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Important update regarding summer 2020 OUR ReMatch+ internship appointments:

As we continue to monitor events related to the Coronavirus outbreak, your health and safety remain our priority. For this reason and out of an abundance of caution, OUR-sponsored research internships requiring on-campus occupancy this summer will not be going forward as previously planned; instead, we will be shifting our support to projects that can be done remotely from a student’s primary place of residence. We understand this news will come as a disappointment to many of you who were looking forward to in-person research experiences this summer.

Given these extraordinary circumstances, if you have been selected as an undergraduate research ReMatch+ intern, we want to give you time to consult with your research mentor and, if possible, revise your research plan to something that can be accomplished remotely from your primary place of residence. Please reach out to your mentor as soon as you are able

We recognize revising your research plan will be challenging; we encourage you to think creatively and exercise flexibility as you consider making adjustments during these uncertain times. Please note that in response to COVID-19, over five million books from Princeton University Library’s print collection are now available to all Princeton students; feel free to reach out to library staff for assistance on conducting research online. 

We ask that you complete the OUR Remote Internship Application for Summer 2020 form by 11:55 pm, Monday April 20, 2020 to receive full consideration for funding. In the course of reviewing your application, please note that we will contact your research mentor to confirm their endorsement. Projects with demonstrated remote feasibility and intentional plans for mentor-mentee communication will be given priority.

Participants will receive a $400 weekly stipend to cover living expenses from their primary place of residence for the eight-week duration of the program (from June 8 to July 31, 2020); students may request up to $500 for research-related expenses.  Please refer to the updated list of allowable expenses provided below.

Feel free to contact  our@princeton.edu with any questions or concerns about the funding process. 

Allowable expenses for summer of 2020:

  • Books (covered only when not available online through University library)
  • Database access costs
  • Payments to Human Subjects: departmental and IRB approval (link is external) required, no in-person interviews permitted
  • Software specific to your research project not available through your department
  • Off-campus laboratory data acquisition

Expenses not covered for summer 2020:

  • Domestic travel
  • Rental or use of vehicles
  • Purchase of local phone or SIM card
  • Consumable laboratory supplies

Program description - see above update regarding summer 2020

ReMatch+ is the culmination of the yearlong ReMatch program. Once mentor-mentee pairings are formalized in January, students may apply to take part in the ReMatch+ Summer Program.

For first and second year mentees, the program provides an opportunity to carry out a paid graduate- or postdoctoral-mentored research project over the summer.

For graduate and postdoctoral mentor participants, the program offers an opportunity to mentor an undergraduate student through a summer research internship.

Participants in the ReMatch+ and on-campus OURSIP programs come together weekly through the Summer Research Colloquium workshops and social events. SRC workshops focus on best practices in mentorship, communicating research (e.g., writing a research report, presenting research to a general audience), and contributing to a diverse research community. In addition, SRC hosts lunch faculty lectures to expose students to Princeton faculty members, their research, individual paths through academia and experiences with mentorship. At the end of the summer, SRC undergraduates present their summer research to peers, FSI scholars and affiliated faculty at a mini-academic conference.

    Program dates - see above update regarding summer 2020

    The program runs for eight weeks, from June 8 - July 31, 2020. Participants are expected to be on-campus Monday - Friday and attend the SRC weekly workshops through the end of the program.

    Eligibility

    • All enrolled Princeton first and second year students who have participated in at least one ReMatch event this academic year are eligible to apply.
    • All enrolled post-generals ReMatch graduate mentors and postdoctoral researchers who have participated in at least one program event this academic year are eligible to apply (exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis).

    Application

    Applications for the 2020 ReMatch+ Summer Program will be available in GPS starting Monday, January 6, 2020. Once you have identified your mentor/mentee, you should begin designing your summer research project as a pair. All projects require the support and endorsement of a faculty adviser.

    The application consists of three parts:
    (late and incomplete applications will not be considered)

    Part 1: Undergraduate mentee application due Monday, Feb 10, 2020 at 11:55 pm. The application includes a program questionnaire (i.e. research plan, budget (if applicable), statement of interest and statement of commitment to a diverse research community), college transcript and resume.  

    Part 2: Graduate and Postdoctoral mentor application due Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 at 11:55 pm. The application includes a program questionnaire (i.e. anticipated impact, reflections on proposed research plan and statement of commitment to a diverse research community), college transcript and resume.

    Part 3: Faculty adviser review and approval of mentee and mentor applications, due Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020.

    Attend application workshop on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (12 - 1:20 pm, Louis A. Simpson Building B60 's)

    ReMatch mentee-mentor pairs are strongly encouraged to sign up for this application workshop. Over a pizza lunch, pairings will be given a crash course in research proposal writing. By starting with your interests and motivations for your research project, this workshop will offer a step-by-step set of instructions for putting together a clear and effective research proposal.

     Please email us at our@princeton.edu if you have any questions or concerns regarding the application process.

    Stipend and other program support

    • Any internship award you receive from the Office of Undergraduate Research will be considered taxable income (under the IRS non-qualified fellowship and scholarship ruling). If you are an international student, please note that you will have federal taxes automatically withheld from your stipend check. You will be issued a Form 1042-S reporting this income and tax in mid-March next year to determine if a refund will be processed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). However, Princeton University is unable to guarantee that a full or partial refund will be granted by the IRS. More detailed information can be found on the Finance and Treasury website or you may reach out to the NON-RESIDENT TAX office at NTCR@princeton.edu.
    • ReMatch+ undergraduate participants will be provided on-campus housing and receive a stipend intended to cover meals and help offset miscellaneous expenses (must constitute a full-time commitment of at least 35 hours/week).
    • ReMatch+ graduate and postdoctoral participants will receive a $500 stipend supplement.
    • Research pairs will receive a research allowance (up to $500) to cover expenses such as small equipment and parts, consumable supplies, software, copying costs, books/journals when not available through the University, and travel for data acquisition or field experiments.
    • Upon completion of the project, pairs will be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend a research conference and present their work.

    Housing - see above update regarding summer 2020

    Undergraduate participants will live in campus housing.

    Important ReMatch+ dates - see above update regarding summer 2020

    • Mentee and mentor applications open in GPS: Monday, Jan 6, 2020
    • Application workshop for mentors and mentees: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    • Mentee application deadline: Monday, Feb 10, 2020 at 11:55 pm EST
    • Mentor application deadline (including review of mentee applications): Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 at 11:55 pm EST
    • Faculty adviser review and approval deadline: Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020
    • Funding decisions announced: Mar 3-6, 2020
    • Summer program: June 8 - July 31, 2020
    • SRC end of summer conference: July 29, 2020
    • Research summary statement and program survey deadline: Jul 29, 2020
    • Participation in program outreach panel: Fall 2020

    Selection process and awards - see above update regarding summer 2020

    ReMatch+ applications will be carefully evaluated based on the merit and feasibility of the proposed research project, relevance to the student’s academic course of study, commitment to a diverse research community, and strength of the faculty adviser letter of support. Selections will be announced during the first week of March.

    Program contacts

    Have a question? You might find an answer in the Mentees FAQs or Mentor FAQs pages.

    For undergraduate mentees: undergraduate.research@princeton.edu
    For graduate and postdoctoral mentors: cm3@princeton.edu

     

     

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