At this year's Mountain Lion Research day, the new members of the Undergraduate Research Academy (URA) were introduced to the campus. These undergraduate students will have a special opportunity to work with their faculty advisors on real life research projects. During the academic year, each student will spend approximately ten hours a week on their research project, and thirty hours a week during the summer. When funding allows, they will be paid for their work on the project.
Not only will the students engage in active research, they will also have opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge. Next year's Mountain Lion Research day will feature posters from the URA students, and monthly seminars will be held for students to make presentations about their research. To be considered for URA membership, students must apply during their sophomore or junior year, have a faculty mentor, and have an honors GPA.