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Summer Research Experience

Due to the evolving nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, these plans and programs are subject to change or cancellation at any time to reflect public health guidance and current conditions. Participants will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

 

Consider applying to be a paid summer intern for the Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center (DSSEC). Middle and high school STEM content teachers, high school students and SVSU undergraduate students are welcome to apply for an opportunity to participate in scientific research during the summer with SVSU faculty. SVSU faculty will be directing projects in the areas of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, engineering and geography; however, each project is closely aligned with the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute (SBESI). Funding is available for internship positions for up to 6 weeks (20-30 hours/week).

The summer internship typically occurs during SVSU's summer term, end of June to the beginning of August. 

 

Dow SSEC Timeline

  • Undergraduate student intern applications are to be sent to David Karpovich (dsk@svsu.edu) by April 30, 2021. Undergraduate intern selections will be contacted by May 21, 2021. Please check Handshake for application information.
  • High school student intern applications are to be sent to Adrianne Cole (acole@svsu.edu) by May 7, 2021. High school intern selections will be contacted by May 27, 2021.
  • Middle and High school teacher intern applications are to be sent to Adrianne Cole (acole@svsu.edu) by April 30, 2021. High school teacher intern selections will be contacted by May 21, 2021.

 

Save the Date for All Researchers

  • Summer internship program orientation day - June 28, 2021
  • Dow SSEC Poster Symposium - August 5, 2021
  • Dow SSEC project reflection paper/report due - August 5, 2021

 

Application Information

 

To be considered for a summer internship position, current 9th – 11th grade students must complete the online application form and submit their cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation to Adrianne Cole, acole@svsu.edu, by May 7, 2021. More information can be found in the following PDF document.

HS Students DSSEC Application 2021 (204KB)

 

To be considered for a position, middle and high school STEM teachers must complete the online application form and submit their cover letter and resume as well as contact information for two references to Adrianne Cole, acole@svsu.edu by April 30, 2021. More information can be found in the following PDF document.

Teacher DSSEC Application 2021 (205KB)

 

SVSU undergraduate students should provide a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of recommendation from a professor to the advertised student job posting # 4691709 on Handshake (https://www.svsu.edu/careerservices/handshake-onlinejobdatabase/students/) no later than April 30, 2021. More information can be found in the following PDF document.

Undergrad DSSEC Application 2021 (206KB)  

 

 

What is the time commitment?

The program runs Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday from June 28 – August 5, 2021. Typical hours are approximately 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, although actual hours may vary slightly depending on each day’s activities. You should plan to be available for every day of the program unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please Note: Independence Day will be observed by SVSU on July 5th. Therefore, research groups will work that Thursday – Friday, July 6 – 9th.

What is an internship?

The DSSEC internship is a real summer job! You will have set hours and a lunch break each day, and you will be paid. As such, you are expected to behave responsibly and comply with DSSEC policies regarding safety, cell phones, etc. Furthermore, you are asked to communicate with your faculty mentor if you will be absent.

What will I do?

You will be a research assistant assigned to a faculty mentor. Your day to day activities may vary somewhat depending on the project, but you can anticipate a combination of collecting water and/or plant samples or other field work, processing and analyzing data, computer work, and communicating your results with others. Some projects involve a lot of outdoor work, while others take place mainly in a laboratory, so it is important that you include your preference in your application so that we can attempt to place you in the group best suited for your interests.

Who will I work with?

Approximately 40 people will be involved with the program. The participants are broken up into groups that each contain an SVSU faculty member, 2 local middle- and high-school STEM teachers, 2 SVSU undergraduate students, and 4 high school students. It is possible but unlikely that the teachers or other students in your group will be from your school.  You will spend the majority of the time in your group described above, but there are also activities that bring all groups and participants together (dependent on Covid-19 protocols and regulations).

Do I need to provide my own transportation?

Yes, you must have reliable transportation to and from SVSU each day. However, if your project involves field work during the day, transportation to and from the field site will be provided.

What is the time commitment?

The program runs Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday from June 28 – August 5, 2021. Typical hours are approximately 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, although actual hours may vary slightly depending on each day’s activities. You are strongly encouraged to avoid being absent during the program. Please Note: Independence Day will be observed by SVSU on July 5th. Therefore, research groups will work that Thursday – Friday, July 6 – 9th.

Who will I work with?

Approximately 40 people will be involved with the program. The participants are broken up into groups that each contain an SVSU faculty member, 2 local middle- and high-school STEM teachers, 2 SVSU undergraduate students, and 4 high school students. It is possible but unlikely that the other teacher or students in your group will be from your school.  You will spend the majority of the time in your group described above, but there are also activities that bring all groups and participants together (dependent on Covid-19 protocols and regulations).

What is the time commitment?

The program runs Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday from June 28 – August 5. Typical hours are approximately 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, although actual hours may vary slightly depending on each day’s activities. You are strongly encouraged to avoid being absent during the program. Please Note: Independence Day will be observed by SVSU on July 5th. Therefore, research groups will work that Thursday – Friday, July 6 – 9th.

Additionally, you may have the opportunity to do some prep work for your faculty mentor during the last two weeks of June preceding the start of the internship. Working with your faculty mentor to arrange availability, you may be scheduled to work up to 15 hours per week from June 14 – June 25.

Do I need to provide my own transportation?

Yes, you must have reliable transportation to and from SVSU each day. However, if your project involves field work during the day, transportation to and from the field site will be provided (dependent on Covid-19 protocols and regulations).

Past Projects

Check out our past research projects here.

Contact Us

Dr. David Karpovich

Director, Dow SSEC

dsk@svsu.edu

(989) 964-4349

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