Wake Forest University has received a $150,000 grant from The Starr Foundation to help support a program that provides research opportunities for undergraduates.
The gift benefits the Wake Forest Research Fellowship Program, which encourages students to join faculty members as junior partners in scholarly research projects. Juniors and seniors selected for the program receive $2,000 scholarships from the university.
The Starr Foundation gift will help students cover the costs of research expenses and travel to professional meetings to present their research. The gift assists in establishing an endowment fund for that purpose.
Research fellowships are one of the features of the Wake Forest Undergraduate Plan, launched in 1996 to enhance undergraduate education. The plan emphasizes small classes, individualized instruction and mentoring by senior faculty.
The university began awarding the fellowships in 1998. Within the next few years, the university expects to reach its goal of 150 upper-level students participating in collaborative research projects with faculty each year.
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