BUMP Scholars are typically recruited into the program as freshman, sophomores, or transfer students. They will begin formally participating in the program in the summer after their freshman or sophomore years and continue in the program for two years.
Students will be matched with a Research Mentor before the first summer and become an integral part of the Research Mentor's research program for two years, working 10-12 hours a week during the academic semesters, and 35-40 hours a week for 12 weeks during the summers.
In the first year of the program, students will also take a course in scientific communication, write a research thesis proposal with their mentor, and present a poster of their research proposal at the annual BUMP Symposium.
In the second year of the program, students will take a GRE preparation course, write a research thesis based on the research they have conducted as a BUMP Scholar, give an oral presentation of their research results at the BUMP Symposium, and apply to graduate school.
During the two years the students are involved in the BUMP program, they will be provided the opportunity and encouraged to present their work at a professional scientific meeting.