The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy offers support to faculty who collaborate with students on meaningful and educational research on policy-relevant research projects for 8-12 weeks during the summer of 2019.

To pair faculty with a student or students who share an interest in a research topic through mutual consent, faculty mentors are asked to provide a brief explanation of their policy-relevant research interests (description below) by Feb. 11, 2019 and participate in an Information Session on Feb. 14, 2019, 11 - 11:52 a.m., to meet prospective research fellows. Students will then meet individually with faculty to formulate the research project and educational experience.

Once paired with a student, faculty are asked to support the student(s) in preparing their application(s), and to provide a supporting letter including learning goals/educational outcomes expected for the student fellow(s). If the application is successful, faculty will guide students through an educational and meaningful research experience, and assist the research fellow in preparing a public presentation of their research, at preferably the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium (SVURS). Additionally, faculty are expected to help plan and participate in the summer research workshop series. Faculty mentors will receive a $1000 stipend for mentoring a student or students.

Workshop Series

Fellows will participate in a weekly summer workshop series. The summer weekly workshop series includes research and professional development sessions for the students. It is an enriching experience that also provides the student fellows with a sense of belonging in a research community.

Faculty Application Process

Faculty should submit a short bio and a brief explanation of their policy-relevant research interests to help provide information for the student fellow applicants at the Information Session. Materials should be sent to Carrie Ellis, Program Coordinator,, by 5 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2019. Please direct program questions to Amy Wolaver, Director, or Vanessa Massaro, BIPP Undergraduate Research Programming Fellow.

After faculty have met individually with interested student fellows and have determined a research project and learning goals for the student(s), the student(s) will apply to the program and include a letter of intent that outlines the method(s) they will be learning and research topic they will apply those methods to. The faculty will separately submit a letter of support that includes the learning goals/educational outcomes for the student fellow. These are due Friday, March 8, 2019, 5 p.m. to Carrie Ellis,

As guidance, templates for all of these materials and additional information are available below:

Selection Criteria

The student's application and faculty support letter must clearly describe the proposed methods and topic area to be explored, the significance of the topic for public policy, convince the readers that the project can be completed in 8-12 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.

Note: If the proposed project involves human or animal subjects, it is the student and faculty member's responsibility to obtain any required IRB or IACUC approvals.