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Fellowship Dates: June 1, 2021 - August 6, 2021
Application Opens: Monday, December 7, 2020
Application Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021
Recommendation Deadline: March 1, 2021
Acceptance Notification: will begin on Friday, March 12, 2021
Mandatory Orientation: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Stipend: Research fellows receive a $4,000- $5,000 stipend for their full-time participation in the program (approximately 400 hours total)
"Explore your Future Career while Discovering the World of Research"
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor offers a 10 week paid State-Wide Summer Research Fellowship for currently enrolled Michigan community college students who are interested in transferring to U-M, Ann Arbor, or any other institution in the future. The fellowship runs from Tuesday, June 1, 2021- Friday, August 6, 2021.
Research projects are available in ALL fields including:
- Social Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Natural Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
The program seeks to attract a diverse student population, including women and historically underrepresented students, first generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and veterans.
Participating in CCSFP will:
- Build a close working student-mentor relationships with UM Faculty and research scholars.
- Connect with representatives from UM Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Advising and learn about Transfer Procedures and Strategies.
- Gain familiarity with the University of Michigan Campus Resources and Programs.
- Develop students' Professional and Transferable Skills in their field of Study or major.
For fellows whose permanent residence is located 50 miles outside of the Ann Arbor Area, an additional housing stipend may be awarded to assist in locating housing on campus based on need.
This is a paid summer fellowship. Students earn a stipend for their research based on the following criteria
- Full Time (40 hours per week/ 400 hours total): $4,000-$5000. Some opportunities may be provided on a part-time basis.
Please Note: Stipends will be prorated for fellows unable to complete the full 400 hours in the time allotted.
Note to International Students currently in the U.S.: Because these fellowships come with a stipend, it is important for any F-1 or J-1 status holders to obtain authorization through F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or J-1 Academic Training (AT) to be able to participate. Please consult with your Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor at your home institution to verify CPT/AT eligibility, requirements, and application procedures.
Students applying should be one of the following:
- Applicants must have completed at least 18 credits (or 2 semesters) at the community college level and must have already graduated from High School (or earned a GED).
- If you are a dual enrolled in High School and Community College, you must have completed 30 credits at the Community College.
- Applicants must be a currently enrolled student attending a community college in the state of Michigan.
- Students who have already received a bachelor's degree will not be eligible to apply.
- Students who have been already admitted to UM-Ann Arbor for Winter 2021 or Fall 2021, are encouraged to contact us directly for the UROP’s Changing Gears Program for incoming transfer students.
- Note to International Students currently in the U.S.: Because these fellowships come with a stipend, it is important for any F-1 or J-1 status holders to obtain authorization through F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or J-1 Academic Training (AT) to be able to participate. Please consult with your Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor at your home institution to verify CPT/AT eligibility, requirements, and application procedures.
Required Materials and information you will need to prepare and upload the following information to the online application. Please note that you can save your application and return to it at a later time. However, all material must be uploaded and submitted by the application deadline: February 12, 2021.
The personal statement is not to exceed 1,500 words. It is your opportunity to showcase your skills and qualifications pertaining the fellowship and answer the following questions:
a. What are your academic and/or professional career goals?
b. Why do you want to transfer to the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor or another four year institution?
c. What experiences have you had that would make you stand out as a candidate for the program?
d. As a part of CCSFP you will be joining a network of Research Fellows and Mentors. What type of experiences and skills would you bring to our community?
The personal statement also gives you an opportunity to explain any potential hardships or drawbacks in other areas of your application. Please save your Personal Statement as Last Name_ First Name_Personal Statement
A PDF file of your most current resume will be uploaded as part of the Online Application. Please save your resume as Last Name_First Name_Resume
A scanned copy of all official community college transcripts from all previously attended institutions must be uploaded as a pdf.
A merged PDF file of your unofficial copy of all your transcripts (in the following order Community College/other institutions, High School/GED certification) should be uploaded as part of the Online Application (transcripts session). This will allow our admissions team to review your application in a timely manner.Please note: Please save your transcripts PDF file as Last Name_First Name_Transcripts
Note: Applications without official community college transcripts by the February 12th deadline will be considered incomplete.
Two Letters of Recommendation (online system)
To apply for this fellowship, you must obtain at least 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendations must be on official college/company letterhead and signed by the recommender. We strongly recommend that letters of recommendation are from faculty members at your current institution who can speak specifically about your capability of doing research in your desired field. For example, if you are hoping to work in the biomedical sciences field, one of your letters should be from a faculty member who can talk specifically about your ability to do such research (e.g. biology professor). Recommendation letters could also be from anyone you have a professional relationship with (graduate student instructor, advisor, supervisor, personal reference, etc.).
