Accelerating Success by Providing Intensive Research Experience (ASPIRE)
Each year, a small group of students in their first or second year of undergraduate study are selected to enter the program. These young scholars immediately begin conducting research under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor in their chosen area of study.
Instead of just learning about past research, ASPIRE scholars have the opportunity to make new discoveries and become knowledge creators. Early in the program, ASPIRE scholars gain substantial background knowledge and learn advanced research skills. By their senior year, they are ready to embark on a significant honors thesis, in which they take a leading role in designing and implementing a novel research project.
The ASPIRE program was created in 2014 by Emily Kappenman and Steven Luck with the encouragement of Dean of Social Sciences George R. Mangun.
Applications for 2016-2017 closed on Sunday, October 16, 2016.