Div I and II Summer Research Program

Class of 1957 Summer Research Program

January 2017

To: Faculty in Divisions I and II
From: Megan Konieczny, Assistant Dean of Faculty

I am pleased to announce the continuation of a program that provides summer research assistance to Division I and II faculty. The goal of the program is to enhance student-faculty collaboration on faculty research projects. Faculty members apply to work with current first-years, sophomores, and juniors. This year the program will run from Monday, June 12 through Friday, August 18 and the student stipend will be $440 per week—up to a maximum of ten weeks of full-time work.

Student participation in summer faculty research projects must be substantial and significant so as to provide authentic involvement in academic research. Projects comprised largely of clerical or background work performed by students will likely not be funded. There is no residency requirement but it is strongly preferred that students spend their time at Williams, as one of the goals of this initiative is to foster a student summer research climate on campus. In cases where research is best conducted elsewhere, the faculty sponsor should be in a position to monitor the off-site work. Also, please note that current seniors are ineligible for this program and that students should not plan to combine this opportunity with another campus job.

Many students look for summer work over spring break, so we hope to announce the funded projects before students leave in mid-March. In order to meet this goal, please apply online by Friday, February 24.

Click here to link to the PeopleSoft application. Login using your usual ID and password, then click through, in turn, Self Service / Learning and Development / Competitive Grants. You will then be prompted to complete a short application and to attach a one-page project description. The following information is required.

  • Project title and short summary
  • Name and class year of student
  • Start date, end date, and total number of weeks for the research project (10 weeks maximum, but shorter periods are fine; the stipend level assumes a full-time 40-hour work week; student vacation weeks do not count as paid time).
  • Will the student require housing? On-campus accommodations are provided free of charge from Monday, June 12 through Saturday, August 19. Please make every effort to schedule work with students within this timeframe as housing during the early and late summer “transitional” periods will be very limited this year. The Dean of the Faculty’s office cannot broker special housing arrangements outside of these dates. All students who live on campus are required to participate in one of the meal plans, which are offered to them at economical rates. The summer research program does not pay for student meals even if they decline the free housing.
  • Is this request for a backup or supplement to another grant or fellowship?

This program is not to be confused with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUFP) or the Allison Davis Research Fellowship (ADRF), both of which also support student summer research and are run out of the Office for Special Academic Programs. Rather, this program is funded in large part by a generous gift from the Class of 1957, and most student participants are designated as Class of ’57 Summer Research Fellows. We therefore ask participating students to submit a one-page report at the end of the summer, of suitable quality to be included in an annual report to the class.