The R&D Faculty and Student Intern Partnerships program is a winning solution for Oklahoma’s undergraduate students, faculty who teach undergraduate students and Oklahoma's applied research and development facilities.
These partnerships improve the state's R&D base by supporting undergraduate student internships and undergraduate teaching faculty internships at Oklahoma R&D facilities, and by encouraging the students to prepare for careers at Oklahoma scientific and technical firms. The partnerships draw upon the most important resource of higher education institutions: the people. The internships provide undergraduate students and faculty members increased experience with R&D in a workplace environment.
Funding for R&D Faculty and Student Intern Partnerships supports one- to two-year projects requiring a minimum of $10,000 per year and a maximum of $30,000 per year of OCAST funds. The required match shall be from non-state appropriated funds.
An undergraduate student or faculty member may intern for up to one year (i.e., 1.0 FTE for 12 months, 0.5 FTE over two years; or two summers at 1.0 FTE and the remaining divided over the academic years). The field of study – degree pursued or held – by the undergraduate student and/or faculty interns must be related to the field of use of the applied R&D performed. The degree pursued by the undergraduate student interns (or held by the faculty intern) must be in natural sciences, computer science, materials science, engineering, a biomedical/biotechnical area or in a support area related to building successful Oklahoma high-tech companies.