Expectations for the Research Fellows
Successful applicants are expected to:
- Conduct their research on a full-time basis for not less than eight nor more than 12 weeks.
- Present their research, preferably at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium. Alternative presentation venues, on or off-campus, include the Sigma Xi poster session, a Posters Plus presentation and/or the Kalman Research Symposium.
- Attend weekly workshops on research and professional development.
- Submit at the end of the summer a self-assessment and summary of their experience for potential publication by the BIPP.
After being paired with a faculty member through mutual consent, you will work with the faculty member to craft an application. Your application will consist of the following components:
- A letter of intent of no more than two pages that should describe your research topic and include the research method(s) you will learn and apply. It should clearly explain how you will use the time in your fellowship and any anticipated results.
- A student transcript
- A writing sample
- A letter of support submitted separately by your faculty mentor.
Template for student letter of intent
Note: If the proposed project involves human or animal subjects, it is the responsibility of the student and faculty mentor to obtain any required Institutional Review Board or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
If you have questions about your application as you are developing it, please contact Professor Amy Wolaver, director, or Professor Vanessa Massaro, undergraduate research programming fellow.
The student’s application and faculty support letter must clearly describe the student’s proposed research methods, the topic to be explored, and the significance of the topic for public policy. It must also offer evidence that the project can be completed in eight to 12 weeks, demonstrate that the student and faculty member will collaborate closely, articulate clear educational outcomes and demonstrate that the project is primarily for the educational benefit of the student.
Apply for a Fellowship
Application deadline: 5 p.m., March 6, 2020.
Applications must be submitted through the link below.
For Faculty Mentors
Faculty mentors should email their letter of support to Carrie Ellis, program coordinator, email@example.com, by the above application deadline.