In the ASPIRE Academic Year Program, students apply to ASPIRE listing their research
interests and goals, and are then matched with a faculty member in their major. Students
commit to work 5-10 hours a week on an individualized research project under the supervision
of the faculty mentor for graded independent study course credit. Commitment can
be for a semester or a year, depending on the scope of the project. The explicit
goal for the student is to produce quality research that could be presented at a national
or regional discipline specific conference. Once the student is accepted at an appropriate
conference, the ASPIRE program provides funding to cover the costs of attending the
To qualify for the ASPIRE academic year program, students must have a major in H&SS,
be a sophomore or higher in classification, and be in good academic standing. The
application for the academic year program is here, and should be filled out and mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.