As an applicant, you will be asked to provide the recommender's contact information when completing the online application. The letters of recommendation must be submitted by the recommender directly to the online recommendation application system. Letters of recommendation are NOT allowed to be sent by the applicant!!
Please note that each recommender will receive an automated email with instructions to submit their recommendation(s) once applicants have completed and submitted the online student application. Recommenders will be instructed to upload their letter of recommendation in Adobe PDF format. Applicants will receive an automated email when the recommendations are submitted. Letters of recommendation are due no later than Monday, March 1, 2021.
Please send both your official High School and Community College Transcripts to the following address:
UROP - CCSFP
1190 Undergraduate Science Building
204 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2215
Contact Information: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
CCSFP Frequently Asked Questions
Does the fellowship provide housing on campus or parking?
Housing: No, the fellowship does NOT provide housing on campus, however housing stipends (based on need) are available for fellows whose permanent residence is located 50 miles outside of the Ann Arbor Area.
Parking: Due to parking restrictions, UROP is unable to cover on-campus parking for fellows. However, UROP will work with students to find accessible commuter parking lots and access to free public and university transportation.
Can I switch my field of interest/research project once I get accepted?
We highly recommend that you stay with your chosen field and the research topic that you initially indicated on your application.
Can I ask anyone to write my Two Letters of Recommendation?
We ask that one of your letters of recommendation be from a faculty member at your current institution who can speak specifically about your capability of doing research in your desired field.
Can I take summer classes and do the summer fellowship?
You are allowed to enroll in one course only. However, the summer fellowship and the program require a significant amount of time commitment, and thus we STRONGLY recommend that you do not enroll in any classes.
Do I receive credit toward my degree at my community college for my summer fellowship?
No. You will not receive credit toward your graduation requirements at your community college.
If I am a community college transfer student who just got accepted to University of Michigan, or if I am waiting for my acceptance letter from the University of Michigan, am I eligible to apply for the summer fellowship?
Yes, you are eligible to apply for the Michigan Community College Summer Fellowship.
“This experience has helped me become a stronger and better human being. I have grown in my confidence, I am more outgoing, and more willing to believe in myself that I can truly make a difference in the lives of others. Things were tough for me the first month of UROP, but the CCSFP staff (Mai Ze, McKenzie, Justin, and Catalina) gathered around me to let me know I was not alone -- thank you! This made all the difference. “Being a part of CCSFP has confirmed my passions for psychology and working with children. Being in this program this summer has prepared me to attend successfully this fall as a transfer student. If it weren't for this program, and the amazing staff at UROP -- my chances of being successful this fall would be slim, but because of you all and this amazing program -- I know I am right where I am supposed to be!! I am proud to be a Fellow and a Wolverine!! Go Blue!” –Julia, GRCC, CCSFP Fellow 2016
“My goals remain mostly the same, but this program reaffirmed my belief in myself. I almost didn't apply, because I thought I was such a long shot. I am glad I gave it my best, despite all of the rough circumstances I went through this summer. My experience here this summer just gave me the extra motivation to keep working towards goals, no matter what happens, and to believe in myself.” –Joshua Peters, MCC, CCSFP Fellow 2016
“Prior to this summer and CCSFP I never would have considered coming the University of Michigan. It's not that I didn't want to, it's that I would have never thought that I would be able to because I never saw myself being accepted here. But through the relationships and the accomplishments of this summer I have seriously began to re-evaluate my goals and standards for my life and set them just a little higher.” –Kia, NMC, CCSFP Fellow 2016
"CCSFP has allowed me to fully understand what academia entails beyond just reviewing literature and preparing for exams. In this program, I have learned so much about research and how research is vital in shaping the society we live and understanding it. In particular, my research project has solidified my interest in helping underrepresented communities." –Kai, HFC, CCSFP Fellow 2016
“CCSFP definitely provided me with the research aspect that was missing in my life, just like I'm certain it did with the rest of the students. It allowed me to experience and learn about current/previous scientific discoveries through the evaluation of literature, which is something I only dreamed of doing. In addition to the exposure to the lab atmosphere and the review of scientific literature to learn about current/past research, CCSFP has increased my time management skills, taught me email etiquette, and also expanded my network and allowed me to meet individuals I can definitely rely on.” –Mohamad, HFC, CCSFP Fellow 2016
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