APPLICATIONS FOR RAMP WILL OPEN AUGUST 14TH!
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 29TH AT 11:59PM
RAMP Program Eligibility Criteria:
Before starting the application process, please ensure you meet ALL of the following eligibility criteria:
- Endorsement from a UCF faculty member to work with – A UCF faculty mentor has agreed to work with me if I am selected as a RAMP scholar (Note: the mentor must complete RAMP Endorsement Form by the application deadline as part of the application process)
- I am a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
- I have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- I am a full-time undergraduate student at UCF during the Fall/Spring semester (12 credit hours minimum)
- I have a minimum of 60 credit hours completed
- I have at 2 years left before graduation (excluding summers)
- I will attend all activities and workshops designed for the RAMP program
- I will submit an application to present at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence
- I will submit a written research report at the end of the year’s activity
- I plan to attend graduate school
*Please keep in mind that while students who have more than four semesters can apply if they meet eligibility criteria, the program is designed for students who will graduate at the culmination of their second year in the program.
If you are still unsure whether you qualify for the program or if the program would be a good fit for your specific circumstances, please check out our FAQ or contact us at email@example.com.
RAMP Program Benefits
The Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) program provides a challenging and supportive environment that is conducive to learning and personal/professional development.
We offer students:
- Scholarship for conducting research and complying with the program’s requirements
- Individualized academic and personal support from RAMP staff
- Involvement in a cohesive community of scholars and educators
- Experience conducting research
- Faculty, graduate student, and peer mentoring
- Opportunities to participate in the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence
- Access to workshops on the graduate school application process, financial aid, scholarships and fellowships
- RAMP graduation stole
Applying to the Program
RAMP Application Guidelines
The UCF Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) provides undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate education with research experience while receiving support and guidance from a faculty mentor. In addition, the students participate in a variety of workshops and events designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of graduate school education. This program aims to encourage more students from those populations who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to attend graduate school.
RAMP provides an enriching educational experience for undergraduate students, with a focus on Pell Grant-eligible, first-generation, and transfer college students, to excel as undergraduate students, become strong graduate school candidates, and succeed in their graduate programs once they graduate from UCF.
Before you begin completing your on-line application, please make sure to read the application guidelines and meet the eligibility criteria. Make sure to have access to all the information required by the time you complete your application.
The RAMP application is comprised of the following:
A. Eligibility Requirements
B. Biographical Information
C. Contact Information
D. Demographic Information
E. Academic Information
F. Research Involvement at UCF
G. Faculty Endorsement & Endorsement Form (Applicants must download the form here or from the application’s Supporting Documents section)
H. Supplementary Material (Personal Statement & Resume or CV)
I. Future Plans
J. Family Information
K. Financial Information
L. Additional Information
M. Application Submission Agreement
N. AAP Release Form
Applicants must submit the following along with their online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
· RAMP Faculty Mentor Endorsement – Applicants are responsible for downloading and sending the RAMP Endorsement Form to the faculty member, who must complete all required fields and sign the form (electronic signatures will be accepted). The endorsement is a short form that should take your faculty mentor no more than 10 minutes to complete. The RAMP Endorsement Form will be used to best assess your ability for academic research and your motivation to attend graduate school. Make sure to upload the RAMP Endorsement Form to this application once completed and signed by your Faculty Mentor. NOTE: Applications WILL NOT be considered if the endorsement is not submitted with the required information and the faculty mentor’s signature.
· Personal Statement – Applicants will be required to type their Personal Statements directly into the application. Make sure your statement describes your academic and career goals. Include your field(s) of interest, why you are interested in studying it, and why you think that participating in the Research and Mentoring Program will help you reach these goals. Ensure that this statement is well written and free of grammatical and spelling errors.
· Resume or CV – Make sure to submit an updated version of your Resume or CV.
1. The application deadline is now extended until Friday, September 29, 2023. This deadline includes the submission of the RAMP Faculty Mentor Endorsement, which must be uploaded into your application before submission.
2. We encourage all applicants to save any essays/long answers in a word document and then copy/paste into the application.
3. You may save your application at any point and continue working on it later. However, incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Applicants may download the RAMP Application Guidelines and the Faculty Endorsement Form from the Supporting Documents section to save and keep for their records.
We look forward to receiving your application!