Program Timelines

Program Dates for 2023-2024

SUMMER 2023

June 12 - July 21

(with a break from July 3-7)Students work 40 hours per week

Weekdays 8:00am to 4:00pm

ACADEMIC YEAR 2023-2024

August - March

(with a Dec./Jan. break) Students work 6 hours per week

Tuesday/Thursdays (1:00-4:00PM)


EXTENDED OPTION 2023-2024

June - July; Aug. 25 - March 30

Combined Summer 2023 and Academic Year 2022-2023 dates


Three Timelines, Infinite Opportunity

Summer Mentorship

Available for Durham and Online Students!

The Summer Mentorship program is offered to both NCSSM Durham and NCSSM Online students for 5 weeks in the summer. Students live on campus and are provided transportation to and from their research sites. Students are typically on-site Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM. As part of the Durham-hosted Summer Research & Innovation Program (SRIP), Summer Mentorship students can interact with the larger community of other student researchers and innovators when they are not off-campus for research. Participating in Summer Mentorship excludes students from participating in other SRIP opportunities offered by NCSSM and full commitment is required.

All accepted Mentorship juniors will automatically be enrolled in MR3080 Mentorship: Foundations in Research elective course required 2nd semester. Student's preference for the 1 hour weekly course meeting block (evening options only) will be collected upon submission of student's commitment. Students must successfully complete the MR3080 course and consistently meet all program criteria in order to begin and continue participation in the Summer Mentorship Program within SRIP.

Mentors available in 2023-2024 will be announced as part of the spring course. The process of securing a mentor is administered as part of the spring course by the Director of Mentorship and Research and is dependent on student's taking ownership of the mentor search procedures and deadlines. Students do NOT ask mentors directly at any point before or during the Mentorship Program.

Academic Year Mentorship

Available for Durham Students!

The Academic Year Mentorship Program is offered to NCSSM Durham students only during the school year for both semesters of their senior year. Students travel to their research location twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, during afternoon blocks and flexible use time. Students will typically remain on site from 1PM-4PM (not including travel time). The Academic Year Mentorship program counts as credit for one of the five core classes each student is required to take during the academic year.

All accepted Mentorship juniors will automatically be enrolled in MR3080 Mentorship: Foundations in Research elective course required 2nd semester. Student's preference for the 1 hour weekly course meeting block (evening options only) will be collected upon submission of student's commitment. Students must successfully complete the MR3080 course and consistently meet all program criteria in order to begin and continue participation in the MR4050 and MR4051 Senior Mentorship courses required for the academic year Mentorship Program.

Mentors available in 2023-2024 will be announced as part of the spring course. The process of securing a mentor is administered as part of the spring course by the Director of Mentorship and Research and is dependent on student's taking ownership of the mentor search procedures and deadlines. Students do NOT ask mentors directly at any point before or during the Mentorship Program.

Extended Mentorship

Available for Durham Students!

The Extended Mentorship Program is offered to NCSSM Durham students only. It is a combination of Summer Mentorship and Academic Year Mentorship . Students will participate in research for 5 weeks during the summer (Monday-Friday, 8AM-4PM. During their senior year, students will continue their research by traveling to their research site twice a week (Tuesday/Thursday, 1PM-4PM not including travel time). The Extended Mentorship program counts as credit for one of the five core classes each student is required to take during the academic year. As the program begins in the summer, Extended Mentorship is part of Durham-hosted Summer Research & Innovation Program (SRIP). Participating in Extended Mentorship excludes students from participating in other SRIP opportunities offered by NCSSM.

All accepted Mentorship juniors will automatically be enrolled in MR3080 Mentorship: Foundations in Research elective course required 2nd semester. Student's preference for the 1 hour weekly course meeting block (evening options only) will be collected upon submission of student's commitment. Students must successfully complete the MR3080 course and consistently meet all program criteria in order to begin and continue participation in the Summer Mentorship Program within SRIP and the MR4050 and MR4051 Senior Mentorship courses required for the academic year Mentorship Program.

Mentors available in 2023-2024 will be announced as part of the spring course. The process of securing a mentor is administered as part of the spring course by the Director of Mentorship and Research and is dependent on student's taking ownership of the mentor search procedures and deadlines. Students do NOT ask mentors directly at any point before or during the Mentorship Program.