EXPLORE AN OCEAN OF RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

The Research Scholars Program at NSU Florida is customized for students who have a passion for scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and hands-on research projects. As part of this intellectual community, you’ll team up with faculty mentors and accomplished researchers to better understand research techniques in a variety of fields, such as oceanography, marine biology, and neuroscience.

As a Research Scholar, you’ll develop skills that will prepare you to make an impact in your field of study. You’ll also receive a $24,000 annual scholarship package and earn a minor in research studies.

Program Overview and Objectives

Our Research Scholars are immediately immersed in a wealth of knowledge and spend four years becoming academic experts in their areas of interest. Each semester, Research Scholars update their portfolios with goals, highlights, artifacts, and reflections.

This is an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in STEM fields.

Christian R. Biology, Dual Admit Dental

Key Skills and Experience Gained

  • Analytical skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Hands-on research
  • Field study with faculty mentor

The NSU Edge

With the help of proven leaders and faculty and staff members, you’ll gain the skills necessary to solve problems and make a significant impact on the NSU community. Sharks become immersed in research through mentorship, cocurricular activities, and hands-on research projects.

YEAR ONE: Discover

Your first year in the program focuses on relationships; you’ll be matched with a mentor and join relevant NSU student organizations. Through research seminars and conclaves, you’ll begin to build your research foundation.

Coursework

  • RAZR 1000R - Seminar in Research Design and Implementation I
  • RAZR 2000R - Seminar in Research Design and Implementation II

Experiential Learning: Research Design and Implementation

  • Research 1 Living/Learning Community Housing
  • Student Organization membership
  • Big/Little Research Scholar Match
  • Mentee/Mentor Match begins
  • Monthly Conclave Attendance
  • Day for Research
  • Research Service Days
  • Two Research Seminars with selected NSU faculty researchers per semester
  • CITI Course - online module

YEAR TWO: Build

This year, you’ll focus on shaping a research proposal, outlining the actions you’ll take to leave a legacy at NSU. Along the way, you’ll hone your skills through additional seminars and a research symposium.

Coursework

  • RAZR 3000 - Quantitative Research Design and Statistical Analysis
  • RAZR 2501 - Field Experience II

Experiential Learning

  • Quantitative Research Design and Statistical Analysis
  • Research 2 Living/Learning Community Housing
  • Student Organization Leadership
  • Monthly Conclave Attendance
  • Health Professions Educational Research Symposium
  • Research Service Days
  • Two Research Seminars with selected NSU faculty researchers per semester

YEAR THREE: Experience

You’ve spent two years building your research acumen and developing a research proposal. Now it’s time to execute. You’ll find yourself participating in research conferences and activities as well as observing NSU faculty researchers in action.

Coursework

  • RAZR 3501 - Field Experience II
  • RAZR 3502 - Field Experience III

Experiential Learning

  • Introducing Field Experience
  • Research 3 Living/Learning Community Housing
  • Preprofessional or Academic Student Organization
  • Monthly Conclave Attendance
  • Qualitative Research Conference
  • Institutional Research Board Observation(s)
  • Dissertation Defense Observation(s)
  • Research Service Days
  • Two Research Seminars with selected NSU faculty researchers per semester

YEAR FOUR: Mentor

Year four is the culmination of your capstone research project. With all the experience and knowledge you’ve acquired during your first three years, you’re well-prepared to work on grant proposals, research presentations and research papers. You’ll also have the opportunity to serve as a mentor to younger Shark Research Scholars.

Coursework

  • RAZR 4501 - Field Experience IV
  • RAZR 4502 - Field Experience V

Experiential Learning

  • Capstone Project
  • Graduate-Level Preprofessional or Academic Student Organization
  • Monthly Conclave Attendance
  • Sponsored Research Office and Grant Office interaction(s)
  • Dissertation Defense Observation(s)
  • Research Service Days
  • Two research seminars with selected NSU faculty researchers per semester

What Can You Gain as a Razor’s Edge Research Scholar?

A Minor

Coursework in Research Studies

A Scholarship

Annual $24,000 Scholarship Package

A Network

Long-lasting Friendships That Become Successful Career Connections

An Edge

Unique Hands-on Experiences That Boost Your Skills and Résumé

Program and Minor Requirements

Earn a Minor in Research Studies

As a Research Scholar, you’ll minor in Research Studies to enhance your critical-thinking and analytical skills. Excelling in these minor courses positions you to use newfound tools and knowledge to make a difference on the NSU campus.

To earn the minor, you must complete 15 credit hours, including

  • RAZR 1000R - Seminar in Research Design and Implementation I (3 credits)
  • RAZR 2000R - Seminar in Research Design and Implementation II (3 credits)
  • RAZR 3000 - Quantitative Research Design and Statistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • RAZR 2501 - Field Experience (1 credit)
  • RAZR 3501 - Field Experience (1 credit)
  • RAZR 3502 - Field Experience (1 credit)
  • RAZR 4501 - Field Experience (1 credit)
  • RAZR 4502 - Field Experience (2 credits)

Required GPA: Earn a grade of “B” (3.0) or better in each undergraduate course used to satisfy the minor, and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Student Working

What else do we expect from our Research Scholars?

You’ll come to NSU with a potentially brilliant scientific mind destined for success. Through the Razor’s Edge Program, you’ll learn to channel that intelligence and become a future leader in the world of research.

Community Engagement
Research Scholars work closely with faculty members and NSU researchers to solve complex problems and unearth exciting new findings in important fields, such as STEM and genetics.

Academic Excellence
Research Scholars are among NSU’s top students, committed to excelling in a challenging curriculum.

Cocurricular Participation
Research Scholars are active participants in several activities outside the classroom, including

  • Research week - an opportunity for Sharks to present research projects and implement small studies (e.g., student surveys, focus groups)
  • Conclaves, research seminars, and field experience

Serve as a Student Success Mentor
In your first year, you’ll receive training on how to be a student success mentor. In your second and third years, you’ll serve as an active mentor. In your fourth year, it will be your turn to train members of the incoming Razor’s Edge class and share what you’ve learned during your time as a mentor.

Live on Campus
Scholars are required to live on campus all four years.

Academic Requirements at a Glance

GPA

2.5 Cumulative

Strong Academic Performance

Students Are Expected to Pass All Classes

Full Time

Must Be Full Time Until the Last Semester

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Program Contact

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dana Mills at dmills@nova.edu or (954) 262-7818.

Prospective Students

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Current Razor’s Edge Leadership Scholars

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