The Undergraduate Associates Program gives Miami students an opportunity to explore careers in academia by working closely with a faculty member. Typically, participants in the program work for a semester or a year assisting a faculty member with many of the tasks typically done in academic life (e.g., teaching, grading, attending governance meetings, engaging in research), but students and faculty members may also propose other creative ways of fulfilling the Undergraduate Associate Program requirements.
In order to participate in the UA Program, students must be sophomores, juniors or seniors and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and a faculty member with whom to work. Students do NOT need to be a member of the University Honors to apply or to participate. A student may serve as an Undergraduate Associate either in a 15-week semester or in a summer session course.
Download a copy of the 2012-13 UA Application
Applications to the Undergraduate Associates Program are accepted during the first three weeks of the fall and spring semesters and during the first week of a summer session course.
Honors students may receive honors credit by completing
an additional component beyond the normal requirements for the UA Program and petitioning the experience in their honors e-portfolio (using the petition form for teaching-related activities). The additional component could consist of additional readings or a research or leadership project related to the UA experience.
Please note: Application deadlines for the Undergraduate Associates Program are firm; applications submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. Completed applications should be submitted to the Honors Program Office in Old Manse.
General Guidelines for Undergraduate Associates
- In discharging their UA duties, students should not have sole responsibility for grading any assignments or instructing a specific class without supervision of the instructor.
- A minimum of 30 hours of work per semester is expected of any UA.
- The faculty sponsor and the UA are expected to meet regularly throughout the experience.
- Students may not serve as UAs for courses in which they are currently enrolled.
- Students may not receive credit for an Undergraduate Associateship for doing work for which they are being paid.
Receiving Credit for Your Undergraduate Associateship
- You must turn in a final reflection paper to the Honors & Scholars Program Office upon completion of the UA.
- The faculty member should provide a brief commentary on your performance.
- You may receive one credit hour for Undergraduate Associate participation through independent study hours in the appropriate department.
- University Honors students may receive credit for an honors experience, see the Honors Program organizational site for more information.