advise the student on research.
  • Students will be interviewed by the AMP coordinator and/or the AMP Executive Director.
Students will be assessed based on application receipt dates with the GPA, quality of recommendations and interview results taken into consideration.
*Students applying to DOD & DOE Cybersecurity Summer Internship please see Department of Computer Science, RTC room 320, 757-823-9454 for program requirements.*

How do I become a part of the program?

The STARS Office
Nursing and General Education Building, Suite 307
(757) 823-2891