Q: How long is the program?
A: UNLEASH is envisioned as a matching service to allow undergraduates to conduct research of their choice. The undergraduate commitment depends on if they are volunteering, getting paid, or working for semester credits. Most university departments require a minimum of a 10-hour per week commitment if research is done for credit. Other than this, it depends upon the project on which the undergraduate will work and what the mentor decides.
Q: What year should I apply for research through UNLEASH?
A: You are able to apply for research beginning your first. All undergraduates at UVa are welcome to apply to UNLEASH.
Q: When do students apply?
A: Students may apply at any time but should expect that they will have the greatest probability of matching with a mentor or research project at the beginning of the semester. However, there is no deadline! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and will be forwarded to professors immediately.
Q: What are the steps for UNLEASH students to receive credit for this research?
A: After students have been matched with a mentor, they can enroll for a research for credit class through their department, if it is offered. More information about selecting courses can be obtained from the department through which the student wants to do research for credit.
Q: Will there be funding opportunities available for UNLEASH?
A: UNLEASH does not have a budget to support undergraduate research. There are a variety of mechanisms that may provide funding for undergraduate research through the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Q: What happens to my application after submission?
A: If you elect to meet with UNLEASH Staff, your application will be reviewed and a meeting will be scheduled. If you elect to not receive coaching and advising, your application materials will be forwarded immediately to the faculty you selected.
UNLEASH Contact Information:
UNLEASH Undergraduate Research Program
2205 Fontaine Ave, Suite 305
Charlottesville, VA 22903