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Types of Student Involvement
AREA grants should provide meaningful, hands on, research experiences to undergraduate and/or graduate students. This can include
- design of experiments and controls,
- collection and analysis of data,
- execution and troubleshooting of experiments,
- presentation at meetings (for undergraduates, this might be at regional or campus meetings),
- drafting journal articles,
- collaborative interactions,
- participation in lab meetings to discuss results and future experiments, etc.
The AREA program is a research grant program, not a training or fellowship program. While students typically participate in non-research activities, the AREA grant should not include a training plan that might include coursework, attending seminars, or developing professional skills.
The 12 page Research Strategy should describe how undergraduate and/or graduate students will be exposed to and supervised conducting hands-on research. It should also describe how students will participate in research activities.
The Research Strategy should communicate how the project will stimulate students interest so that they consider a career in the biomedical or behavioral sciences.