FAQs for Scholars

  • What is required to apply to the Petit Scholars program?
    • Have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours as of January 2022 (first-year students are not eligible)
    • Have demonstrated interest in bioengineering and/or bioscience research
    • Minimum overall GPA 3.0
    • Make a commitment to the program beginning in January of 2022 and concluding at the end of December 2022 (for example, if you are graduating in spring or summer 2022, you are not eligible to apply)
    • Make a commitment to full-time availability during summer months (student should not be enrolled in summer classes)
    • Provide an official university transcript (if you are only able to procure an unofficial transcript by the deadline, your application will be reviewed, but if accepted you will be required to provide an official transcript for final acceptance). **Most universities will impose a nominal fee to provide an official transcript.
    • Be currently enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Agnes Scott College, Kennesaw State University, or another metro Atlanta area college or university
    • Students with disabilities, from underrepresented minority groups, as defined by the National Science Foundation (Black/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians, or Alaska Natives), and women are strongly encouraged to apply. For more info, click here
  • Will I receive a stipend for the program?
    • Yes! An $8,000 stipend is paid over the course of the program (January – December). Scholars must provide their own housing.
  • What is the time commitment for the program?
    • Duration of the Petit Scholars program is one calendar year – January through December
      • Spring Semester: conduct research 12 + hours per week, while taking normal coursework
      • Summer Semester: conduct research 40 + hours per week (in order to devote your full-time attention to your research project, you should not be enrolled in summer classes)
      • Fall Semester: conduct research 12 + hours per week, while taking normal coursework
    • Attend program enrichment workshops throughout the year, details to be published as scheduled
    • Participate in various program-sponsored social activities as scheduled
    • Participate in end-of-year poster session and reception to present your research to members of the Petit Institute community (held in late October/early November)
  • Can I serve as a Petit Scholar while receiving a President's Undergraduate Research Award (PURA)?
    • No, GT prohibits students from receiving both the Petit Scholars award the PURA simultaneously. 
  • If I am an undergraduate currently doing research in an IBB lab (full IBB faculty list here) and I am selected to be a Petit Scholar, can I continue my research as a Petit Scholar in my lab?
    • Yes, as long as the IBB faculty member approves and designates a graduate student or postdoc from your lab to serve as your official Petit Mentor AND that mentor submits a independent project proposal for you by the submission deadline (also Sept. 19)
    • Note - selected scholars also have the option of choosing to change to another IBB lab if preferred and there is an available project of interest
  • Are international students eligible to apply?
    • Yes!
  • What is the deadline to apply?
    • Sunday, September 19, 2021
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FAQs for Mentors

  • How do I know if I’m qualified to be a mentor?
    • You must be a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow in an IBB lab to serve as a Petit Mentor - see complete faculty list here. Note - PIs or other lab employees are not eligible to serve as Petit Mentors.
  • Do I have to be available to serve as a Petit Mentor for the full year?
    • Yes, you must be available to serve as a Petit Mentor from January – December.
  •  ​​​​​​If my PI is not an IBB faculty member, can I serve as a Petit Mentor?
    • Your PI must be an IBB faculty member in order for you to serve as a Petit Mentor. If your PI is interested in applying, they can find full details here and the applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. In this case, you are encouraged to submit your project proposal by the submission deadline (Sept. 19) and notify the program administrator that your PI has applied.
  • If I am an IBB grad student or postdoc who is currently mentoring a selected undergraduate Petit Scholar, can I continue to mentor them as an official "Petit Mentor?"
    • Yes, as long as:
      • the selected Petit Scholar chooses to remain in your lab - selected scholars have the option of choosing to change to another IBB lab if preferred and there is an available project of interest.
      • you submit an independent project proposal for your mentee by the submission deadline (also Sept. 19) which requires a submitted letter of permission from your IBB faculty advisor to serve as a Petit Mentor 
  • If my undergraduate mentee is not selected as a Petit Scholar, can my submitted project proposal still be considered by other "unmatched" Petit Scholars who are seeking a lab?
    • Yes, there is a place for you to indicate this preference in the submission process
  • If I’m not already mentoring an undergraduate but I’m interested in mentoring a newly-selected, unmatched Petit Scholar, when will I be notified about whether I will be invited to serve as Petit Mentor?
    • You can indicate during the project proposal submission that you wish for your project to be considered by newly-selected, unmatched Petit Scholars who will be looking for a lab for the year. Notifications of who will be invited to mentor an incoming Petit Scholar will be sent by early November. 
  • Am I required to attend any events as a mentor?
    • Yes, Petit Mentors are required to attend an orientation session in January 2022 and the end-of-year poster session (date tba). Mentors are also encouraged to participate in various social/networking events for Scholars and Mentors
  • Can I mentor more than one scholar at a time?
    • No, you can only mentor one scholar per calendar year
  • Can I submit multiple project proposals during one application cycle?
    • Yes, but you are only eligible to mentor one scholar per calendar year
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