What is CIRRUS?
CIRRUS, the Chicago Initiative for Research and Recruitment in Undergraduate Science, provides academic support and research opportunities for science and mathematics students at DePaul University, Harold Washington College, and Truman College. CIRRUS is open to all students at DePaul, Harold Washington College or Truman College who are either majoring or considering a major in science or mathematics.
CIRRUS Scholars Program
The CIRRUS Scholars Program consists of the following three phases:
- The CIRRUS Summer Program is designed to guide students with introductory science or mathematics experience through a six-week, hands-on introduction to scientific research. CIRRUS Scholars work in teams guided by a scientist on an interdisciplinary research project. Past projects have included investigations of Chicagoland air and water quality, construction of a radio telescope, characterization of the efficiency of solar cells, and analysis of the phosphorous content of a restored wetlands. Participants in the CIRRUS Summer Program are paid $3600 and are eligible for on-campus housing at no cost. The 2013 CIRRUS Summer Program will run from June 24 through August 2.
- During the academic year, CIRRUS Scholars work with CIRRUS faculty and staff to design and implement a series of activities, meetings, and workshops related to science students' academic and professional interests. The specific events vary from year to year, but are usually centered on areas such as establishing a professional network, preparing for graduate study, academic success, and building community within the sciences. Scholars are eligible to earn up to $1000 during the academic year for designing and implementing these activities.
- CIRRUS Scholars who successfully complete the first two phases of the program are eligible for placement in a science-related summer internship. CIRRUS faculty and staff work with our partner institutions, including the Field Museum, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and Argonne National Laboratory to identify possible paid internship opportunities for CIRRUS Scholars. Successful placement depends on student achievement and interests, the identification of a suitable mentor, and available funding. CIRRUS has funding of up to $4000 for a limited number of interns.