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Shaw and EPA Unveil New Online Application Process

January 25, 2013 - Shaw University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) announced a new online application process for the RAP program. The Research Apprenticeship Program began in 1990 as a collaborative effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development in Research Triangle Park, NC and Shaw University. 

The program encourages participating high school students to pursue advanced degrees in math, science, and engineering by:

  • Enriching the scientific and mathematical concepts that students study in the classroom curriculum.
  • Providing the opportunity to interact with scientists.
  • Developing effective scientific research and technical skills.
  • Enhancing students' motivation, self-confidence and desire to achieve.

The program is highly competitive and selective.  Each year, the program selects between 10 to 15 rising ninth graders from more than 80 applicants. As an incentive, participants receive a monthly stipend and participate in field trips. The number of students selected is determined by the amount of funds provided by the government for that particular year.

The success of the Shaw University/US EPA Research Apprenticeship Program is well demonstrated. In its 22 years, more than 120 students have completed the program.  An astounding one hundred percent of those students have finished college, and of those, 90% have majored in science, math, or engineering. 57% have continued on to graduate or professional school.

The application deadline is March 25, 2013. 

To apply and learn more about the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP), prospective apprentices can go to: