Summer Scholars Program
What’s your obsession? Particle physics? History of dance? Early American political poetry? Crepidula Fornicata? Kant? Spend this summer working closely with a faculty mentor and a cohort of like-minded nerds from across the disciplines in Tufts’ Summer Scholars program.
The Summer Scholars program funds rising juniors and seniors to pursue ten-week independent research projects. As part of the program, you will work closely with a faculty mentor to create a poster to present at a poster session in the fall. Summer Scholars then present the next stage of your research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring. Often, the summer project will culminate in your senior honors thesis.
The program is open to Tufts undergraduates currently in their second or third year of study with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Each student can only apply with one faculty mentor, and each faculty mentor is limited to apply with one student. Faculty mentors must be Tufts faculty, and can come from any of the Schools.
For more information, see this read-only PDF of the online application.
For information about the selection process, see this read-only PDF of a sample rubric.
To download the Programs Requirements, see Program Requirements.
Applications are due March 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expectations and Award
- $3500 living stipend for the student
- $1000 research budget for the student, available to you until you graduate
- $1000 research award for the faculty mentor, deposited directly into their research account
- A limited number of housing scholarships are available to students who receive financial aid from Tufts. This scholarship consists of a room in Hill Hall through first and second Summer Session, as well as a full meal plan. These scholarships are awarded based on seniority and financial need.
The Summer Scholars program is a full-time commitment. As such, students are discouraged to pursue full-time employment. Students may work 5-10 hours per week if approved by Anne Moore. Additionally, students may not take summer classes or participate in internships while participating in the program. Students need to commit to the program full-time for at least ten weeks.
Each faculty member can only apply with one student.
Students are expected to present their work three times:
- At a two-day conference at the end of the second summer session
- At a poster session in the fall
- At the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium the following spring
Students can conduct research abroad, but need to secure an affiliation in their host country to do so. For more information, see our official policy on student travel.
While the dates of the ten-week program are flexible, we do ask that those students who are not conducting their research abroad be on campus for the end-of-year conference, which is held during the fifth week of Summer Session II.
The Tufts Summer Scholars Program is funded by the Office of the Provost and by generous gifts from Andrew Bendetson, A81, in honor of Laura and Martin Bendetson; Steven J. Eliopoulos, A89, and Joyce J. Eliopoulos; Robert S. Gatof, A81, and Kimberly D. Gatof, J82; Justine Pokoik Hopkins, A04; George C. Kokulis, A82; John L. Kokulis, E81; Linda G. Le Breton, J85; Ashleigh E. Nelson, J97, and Justin D. Nelson, A98; and the Board of Trustees in honor of former Chairman, Mr. Nathan Gantcher, A62, H04.
The program is also supported by the Schwartz-Paddock Family Fellowships in the Visual and Performing Arts, the Helen and Werner Lob Student Research Fund in Economics, and the Christopher Columbus Discovery Summer Scholarships for research spanning disciplinary boundaries. The Summer Scholars Program is administered by the Office of Undergraduate Education.
2017 Application Timeline
|Wednesday, November 9||Application opens|
|Friday, March 3, 2017 @ 5:00 PM||Applications due|
|March 13-24||Selection Committee Meetings|
|Week of March 27||Applicants notified of status|
|Friday, April 14||Deadline to confirm acceptance of award; waitlisted applicants notified|