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Summer Research — Information for Faculty

Learn the important deadlines and processes for faculty members to secure funding for student summer research fellows.
Professor Spencer Kelly and his students prepare a test subject for their research.As a faculty member, there are three ways in which you may sponsor a student researcher or worker over the summer. Click or scroll down to learn more:
  1. Faculty-initiated fellowships
  2. Student-initiated fellowships
  3. Student hourly wage positions
Also see additional notes and guidelines.

For Students

If you are a student looking to apply for a summer research position, please see the summer research information page for students.

Faculty-initiated Fellowships

Research projects in this model are designed and proposed by faculty members, who request support for summer student collaborators. Under this model, faculty members submit one or more proposals for mentoring student researchers. Proposals will be put forth by submission through a form made available to faculty in an email (from the Dean of the Faculty or Division Director) announcing the process, or by clicking the link below.


Once approved, the summer research opportunities are shared with students early in the spring semester.
Note: If seeking basic administrative and clerical support, faculty should not apply for a faculty-initiated fellowship position. Instead, please see student hourly wage positions (below). Violations of this guideline may impact future funding decisions.
The timeline for this form of funding is provided in the table below.

Important Deadlines

Stages Deadlines
Faculty submit proposal(s) online
Target date for announcements of approved projects to faculty
Students apply online for up to three selections for research projects
Faculty decisions are announced to students (e-mailed from division directors)
Students reply to faculty, undergraduate research office via online form
Students submit paperwork and housing application that includes start and end dates to the Division Director

Student-initiated Fellowships

As a faculty member, students may approach you with ideas or proposals for research projects beyond the normal scope of your regular research. Such a project may receive university funding so long as you agree to supervise the project and provide guidance to the student researcher.

Students and their advising faculty member should apply for funding jointly. Click to learn more about student-initiated fellowship applications.

Student Hourly Wage Positions

Research assistantships will also be available for students to support faculty research that may not have the format of a student project. These positions will involve hourly pay. To obtain this type of funding, faculty must apply to the Research Council, according to posted guidelines.

Additional Notes and Guidelines for Summer Research

  • All funding categories involve direct faculty supervision.
  • Graduating seniors are not eligible for these fellowships
  • Faculty members interested in either funding option may direct proposals to the appropriate division director. The division undertaking the review should be one in which the faculty member maintains a continuing appointment or affiliation.
  • Faculty members are expected to provide student researchers with appropriate levels of guidance and supervision. In particular, faculty must make arrangements when they will be unavailable for consultation for a period of more than two weeks. For students working in a laboratory with potential hazards, the faculty must arrange for a colleague to oversee the student activities and be available in case of emergency.
  • At the conclusion of the project, students must provide to the office of the Center for Learning Teaching and Research an abstract with the accomplishments of the project written for the non-specialist.
  • Faculty members are eligible for SUMR credit according to guidelines.
  • Research assistantships will also be available for students to support faculty research that may not have the format of a student project. (See Student Hourly Wage Positions.)

Contact Information

Questions regarding the summer research application process and funding opportunities may be directed to:

Karyn Belanger, Director of Undergraduate Research

Approved by the DAC, October 19, 2015 - 2016 Summer Research Guidelines