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Welcome to the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program at George Mason University.

The Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program pairs high achieving undergraduate students with faculty mentors to undertake original research or creative projects. It provides each apprentice with a $1,000 stipend for the semester or summer to enable them to undertake twelve hours of research-related activities each week and $100 to cover materials, such as posters, lab supplies, and equipment. A committee of four faculty members from diverse disciplines meets to review applications and select apprentices. Feedback is provided to non-selected applicants so that they can reapply for the following term.

Selected apprentices are required to attend three meetings each term, where they gain a greater understanding of academic life and professional issues. The first meeting focuses on effective strategies for presenting one’s research to general and discipline-specific audiences, participating in conferences, submitting research for publication, and applying to graduate and professional school. The second meeting covers designing and developing effective poster or multimedia presentations. Students offer their critiques of presentations. They also provide and receive feedback on resumes and abstracts. The third meeting focuses on the apprentices’ finished posters or multimedia presentations.

Spring 2012 URSP Application Now Available

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) is now accepting applications for the spring 2012 Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP), formerly known as the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program (UAP).  The URSP provides the opportunity for undergraduate students and their faculty mentors to engage in original research or creative projects with one another.  Accepted […]


Fall 2011 URSP (formerly UAP) Application is OPEN

The Fall 2011 Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP), formerly known as the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program (UAP) is open. Please note that the deadline has been extended to Monday, August 22, at 5:00pm. Please use the online application on this website to apply. To be eligible, you must: 1.Have completed at least 12 credits in the […]


Fall 2011 UAP Deadlines and Program Update

The Fall 2011 UAP application deadline will be Friday, August 12, 2011 at 5:00pm. The application will be available shortly.