UNCF/GTE Summer Science Program

From Raegan Higgins of Xavier University:

I liked the professional atmosphere of the program. Each student had his/her own office, etc.  We were treated like actual employees in a personal as well as professional manner.  We were expected to meet all deadlines and we were always invited to company and departmental functions.

Honestly and truly, there is not anything that I didn't like about the program.

The environment for women was superb.  Of the 18 students, 13 were females. Even on the work site, female faces were very dominant.  As a matter of fact, the coordinator at GTE Labs was a female.

UNCF/GTE Summer Science Program is an internship.

The participants in the program received a $3500 stipend. Fifty percent on the day of arrival and the remaining portion a week before departure. Also, all students who successfully completed the program received a $3500 scholarship for the following school year.

The research I did for my project was rather independent.  I was given an assignment and reported to my principal investigator upon completion.  If I had any questions, I would consult any one of my six team members.

We went to work everyday from 8am to 4:30pm. We wore business casual clothes Monday through Thursday.  On Fridays, we wore casual clothes.  We had an hour lunch break and we could take it whenever we desired. The usual time was between 11:30 am and 12:30pm.

We attend seminars as well by employees at GTE Labs.  We also had weekly "fireside chats" with a broad range of people. The meetings were usually one hour.

About 6 Saturdays, we had field trips.  They were extremely nice and diverse. We got the opportunity to learn a lot about Boston.

Finally, every participant gave a 15 minute oral presentation on his/her research.

I would definitely recommend this program.