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.
Students currently enrolled at Puget Sound who are returning the following fall semester and planning to conduct research in the fields of exercise science, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, mathematics, or computer science are eligible to apply for a Summer Science Research Grant. Interdisciplinary projects are eligible only if the home department of the proposed research advisor 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 advisors. Field-based projects under the direction of Puget Sound professors are 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. Awards are made only 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 encouraged to present the results of their work at a regional, national or international research conferences.
There are several types of general awards, including the Mellam Scholar, Summer Science Scholar, Adam S. Goodman Scholar, Simpson Tacoma Kraft Scholar, Washington NASA Space Grant Scholar, and John Gilbertson Scholar. Recipients of a general award receive a $3,250 summer stipend. Students can also prepare a longer application to the more distinguished Agricola, McCormick and Clare Boothe Luce Scholar Awards, which are described below.
Summer Research Grant stipends are intended to pay for living expenses during the summer. The summer stipend is not intended to supplement external research programs such as NSF-REU programs or field camps.
Students who receive Clare Boothe Luce, Agricola, or McCormick project funds are not eligible for University Enrichment Student Research awards for the same project.
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. Agricola was among the first to create scientific order out of knowledge derived from practical work and based his writings on careful observation and experience, often rejecting the superstitions of his time.
Agricola Scholars receive a summer stipend of $3750; funds of up to 150% of the stipend may be requested for research expenses associated with the project. Awarded funds must be expended before May 1 of the year following the summer research; unused funds will be awarded to other students the following year.
Agricola Faculty Mentors
A faculty member supervising and collaborating with an Agricola Scholar may receive a stipend of $1000.
McCormick Scholar Award recipients receive a $3,750 summer stipend and may request project funds to cover the cost of materials used in research, or to defray other costs such as travel or services related to data collection. These project funds will not exceed $5,000. Awarded funds must be expended before May 1 of the year following the summer research; unused funds will be awarded to other students the following year.
McCormick Faculty Mentors
Faculty who are mentoring McCormick Scholars may apply for a McCormick Faculty Mentor award. These applications are to be 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, rather than projects in which the student works independently under supervision of a faculty advisor. The faculty stipend is proportionate to the work anticipated and will not exceed $4,000.
The Agricola Faculty Mentor and McCormick Faculty Mentor applications will include:
The Clare Boothe Luce Scholar program is open to female students working in computer science, mathematics, geology, physics, or chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical only). Clare Boothe Luce Scholars commit to 10 weeks of full-time summer research and being part of a mentoring community during the summer, including ePortfolio reflections. They also commit to participating in monthly events (talks, professional development workshops, etc.) during the academic year following their summer of research.
Clare Boothe Luce Scholar Award recipients receive a $5,500 stipend and may request project funds to cover the cost of materials used in research (up to $1,200) and/or to defray domestic travel costs related to data collection. Students may also request conference travel support up to $1350. Awarded funds must be expended before May 1 of the year following the summer of research.
Clare Boothe Luce Faculty Mentors
Faculty who are mentoring Clare Boothe Luce Scholars will receive a $2000 stipend and may request conference travel support up to $1350.
Questions about the Clare Boothe Luce Scholars program can be directed to Dr. Amy Spivey, Professor of Physics, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application and advisor recommendation for the general science and mathematics summer research awards are due by Wednesday March 3, 2021 11:59 P.M. The information about the application, guidelines, and the upload link are available at the following address:
Students who also want to be considered for the more prestigious Agricola, McCormick and Clare Boothe Luce Scholar Awards should first complete a general award application by March 3, 2021, and the more extensive application specific to these three awards by March 17, 2021 11:59 P.M.
The Research Advisor recommendation form is to be completed when a student applies for a general Science Summer Grant. If the student also applies for a McCormick, Agricola or Clare Boothe Luce Scholar Award, which requires that the student writes a more extensive proposal, you can submit the same recommendation that was provided for the general award and provide answers to the supplementary questions in Part 2 within the form.
Award recipients will receive stipends in two payments. The first payment is issued on or about May 15, and the remaining $500 payment is issued after the research report is submitted to the Associate Dean, following the Fall Student Research Poster Symposium presentation in early September. If the public presentation, survey, and research reports are not completed by September 21, the final $250 payment will be forfeited and returned to the pool of funds to be awarded to other students the following summer.
See this page for sample proposals that were funded in prior years. These proposals exemplify the scope and depth of project development required of proposals that are ultimately funded. Sample proposals are protected and cannot be printed.