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Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program

Frequently Asked Questions


Eligibility

  1. Our institution awards more than 10 masters level degrees each year in Biology and Chemistry, are we still eligible to submit a proposal?
    If the average number of masters degrees awarded over a five year period exceeds 10 for biology and chemistry combined, then your institution does not meet the eligibility requirements.
      
  2. Our institution does not grant graduate degrees. Are we still eligible?
    Yes.
      
  3. My department does not have an ACS-approved chemistry program. however, I am confident that our program is as rigorous as any other institution's program. Can we still apply?
    No.
      
  4. Does the number of graduate degrees conferred annually include both Masters and PhDs?
    Yes.
      
  5. Does the absence of a formal Department of Biology preclude us from submitting?
    Yes.


Departmental Profiles

  1. In the application, there are tables for entering a profile for the chemistry and the biology departments. Since the “total undergraduate enrollment” is for the entire university, should this number be the same for each department?
    No. It is the number of declared majors within each department
      
  2. In the application, under the heading "full time regular faculty"do we include only tenure track faculty?
    You should include all full-time faculty members, whether they are tenure track or not.


Nature of Proposed Projects

  1. Does a project have to be co-sponsored by one biology professor and one chemistry professor? Or could a project be sponsored by one professor whose work is at the interdisciplinary edges of the two departments?
    A project can be sponsored by a single professor as long as the project is interdisciplinary.
      
  2. Do we need to have one all-encompassing project to which everyone involved contributes or can we propose separate projects that converge on a similar theme?
    Your proposal can be for multiple small projects or for a single large project. Just be sure they are realistic for the time available to execute and have results with undergraduates.
      
  3. Do the research projects need to be related to one another or can they be independent research projects?
    Either is acceptable. Be sure that they are reasonable projects to be performed with undergraduates.
      
  4. Can we include faculty from outside the biology and chemistry departments In our proposal such as computer science or math for a bioinformatics project?
    Yes, as long as both the biology and chemistry departments are involved.

If you have further questions or require additional information, contact the program representative at Merck@AAAS.org.

Deadline for Receipt: 5:00pm, Friday, 3 November 2006