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Summer Research Program

The DISCOVER Center will fund 10-15 student research grants in summer 2014 for undergraduate students working with a faculty mentor on a research project or creative endeavor. Students selected for a research grant receive room and board and a $1,000 stipend.
How do you find a faculty mentor?
Students interested in working with a faculty member on research, scholarship, or creative activity may either directly contact a faculty member who seems to be doing work in a field that interests the student; or use our database of faculty. The database is updated as new information is received.

To be eligible for a Summer Research Program grant, students must be undergraduates in good academic standing who are collaborating with a faculty mentor on a research project or creative activity. Student projects must be related to the faculty mentor's scholarship. Students who will be August graduates are not eligible.

Proposals are jointly submitted by the student and faculty mentor. Be prepared to provide the following information:
  • Name and contact information (local address, telephone number, and e-mail address) for the student submitting the proposal
  • Purpose of the project
  • Personal statement that might include why the particular project was selected, accomplishments to date, and what impact the project may have on the student's future career plans
  • Significance of the project to the faculty mentor's scholarship
  • Description of the student's specific duties and responsibilities for the project
  • Anticipated week-by-week schedule of student's activities for the duration of the project
  • Evidence of Institutional Review Board approval (or pending approval) for any projects involving human or animal subjects
  • Letter of recommendation from the faculty mentor
Proposals may be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail or via campus mail to Dr. Liane Summerfield, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, Rowley Hall room 1004.

Summer research grant proposals are due March 28, 2014.