The Summer Training About Research Techniques (START) Program is designed for admitted incoming freshmen and rising sophomores STEM and Psychology majors who have demonstrated a desire to learn more about biomedical and/or behavioral research. Students will be placed into active research labs for six weeks. Students will receive a salary upon completion of 40 hours per week of laboratory training consisting of research, interwoven with instruction in the fundamentals of good research practices, techniques, critical thinking, and professional development.  Students will be required to present their research projects at the Summer Research Symposium.

Students have the option of staying on or off campus during the 6 week program.  The RISE Program cannot pay for housing expenses. Transportation expenses are reimbursed for one round trip between your home address and Spelman up to $300.00. Travel will only be paid to those students whose permanent addresses are more than fifty miles away from Spelman.  Please Note:  The enrollment deposit is required before you are allowed to participate in the RISE START Program.

Possible research laboratory locations:

Spelman College
Morehouse College
Morehouse School of Medicine
Georgia Tech
Emory University
Georgia State

Start Date: June 5, 2017
Stop Date: July 14, 2017

Salary: $3600.00 pre-taxed

Click Hear Sample >>>>> START 2015 Schedule


Spelman Student Application Due – February 28th

Incoming Freshmen Application Due – April 7th>>>Extended to April 14th due to site outage on April 6th


Invited Incoming Freshmen Interviews will take place during Spel-Bound


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