Shaw University/U.S. EPA Research Apprenticeship Program
SUMMARY & REQUIREMENTS
The 4-year program has two sessions: the academic year session and the summer session. During the academic year, students attend classes, workshops, and monthly interactive presentations by scientists three Saturdays each month at Shaw University. The summer session begins on the 2nd Monday in June for six weeks. The classes run from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. The academic session begins the Saturday after Labor Day in September for nine months (September through May). The classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the first three Saturdays of each month. All classes are held in the Roberts Science Building on the campus of Shaw University.
Participants must attend both academic year and summer sessions. Participants are not allowed to miss more than four days in a six -week long summer session; and no more than four Saturday absences during the academic year session.
During the summer, rising 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students attend six weeks of classes, workshops, and field trips coordinated by Shaw University. The rising seniors apprentice under EPA mentors at EPA research facilities during the summer. The intensive experience immerses students in scientific research and culminates in a research forum during which each student presents their work to an audience that includes the mentors, other students in the program, students' parents, and EPA scientists.
Students accepted into the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) must demonstrate superior ability in math and science, live in Wake County, and be in grades 9 through 12. Students in RAP must maintain high academic performance in high school and strict attendance standards to continue participation in subsequent years. Applicants must have an interest in Science, Mathematics, and/or Engineering and also have a desire to pursue one of these fields as a major in college.