Fellowship in the Natural Sciences

Undergraduate Research Experiences at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Fellowship in the Natural Sciences (FINS) provides research opportunities to students during their college careers. Students gain practical experience in modern scientific research techniques by pursuing answers to contemporary questions under the direction of a member of the natural sciences faculty. Faculty sponsors serve as mentors, role models, and advisors. Individual projects support the goals of a research program that is of high scientific merit yet are appropriate for undergraduate research. Successful applicants are encouraged to submit a proposal for graduation “With Research Honors” in the respective field of study.

FINS Research Fellows will:

  • receive a $4,000 student stipend for the ten (10) week period;
  • spend approximately forty (40) hours per week on their research or diabetes projects during the period of their fellowship;
  • present the findings of their research during Research Day

Successful student applicants will:

  • have completed at least one year of undergraduate science coursework;
  • be students in good standing at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise;
  • be highly motivated to participate in ongoing research projects and demonstrate the potential for success in scientific research and related experiences; and
  • have demonstrated a high degree of academic achievement.

To apply, submit the following materials to the Science Center Office

  • completed FINS application form (available in Science Center office or click for the Application Form)
  • statement describing your academic background, scientific interests, suitability for field or laboratory experiences, and past research experiences
  • statement explaining how the chosen fellowship experience will help you pursue your career goals
  • one official copy of your academic transcript
  • two letters of recommendation from professors who can assess your scientific and intellectual abilities, previous training and experience, and potential for a career in research (neither of which should be from the sponsoring professor)
  • a research proposal (maximum five pages for project description)

*Submit all materials electronically to rlw2j@uvawise.edu.