The 10-week program begins after Memorial Day and has slots for 8-10 students. Fellows will be housed together on the university campus and work at their research site 4 days a week. Each Friday, they will come together to share experiences, participate in research enrichment activities and interact with other faculty and graduate students. Field trips to the community sites and to local farms, food industries and research locations will provide further experiential research exposure. Other UConn summer research programs run concurrently and students are housed together in the same dormitory, providing rich opportunities for interaction. While staying on campus is highly recommended, alternative arrangements are possible for students who have obligations that prevent them from doing so.
Student fellows will receive a $3,500 stipend for the 10-week experience. Housing in a UConn dormitory and a meal plan are also included.
Bridging the Gap targets students interested in the scientific study of food and nutrition who have had limited opportunities to engage in research. Connecticut community college students are particularly invited to apply. Applications from UConn and other 2- and 4-year institution within CT (in any science-related disciplines) who come from groups underrepresented in the higher education including: racial and ethnic minorities (Black/African-American, Latino, Native American), economically disadvantaged (low income), and first-generation college students are also encouraged. Preference will be given to students in their first two years of undergraduate study. Participants need to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.