Expectations. Participants are required to engage in full-time research for the full period. Additional seminars, workshops, and meetings are part of the program and are mandatory for all participants.
Advisor matching. Assignments are made based on the interests of the student and availability of space in the requested research groups. Every effort is made to place accepted participants in their first choice of lab. Typically, assignments are set by early spring so that participants can read about their research projects in advance of arriving on campus.
Additional mentoring. Student participants will be assigned a graduate student mentor for the duration of the program. This mentor will provide a source of information about the department and the Durham, NC, area, a friendly face to help students meet others around the department, and an enthusiastic scientist with whom to discuss research ideas and that latest, greatest result.
Finances. Stipends fluctuate from year to year, and details will be provided with offers of admission.