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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Summer Research Program

Q: How many days and hours per week are students expected to work?

A: Your weekly, daily, and hourly commitment to the SRP will vary depending on the project you are working on. Time expectations typically range from 10 to 40 hours per week depending on the project. Days and times are usually flexible, and your time commitment is worked out with your research professor at times that are mutually convenient for the mentor and other students working on the project. SRP students may not work more than 40 hours per week.

Q: Are start and end dates flexible?

A: Yes. Although the SRP is structured around a 12 week summer session C term, start and end dates can vary depending on student availability, project requirements, and availability of the faculty research mentor.

Q: How much money will student researchers earn in the SRP?

A: SRP student researchers will be paid hourly wages of approximately $9/hr, but the rate can vary slightly based on experience, student status as a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student, and whether your summer salary is paid for by externally funded grants with specific requirements for hourly wages.

Q: Why register for a research course?

A: Depending on your major and institution, many programs have a research requirement which can be fulfilled through a summer research course experience. In addition, for Monmouth University undergraduate students and students from a number of other colleges or universities, completion of a summer research course can be used to satisfy experiential education or internship requirements. Another major advantage of earning credit for your research experience is that this experience would be included on your academic transcripts, and research course credits are of value when applying to graduate and professional programs or when applying for a job.

Q: What is the discount rate for summer credits? What is the cost for on-campus housing?

A: Please refer to the Summer at Monmouth Web site for updated information.

Q: Does the SRP pay for student housing on campus?

A: No, the SRP does not pay for student housing on campus.

Q. Are high school students eligible for university housing?

A. High school students must be 18 to be able to stay in university housing.

Q. What information do I need to complete my application?

A.1) A career essay of less than 500 words describing your interest in a research experience and the expected impact this research would have on your career goals

2) A resume

3) The names of two faculty mentors and their project titles as first and second choices.

4) All student applicants should have at least one letter of recommendation submitted on their behalf. This letter should be addressed to the faculty mentor you would like to work with and sent to musrp@monmouth.edu as an electronic document.  It will be necessary for applicants to submit a blank page with their application as the letter of recommendation in order to submit the application.