The goals of the PREMAT Project are to encourage minority high-school students to pursue careers in biomedical research and to continue to motivate and support them during their early years as undergraduates.
|*Unfortunately, the 2008 summer program will not take place since renewed funding by the NIH is not anticipated before 2009.
PREMAT- I. The High-School PREMAT Project
What is the High-School PREMAT project?
The PREMAT-I Project provides high school rising seniors and graduating seniors with a summer research experience and scholarship support to those students who attend Chicago State University. The research will be conducted in small groups and will focus on public health, nutrition and biological and environmental issues and epidemiological methodologies. Subject to continued funding, the program will meet for four days a week during the summer before students start at Chicago State, Monday through Thursday of each week.
Who qualifies to be in the HS PREMAT Project?
The program is open to high-school rising seniors and graduated seniors who want to study sciences leading to biomedical science careers primarily at Chicago State or other universities.
What are the benefits of participating in the HS PREMAT Project?
The program will offer students an opportunity to assist an on-going research Project in ecological and public health assessment that is creating a database of public health measures and environmental emissions of industries in the South Chicago area. The results of the project are to be used in studying the impact of these emissions on public health and the environment. At the same time the participating students will learn skills and information that will help them succeed in their college careers.
Students will learn about probability, some simple computer programs, simple applications of chemistry and/or biology, simple game theory, some math and statistics applications, writing, and carrying out research on the Internet. rinciples of effective study and other skills that are used by successful students will also be developed.
Are there any financial benefits?
Participants will be paid at the rate of $7.50 per hour. Each student who participates full time can earn up to $1,500 for his or her work during the summer. High school graduates who go on to attend Chicago State will be eligible for a four-year tuition scholarship and opportunities to do undergraduate research in biomedical research areas as RISE students. The tuition scholarship is conditional on maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.00.
Are there any obligations?
All participants will be required to submit applications to Chicago State and take all of the entrance examinations for this university.Studentswho wish to attend other colleges in the fall will still be required tosubmit applications to Chicago State in order to participate in theprogram. If a student cannot attend for the full time, or misses some ofthe participation, the stipend will be decreased accordingly. The stipendis calculated on the number of hours of work and the quality of the workthat is being carried out by the students.
How do I apply?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications for the high-school program for this summer (2008) since renewed funding by the NIH is not anticipated before 2009. Please check this website again in the Spring of 2009 for next summer's schedule.
For directions to CSU click here.
For more information about the high-school PREMAT Summer project contact:
Professor Samuel Bowen,
Department of Chemistry and Physics,
Williams Science Center,
Chicago State University,
9501 S. King Drive, Chicago,
Phone inquiries at 773-995-3804.
Faxes at 773-995-3809.
E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last day of the HS PREMAT project, Summer 2005.
The last day of the HS PREMAT project, Summer 2006.
The last day of the HS PREMAT project, Summer 2007.
PREMAT II. Transition to University Life
PREMAT provides additional training and employment for CSU freshmen and sophomores who major in biology, chemistry or physics. The intent of this support is to ease the transition to university life and to act as a safety net to ensure that students maintain good grades and timely progress in their major courses of study.
Who qualifies for PREMAT for Undergraduates?
Full-time students who have successfully completed one or both of the HS PREMAT summers and who declare a major in chemistry, biology or physics qualify to be a RISE student in the PREMAT Project.
What are the benefits of being a PREMAT RISE student?
You will receive one-on-one training in the use and maintenance of computers in one or both of the RISE Program Information Technology laboratories or an internship in a faculty research laboratory. You will receive individual mentoring from a science faculty or staff member and learn some of the skills that will prepare you to be a future peer-mentor in the RESKUE project.
Are there any financial benefits?
Yes. If you do not qualify for a need-based tuition waiver, you will receive a talent tuition waiver of the CSU. This is currently worth $3,002 for full-time (12 credit hours) in-state resident students. Additionally, you will be paid at the current starting scale for RISE students of $7.50 per hour for your work on the project. You will be eligible to work up to 10 hours per work during the fall and spring semesters with additional hours possible in the summer.
Are there any obligations to stay in the program?
Yes. You will need to continue as a full-time student majoring in biology, chemistry or physics, have passed the three CSU qualifying exams (Math, English & Reading) and maintain a competitive grade point average (close to or exceeding 3.0). You are also expected to give serious thought to continuing your education beyond the bachelor’s level to a Ph.D.program. For additional information on PREMAT benefits and responsibilities click here.
How do I apply to be a RISE PREMAT participant?
You will need to apply in person to Dr. Sam Bowen or the PREMAT-RISE Coordinator Mr. Maurice Bolling (see below) for instructions on which of the PREMAT activities you will participate in. You will then be required to complete the MBRS EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION SHEET . Please return the completed form to Ms Debra Walls, Secretary, in the MBRS Office (room SCI-222).
Mr. Maurice Bolling. PREMAT Coordinator
Phone: ext 3627
The HS PREMAT Project (PREMAT I) is co-funded by Chicago State University and is subject to the renewal of the CSU MBRS-RISE Program by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Funding of PREMAT II is subject to the renewal of the CSU MBRS-RISE Program by the NIH.
This page was last updated on 03/12/08
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