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Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP)
The goal of the Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) is to ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in science, including college and university faculty who have the responsibility to develop the next generation of scientists. The EXROP Program links the resources of HHMI's Science and Science Education departments to provide bright, motivated undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds and groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences with outstanding summer research experiences. HHMI continues to work with EXROP students after their summer study programs to encourage them to pursue careers in academic science.

Each year, approximately 125 scientists volunteer to mentor EXROP students in their labs during the summer.

In addition to doing laboratory research, the students attend two meetings at HHMI’s headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD, to present their research in a poster session.

The EXROP program is open to students who are from racial, ethnic, and other underrepresented groups in the sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students can only apply for the EXROP program after nominated by an HHMI professor, a director of an HHMI-funded undergraduate program at a college or university, or faculty contact at an active Science Education Alliance (SEA) school. Once accepted into the program, students are matched with HHMI scientists who have volunteered to provide mentored research experiences. EXROP students may be eligible for continued support in a second summer research experience in the same lab and in their doctoral education via HHMI's Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study.

Award

  • 10 weeks of full-time research in the lab of an HHMI scientist
  • $5,000 award
  • Participation in a local summer research program with other undergraduate researchers
  • Long-distance travel and housing arranged and paid for by HHMI

Program Outcomes

Since EXROP’s inception in 2003, 798 undergraduates from 160 colleges and universities have been matched with 214 HHMI investigators, professors, group leaders, and early career scientists. Of the 506 EXROP alumni who have earned a baccalaureate degree 228 went into graduate programs. 

Eligibility

Application to the program is by nomination only from an HHMI professor, a director of an HHMI-funded undergraduate program at a college or university, or faculty contact at an active Science Education Alliance (SEA) school.

2016 Program Announcement

Program Dates

Early September - Mid November
Eligible faculty nominate students

November 2, 2015
Application opens for nominated students

December 1, 2015
Student application deadline

January 22, 2016
Award notification - All award recipients will participate in an interactive online web information session on January 28 or 29

February 2, 2016
Deadline to accept/decline award

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