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2015 Summer Science Research Program

Photos from 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium can be seen here.

This summer, Holy Cross will run a summer science research program that will fund a number of student researchers and provide associated programming using funds from various institutional grants. Student research projects eligible for this program are in the natural sciences, including physics, mathematics and computer science, chemistry, biology, and biological psychologyThe program is scheduled to run for 9 weeks, beginning on Monday, June 1 and ending on Friday, July 31, 2015. Students accepted into the program will be paid a stipend of $400 per week and receive a $84 weekly allowance for a room on campus. In addition, each student will receive up to $500 for research supplies, and up to $800 travel budget to be used in presenting research findings at regional or national conferences. Student participants will perform campus-based research under the direction of a Holy Cross faculty member.

Student research projects in the social sciences, arts, and humanities are eligible for the Mellon Summer Research program. Additional information can be found here. 

If you are interested in applying for the summer science research program, you need to do several things soon.

First, you need to talk with a Holy Cross professor who will be doingresearch this summer at the College about the possibility of your working with her or him. Many faculty are willing to support research students this summer. In order to apply for a summer science research fellowship, you will need a Holy Cross faculty sponsor with whom you will be doing your research. Thus it is important for you to approach faculty members with whom you are interested in working as soon as possible. You should find out what they are working on and develop a tentative research proposal.

Second, you need to complete an application consisting of a personal statement of interest and a description of your research project. The application must be accompanied by an unofficial copyof your most current transcript (available from STAR).  In addition, a letter of recommendation should be sent by your summer research faculty mentor.

NOTE: Completed application, transcript, and letter of mentor's recommendation are to be completed by 5 PM on Friday, February 13, 2015.

  • For an online application, please click here.

Selection Process

The award is made to the student, so the primary mode of selection will be based on the application of individual student. Other factors will be considered, however. Factors (not necessarily in order of priority) that will weigh in the selection process include: academic record, faculty recommendation, plans after graduation, interest in the research project, whether participation in the research project will continue during the academic year, progress made during the previous summer (if applicable), and how many students have applied to work with a particular faculty member or within a particular department. Traditionally, this has been a competitive program, with more qualified applicants than can be funded.

If you have any questions concerning these student-research fellowships, please contact the science coordinator, Prof. Daniel Bitran, by e-mail (dbitran) or by phone (ext. 3329).