GEARS in North Carolina

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the GEARS program will continue through Winter 2023 in an online/virtual format.

Global Education, Academics, and Research Skills

The GEARS Program is a unique academic, research and cultural exchange program that enables academically gifted domestic and international students to experience campus life and academic research at universities across North Carolina. Participants in this non-degree and non-credit program have a rich on-campus experience, participate in a variety of cultural and social programs, explore research relevant to programs at their home institution and present their work via a judged poster presentation exhibit. There are several sessions to choose from in Winter (January – February) and Summer (June – August).

This is a competitive full-time (35 hours per week) academic program that does not involve credit or culminate in a degree. Acceptance into this program is not guaranteed and also depends on the capacity and interest of relevant faculty and departments. Students are encouraged to apply early.

GEARS student demonstrating his research in the final poster presentation

This full-time program will:

  1. Introduce students to the life of a graduate student in the U.S.; visiting students can interact with local students, faculty, and researchers
  2. Introduce students to different aspects of studying at a U.S. graduate institution; as a visiting student, you will have the opportunity to engage in various workshops, visit and use university facilities, and engage in a study project. 
  3. Introduce students to university research (planning experiments, accomplishing research tasks, managing time, ethical issues in research, summarizing results, lab safety, using the library and other campus resources, etc.) Students will not engage in classified research or access research where IP issues are an issue, but we endeavor to pair students with faculty conducting relevant or similar research.
  4. Provide workshops on academic oral and digital presentation skills and various aspects of U.S. American culture.
  5. Support students as they determine if they are truly interested in pursuing a graduate research degree program at a North Carolina university or elsewhere in the U.S.
  6. Explore North Carolina* through a variety of site visits and cultural activities (*in-person GEARS programs when they resume)

GEARS Program Application

Accepting applications from October 10 to December 1, 2022 for the 2023 Winter GEARS session.

Possible Online Research Projects

This list of possible online research lab projects is updated regularly. Students can select 2 topics when applying.

Price: USD$1380 (online GEARS)

This price includes:

  • Lab placement and university fees
  • Online E-Poster & Presentation Skills workshop
  • Research Skills workshops
  • Online poster exhibit
  • Live webinar on Tips & Procedures for Graduate Admissions
  • GTI Certificate of program completion
  • A formal evaluation from mentoring professor

*Certain partner universities have special conditions and funding opportunities set up for their students. Please contact your university for specific partnership details.