Class of 1957 Summer Research Program

To: Faculty in Divisions I and II

From: Megan Konieczny, Assistant Dean of the Faculty

I am pleased to announce the continuation of a program that provides summer research assistance to our Division I and II faculty members. This program is funded in large part by a generous gift from the Class of 1957, with the intent to encourage and enhance in person student-faculty collaboration on our faculty members research projects, as well as fostering a climate of summer research here on our campus.

Faculty members can apply to work with current first-years, sophomores, and juniors. This year the program will run from Monday, June 15 – Friday August 21, and the student stipend will be $460 per week—with a maximum of ten weeks of full-time work.

In order to qualify for this funding, student participation in your summer research project must be substantial and significant enough to provide authentic involvement in your academic research. Projects comprised largely of clerical or background work performed by students will not be funded. There is also an expectation that students will spend a substantial amount of regularly scheduled time on campus along with the faculty member they are supporting.

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 21.

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.

  • A project title and short summary.
  • The name and class year of student you hope to hire.
  • The start date, end date, and the total number of weeks for the research project (10 weeks maximum, but shorter periods are fine).
  • The provision of a stipend assumes a full-time 40-hour work week. Therefore, please be mindful of establishing a start and end date that begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday. Also, please remember that student vacation weeks do not count as paid time.
  • A brief overview of your work plan and planned oversight of the student’s work on campus.
  • A one page proposal that describes your research project, and touches on the qualifications of the student.

Additional information to keep in mind:

Will the student require housing? On-campus accommodations are provided free of charge from Monday, June 15 @ 2:00 p.m. through Saturday, August 22 @ 12:00 noon. Please make every effort to schedule work with students within this timeframe as housing during the early and late summer “transitional” periods is limited. 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.

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, again, 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 require 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.