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Calhoun Honors College

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Who is eligible to participate in the EUREKA! Program?

A.  The EUREKA! program is open to any rising Honors freshman.  Participants are admitted by application.

Q.  Is the program all work and no play?

A.  While the primary focus of the EUREKA! Program is early-start research, we offer a significant amount of social activities that keep participants busy in the evenings and on the weekends.  Past weekend activities have included a camping trip with whitewater rafting and zip lining, attending a Greenville Drive baseball game, and a thrill-filled day at Carowinds theme park.

Q.  How regulated will the experience be?

A.  Participants are required to attend daily research hours and all social activities on the published itinerary; however, there is also significant amount of free time during the program.  All attendees are treated like enrolled college students.  We hire three program counselors who are responsible to manage the participants for the duration of the program.  Counselors perform job duties similar to a Resident Assistant (although they do organize more optional social activities than regular RA’s).  While attendees do have participation responsibilities, the program is not heavily regulated.

Q.  What is the summer housing like?

A.  EUREKEAN’s will enjoy a private bedroom and apartment style housing.  All participants are housed in the Lightsey Bridge II apartment complex:  http://housing.clemson.edu/livin-options/apartment-communities/lightsey-bridge-ii/.  Lightsey bridge is located on the edge of campus.  Most students will have a 10-20 minute walk to get to their research lab locations.

Q.  What do I need to bring to set up the apartment?

A.  A suggested packing list can be found on our webpage.  Once participants receive their EUREKA! roommate assignments they can work together to decide if they want to bring larger items such as a TV, futon, chairs, and kitchen supplies.

Q.  What can a participant expect to gain from the EUREKA! Program?

A.  There are two main advantages of participating in EUREKA!  First is the opportunity to take part in early-start research with Clemson’s top faculty.   Many of our students have used EUREKA! as a spring-board to continue research for academic credit or even a salary stipend.  Early research experience is helpful for students wanting to pursue major fellowships or scholarships, such as the Goldwater scholarship.  The second advantage is the social benefit.  EUREKA! participants tend to form strong friendships with each other that last throughout their academic career at Clemson and beyond.

Q.  Are there other reasons to participate in EUREKA!?

A.  EUREKA! provides an excellent jumpstart for college life.  You will acquire your “college feet” by walking across campus and learning where academic buildings and the best places to eat are located.  You’ll also make a large group of friends that share interests.  Your participation helps removes the fear of not knowing anyone when you first enter college.  You will also meet amazing faculty and speakers.  Many students find it easier to learn college time-management skills during EUREKA!, when they are conducting research and have the benefit of unmanaged free time, but not the pressure of academic grading.

Q.  What is EUREKA’s policy regarding drugs and alcohol?

A.  The EUREKA! program has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy concerning drugs and alcohol.  Program participants are held to local, state, and federal laws as well as Clemson University’s alcohol and drug policy found here:  http://www.clemson.edu/administration/student-affairs/student-handbook/universitypolicies/alcohol-and-other-drugs-policies.html.  Students found in violation of these laws and policy will be dismissed from the program and sent home at their own expense.  No program refunds will be issued for dismissed students.

Research Questions:

Q: How many hours will I be in the lab?

A: The hours vary based on the lab, but generally the students will go into the lab/work on their projects Monday through Friday. Lab mentors ask for different time commitments ranging from as small as 4 hours a day to a full day in the lab.

Q: How involved is the research project that participants are assigned to?

A: It depends on which project you are on. Some participants spend hours in the lab, and others spend their time in the library or working from their rooms. Everyone has time to have fun and enjoy being a part of the EUREKA! gang. Research experience is the purpose of the program, but no one expects it to become your life while you're here. There will be multiple opportunities for the participants to enjoy the Clemson atmosphere and the other EUREKA! Participants outside of the lab.

Q. What projects are there and how do I choose one?

A. In the application, you list three chooses in order of preference and the honors office will assign your project. Look through the research projects and see if any seem interesting to you, then read about them, and make your choices.

Q. What kind of transportation will be offered for students that have a project in the research park?

A. There is a bus that runs every half hour from Hendrix center to the Research Park.

Q. Who will I mainly be working with?

A. The main person that you will be working with is a graduate student assigned to you by your professor. They will be there to guide your thinking.

Q: How much work will this program entail?

A: The average person was in the lab from 9-4 every day with an hour lunch break….this time flies by!! The nights are amazing! You just hang out with your friends.

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