Are you a Johns Hopkins undergraduate with a big idea you want to explore? Or maybe you are a faculty member who wants to encourage students to pursue research opportunities? Either way, take note: Applications are being accepted now through midnight Oct. 15 for the fall cycle of the 2014-2015 Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards.
All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Nursing, and the Peabody Conservatory—regardless of their major—are encouraged to pursue a PURA fellowship for projects they'd like to pursue next summer or fall. Seniors may also apply if they will be available to participate in the mandatory poster session and recognition ceremony held the fourth Tuesday in April of the following academic year. Fellowship winners will be announced Nov. 1.
A second cycle of PURA applications will be accepted beginning Jan. 1, 2015, with an application deadline of Feb. 15. Winners for the spring application cycle will be announced March 3. (The deadlines for both the fall and spring applications remain the same from year to year.)
Each year, a few dozen students receive the awards and may choose from either a $2,500 grant or academic credit, according to Tracy Smith, the PURA program director.
Projects cover a variety of topics and cross multiple disciplines. The 2013 awardees included a double major in the Writing Seminars and Film and Media Studies who produced a short film about school violence; a computer science major who worked to make improvements to a brain surgeon's helmet-mounted camera that projects 4-D CT scan imagery onto special image-displaying glasses worn by the surgeon; and a nursing student's project to look at how phone calls between African immigrants in the U.S. and their family members back home could be used to relay important preventative health information.
Students with questions are welcome to contact Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.