Prospective Scholars


RAMP Program Benefits

The Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) program provides a challenging and supportive environment that is conducive to learning and personal/professional development.

We offer students:

  • Individualized academic and personal support from RAMP staff
  • Involvement in a cohesive community of scholars and educators
  • Experience conducting research
  • Faculty, graduate student, and peer mentoring
  • Opportunities to participate in the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence
  • Workshops on the graduate school application process, financial aid, scholarships and fellowships

2018 Applications Are Now Closed

 

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Program Eligibility

Before starting the application process, please ensure you meet ALL of the following eligibility criteria:

  • I plan to pursue a graduate degree
  • A UCF faculty mentor has agreed to work with me if I am selected as a RAMP scholar (Note: the mentor must complete endorsement form by the application deadline as part of the application process)
  • I am a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or have a valid U.S. work permit
  • I have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • I will be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student at UCF during the Fall/Spring semesters throughout the duration of the RAMP program (2018-2020)
  • I have a minimum of 60 credit hours
  • I have at four semesters left before graduation (excluding summers) *
  • I will commit a maximum of 20 hours a week for 30 weeks to this program at a pay rate of $8 per hour (maximum award of $1400 per semester)
  • I will attend all activities and workshops designed for the RAMP program
  • I will submit an application to present at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence
  • I will submit a written research report at the end of the year’s activity
*Please keep in mind that while students who have more than four semesters can apply if they meet eligibility criteria, the program is designed for students who will graduate at the culmination of their second year in the program.

If you are still unsure whether you qualify for the program or if the program would be a good fit for your specific circumstances, please check out our FAQ or contact us at aap@ucf.edu
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Applying to the Program

Application Form

  • Before you begin completing this on-line form, please open and carefully read the entire application. Make sure you have access to all the information required.
  • This application does not have a ‘save’ feature, which means you must fully complete the form in one session and submit. We highly recommend that you complete all of your required statements in a separate saved word document, and then copy/paste the text into the application form.
  • The application will require you to:
    • Fill out academic, financial, and demographic information
    • Know your parents highest level of educational attainment
    • Know whether you were awarded a Pell Grant or Work Study in your most recent financial aid award letter
    • Upload a resume or CV
    • Know the top three graduate programs to which you plan to apply
    • Provide your faculty mentor information including e-mail, phone number, department, and office location (please make sure the faculty members has agreed to endorse you and work with you if you are selected for RAMP)
    • Provide your research project information (must include the details of the project you and your faculty mentor have agreed to work on if selected as a RAMP scholar)
    • Complete a statement of purpose, describing your academic/career goals, and your interest in pursuing a graduate degree

Faculty Endorsement Form

Once you complete your portion of the application, the faculty member you listed will be e-mailed the faculty endorsement form. They must approve of the project information you have entered in the application form. Faculty endorsements must be submitted by the application deadline. Student applicants are urged to complete their portion of the application well in advance of the application deadline so faculty mentors have enough time to complete their portion of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The faculty endorsement form will require faculty to:

  • Describe your role in the research project
  • Provide the number of hours they foresee you working on the project
  • Describe the criteria they will use to assess your work
  • Describe what they envision as your culminating project (end-product) for this project
  • List areas in which they believe you need to develop in order to become a strong candidate for graduate school/excel in research
  • Faculty mentors of students selected for the program will receive $200 per semester, which is transferred to their department for their use. Faculty must provide an E&G account number for their department and the name and e-mail address of their budget manager. Faculty members may only mentor one student per RAMP cohort year.

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For more detailed information regarding the application consult:
RAMP Application Guide


For assistance on how to formulate resumes and statements of purpose consult the
Writing Center and Career Services at UCF.