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What is El Puente Research Fellowship?

Empowering underrepresented students through research.


El Puente Research Fellowship supports and promotes undergraduate research in multiple academic areas. It offers undergraduates the opportunity to prepare for graduate level education over the course of two semesters .El Puente Fellows work closely with graduate mentors and faculty as they increase their understanding and experience of academic research. This fellowship takes the educational experience to the next level and better. 

Fellows engage in a research project of their interest with the guidance of our Instructional Team during the fall and spring semesters. During the program, El Puente Fellows participate in mandatory seminars which provide them the knowledge and tools necessary to begin the research process, develop a research proposal, and prepare for graduate school. El Puente Fellows also have the opportunity to grow as a community of scholars with the other fellows. As research projects develop, fellows have a space to rely on their peers and mentors for input, guidance and critiques. Most importantly, all the fellows are on similar journeys toward professional development and/or a graduate degree. It is important to note that prior research experience is not required as this program meets the students at their level.

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