The Summer Research Program in the Sciences and Mathematics is designed to encourage and support research projects conducted by Puget Sound students and their faculty mentors in the natural sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, or exercise science. The grant program seeks to foster imagination, creativity, and accomplishment.
Any student currently enrolled at Puget Sound who is returning the following Fall semester and planning to conduct research in the fields of exercise science, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, mathematics, or computer science is eligible to apply for a Summer Science Research Grant. Eligibility of interdisciplinary projects that are conducted at the intersection of the above mentioned fields are eligible only if the home department of the proposed research adviser is one of the departments listed above. The proposed project may be laboratory-based, field-based, theoretical, or any combination thereof. Although off-campus research projects are eligible, preference will be given to students working with Puget Sound advisers. Field-based projects under the direction of Puget Sound professors are, in this context, considered "on-campus." In most cases, the completion of at least two years of college coursework is necessary to achieve the level of sophistication needed for the development of a competitive proposal; however, first-year students are eligible to apply. Grants are awarded for work scheduled to be completed before graduation. Students who have previously received a Summer Research grant are eligible to re-apply; all applications will be evaluated solely on merit.
Students who receive summer funding agree to:
While not required, students are also encouraged to present the results of their work at a regional, national or international research conference (one possible venue is the Regional Conference on Undergraduate Research sponsored by the Murdock College Science Research Program in the Fall of 2016).
With the guidance of their faculty mentors, students may apply for either a General Award, an Agricola Scholar Award, or a McCormick Scholar Award. (Students who apply for and do not receive an Agricola or McCormick award are automatically considered for one of the general awards.)
There are several types of General Awards, including the Mellam Summer Scholar, Summer Science Scholar, Adam S. Goodman Research Scholar, Simpson Tacoma Kraft Research Scholar, Washington NASA Space Grant Summer Research Scholar, and John Gilbertson Research Scholar. Recipients of a General Award receive a $3,250 summer stipend. Mellam recipients also receive up to an additional $2,000 toward materials and other expenses directly related to the project. For all General Awards, there is only one application and the type of award given depends on the proposal ranking and in some cases subject matter or other requirements by the donor or the award.
Students may apply for a General Award, an Agricola Scholar Award, or a McCormick Scholar Award, or all of the above. Agricola and McCormick proposals must, however, emphasize a particularly close collaboration with the Puget Sound faculty mentor. There is no penalty for applying for both types of awards; Agricola and McCormick proposals that are not funded will automatically be considered for one of the General Awards.
Agricola Scholar Award is designed to encourage and support original collaborative research projects between Puget Sound faculty and students in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The award seeks to foster intellectual growth, creative thinking, discovery, and professional development. It is named after Georgius Agricola (1494-1555), the "Father of Geology," a German scholar, scientist, and physician who worked in the mining regions of Bohemia. He was amount the first to create scientific order out of knowledge derived from practical work, basing his writings on careful observation and experience and rejecting the superstitions of his time.
Recipients will engage in original research, collaboration, and presentation of results. An Agricola Scholar grant will receive a summer stipend of $3750. Funds of up to 150% of the stipend may also be requested for research expenses associated with the proposed project. A faculty member supervising and collaborating with an Agricola Scholar may receive a stipend up to the amount of the student stipend. Awarded funds must be expended (and reimbursement for them requested) before May 1, 2017. Unused funds will return to the pool to be awarded to another student for the following year. Agricola applications undergo an additional review step and are therefore due one week earlier, March 4, 2016, than applications for the General Awards.
Agricola Faculty Mentors
Members of the faculty mentoring Agricola Scholars are eligible to receive a stipend up to the amount of the student stipend. Please see the application guidelines for details.
McCormick Scholar Award recipients receive a $3,750 summer stipend and may also request funds to cover the cost of materials used in research or to defray other costs directly associated with the proposed project, such as travel or services. These direct project awards will normally not exceed $5,000. Awarded funds must be expended (and reimbursement for them be requested) before May 1, 2016. Unused funds will return to the pool to be awarded to another student for the following year. McCormick applications undergo an additional review step and are therefore due one week earlier, March 4, 2016, than applications for the General Awards.
Student stipends are intended to pay for living expenses during the summer. The summer stipend is not intended to supplement organized external research programs, such as NSF-REU programs or field camps. Students who receive direct project funds are not eligible for University Enrichment student research funding for the same project.
McCormick Faculty Mentors
Members of the faculty mentoring McCormick Scholars may apply independently for a McCormick Faculty Mentor award. These applications are submitted within one week following the announcement of the student awards. It was Dr. McCormick's purpose "to encourage and support cooperative research projects between Puget Sound faculty and students." The program is designed to support research in which a student and faculty mentor actively collaborate, as opposed to projects in which the student works independently and has a faculty adviser. The faculty stipend is proportionate to the work anticipated and will not exceed $4,000. While award eligibility is mandated by the donor and does not allow use of the money in a way that would maximize fairness or equity among faculty members, McCormick Faculty grants will not be given to the same faculty mentor in two consecutive years. This may in some cases influence the overall proposal ranking.
The Agricola and McCormick Faculty Mentor applications will include:
Applications will be reviewed and ranked by the same committee that selected student award recipients. If there are more faculty applications than money available, the committee may consider whether the applicant received a mentor award in previous years.
A PDF scan of the complete application package including all required signatures should be submitted via email to email@example.com no later than 4 p.m. on March 11, 2016 for general awards and no later than March 4, 2016 for Agricola and McCormick awards. Awards will be announced on or before April 11, 2016.
Grant recipients will receive their stipends in two payments: The first $2,750 payment (or $3,250 in the case of Agricola and McCormick Scholars) is issued on or about May 15, and the final $500 payment is issued after the final report is submitted to the Associate Dean, following the Fall Student Research Poster Symposium presentation in early September. If the public presentation and final reports, required under the grant, are not completed by September 21, 2016, the final $500 payment will be forfeited and returned to the pool of funds to be awarded to another student the following summer.
See this page for sample proposals that were funded in 2014. These proposals are provided to exemplify the scope and depth of project development required of proposals that are ultimately funded. Sample proposals are protected and cannot be printed.