SMILE Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate Research

The SMILE Undergraduate Research Program sponsors a minigrant competition for research involving undergraduate students. Student researchers work in a research lab from June 1 to July 31, working a total of 35 hours a week on their research. Their research continues throughout the academic year, working between 10 and 15 hours a week in the research lab.

Student Stipend 

As a student researcher, you will earn a stipend for your research; $3600 for the summer, including room and board at DSU (June 1-July31), and $1500 for both the fall and spring semesters.

Student Travel 

As a student researcher, you will also represent DSU at the HBCU-UP National Undergraduate Research Conference. Your faculty sponsor will also choose another regional or national meeting for you to attend.


  • Student researchers must have completed at least 2 semesters as a STEM major by the completion of the spring semester of 2010.
  • Students must be a full-time student through both the fall semester of 2010 and the spring semester of 2011. They may not graduate prior to May 2011.
  • Students must have a GPA of at least 2.8 at the time of they begin working with the faculty member on the research project.

Application Process

In order to apply for the Undergraduate Research Program, you must find a faculty sponsor to work on a minigrant proposal with you. The faculty must submit the proposal for the competition.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Andrew Lloyd
Dept of Biological Sciences
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: 302-857-6518

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HBCU-UP Project Highlights

  • Free Summer Training Camp for STEM Freshmen
  • Peer mentoring
  • Freshman Learning Communities
  • Career counseling
  • Undergraduate research opportunities ($4,000 per year in stipends)
  • Assistance in applying to graduate schools
  • Opportunities to become a peer mentor/leader 

Staff Profile

Dr. Harry L. Williams
Principal Investigator
Project Director
Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Principal Investigator
Project Coordinator
Ms. Christine Mens
P/T Evening Technical Secretary

External Advisory Board Members

Dr. Richard Guarasci
Dr. Teck-Kah Lim
Dr. F.M. Ross Armbrecht, Jr.
Dr. Randolph J. Guschl
Dr. Michael I. Vaughan
Mr. Malik J. Stewart


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