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Summer Research Partnerships offer students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and other students to pursue a research or creative project that produces a tangible result (publication, presentation, etc.). Students have from May 4-August 8, 2015 to complete their research.

To apply for a summer research stipend, send a completed Summer Research Partnership application to:
Undergraduate Research
115B Joyner Hall
An electronic copy of the application should be emailed to

Deadline:Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 12PM

Decisions will be communicated by Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 5PM

Application Review
The Undergraduate Research Committee reviews applications and makes funding recommendations. The following rubric will be used to assess your project.

If a research project is sustainability focused or related, you may be eligible for funds from the Environmental Sustainability Initiative (ESI). These funds are provided from a generous grant from the Margaret Cargill Foundation. This rubric will be used to assess your project. Please note that the highest rubric scores are attained by projects that consider the social and economic as well as the environmental implications of your research.

Stipends and Commitment
Summer Research Partnership awards are merit-based and range from $750 to $3,000, with amounts determined by the depth and extent of the project. A full award involves a commitment of 280 hours of work on the project, which be done on a full-time basis of 35 hours a week for eight weeks, part-time over a longer period. The amount of partial awards will be pro-rated based on the standard of $10.71 per hour of time committed. 

Projects that involve student collaborations are highly encouraged, and projects involving up to two students may submit a single application and project outline. Each student involved in the collaboration should outline their personal contribution to the project, including time commitment. Individual stipends will depend on individual commitment to the project.

Partnerships that blend scholarly research in collaboration with community agencies are also encouraged.

A Taste of Research

Students completing summer research showcase their findings at A Taste of Research, which occurs yearly in the fall semester.

Undergraduate Research Program


Contact Information:

Office of Academic Programs
104 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8514