become a SEAL, go to the "Apply Online" page. Fill out and return
the form as directed on the application. These applications are
reviewed by the SEAL faculty and students and hiring decisions made.
If accepted as a SEAL, you would be working on scientific research
projects proposed by Louisiana businesses under the guidance of
Southeastern faculty. In addition, you would be expected to
prepare reports on your research for presentation to clients and to
advertise and promote the SEAL program. Presentation of
research results would be made to clients and at scientific meeting of
regional, national and international scope. Promotional presentations
would be made at Louisiana high schools or to other Louisiana
No experience is necessary – the purpose of the SEAL program is to teach you how to do these sorts of things.
The SEAL program is open to all student levels, but freshmen and
sophomores are especially encouraged to apply. It is open to all
majors, although the sort of research
performed would probably appeal most to science majors. But business
majors who expect to work in technical areas with scientists might
profit from participation in the SEAL program.
are expected to work 20 hours per week during regular semesters and 40
hours per week for six weeks in the summer. It is important that
you consider carefully whether you can fulfill this obligation before
you apply. Adjustments will be made to accommodate coursework (in fact,
SEALs are expected to maintain superior academic performance), but
SEALs are expected to move the projects of industry clients along.
There are three levels in the SEAL program: researcher, senior
researcher and manager, each with higher pay and progressively greater
responsibility. You begin as a researcher and can advance as you
demonstrate ability and dedication and accept greater responsibility.
Performs daily research activities
Reports on research results
Prepares research proposals for clients
SENIOR STUDENT RESEARCHER:
As above, plus
Delegates and coordinates research activities
Supervise the preparation of proposals and reports
As above, plus
Responsiblity for safety
Responsibility for finances
Responsibility for performance of other SEALs
Examples of the daily tasks of a SEAL are:
· Constructing or modifying a viscometer
· Synthesizing chemical compounds
· Calibrating a refractive index detector
· Measuring light scattered by a polymer solution
· Preparing samples for calibration and measurement or characterization
· Analyzing measurement data with scientific software and theoretical models.
· Analyzing IR, NMR, GC-MS, and GC spectra.