Call for Mentors

Intern working with mentor at SPRI

Applications due February 28, 2014

The 2014 Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI) needs CAFLS and CoES faculty members to mentor exceptional rising high school seniors for six weeks of directed research during the summer of 2014. The state-wide SPRI program is coordinated by the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM). The program includes all GSSM rising seniors and students from other high schools in South Carolina.

The GSSM and an award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) supports SPRI students at Clemson University.

GSSM and the HHMI award fund:

  • supplies money for the student projects housing and stipends for the student interns

  • a professional poster presentation at Clemson on July 18

We need mentors! We never have enough mentors. Please volunteer if you are at all interested in hosting a bright, energetic and competent research intern in your laboratory.

What are the advantages to you for participation in this program?

  • Work with an established, innovative, on-campus program that is nationally sponsored (HHMI)
  • Assistance in advancing a component of your research potential for a research publication with the student
  • The opportunity to work with some of the best students in South Carolina
  • All interns will enroll in BIOL 191 (for CAFLS) or CES 190 (for CoES) with you.
  • The chance that these very bright students will enroll as Clemson undergraduate or graduate students
  • Supply money for your intern’s research
  • Potential funds for your Creative Inquiry team (if intern is working with them)

If you mentor a EUREKA student, you can also mentor a SPRI student providing you with interns for most of the summer!

Housing is available for boarding students for six weeks only (June 18 - July 20). Commuters may have a more flexible schedule.

To volunteer as a mentor, please complete the online project description form by February 28, 2014.

To receive a Adobe form or word document format of the project description form please contact: Cora Allard-Keese, SC Life Project, 132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634, Fax 864-656-1425. Email

For additional information or to discuss the program with previous mentors, contact Cora Allard-Keese (656- 0721, or Dr. Barbara Speziale (656-1550,