A complete application for the AHSS Summer Research Awards will contain the following:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. Summary of the project (one paragraph) in language appropriate for readers who are not specialists in the field.
  3. Project proposal describing the work to be done (no more than three pages, single spaced, 12 pt. font).  Remember that the proposal may be reviewed by persons outside the field of study, so it is important to provide sufficient background to enable a non-specialist to understand the nature, significance, and methods of the proposed research. The description must include:
    1. a plan outlining the question to be investigated and the student’s approach to the problem in the context of existing approaches in the field.  (If applying for the Richard Bangs Collier Award also include a statement about the interdisciplinary nature of the project).
    2. a statement of the project’s goals and explanation of why this research is important. 
    3. a description of the educational training, coursework, or other relevant experiences that have prepared the student for this project.
    4. a bibliography or list of data or materials to be consulted.
    5. a description of how you will maintain contact with your project advisor in person and/or by email if you plan to conduct your research away from campus.
  4. Letter from a Puget Sound faculty member with appropriate expertise who will serve as supervisor of the project.  The letter should speak to the merits of the proposal as well as to the qualifications of the student applicant.
  5. Puget Sound transcript (may be official or unofficial) and transcripts of other university work, if relevant.  A Cascade printout of grades will not suffice as a transcript.  Please obtain a transcript from the Registrar’s office.
  6. If applicable, IRB, IACUC, and travel documentation. Important information about IRB and IACUC projects: If your project requires IRB or IACUC committee approval, it is your responsibility to submit your protocol in time to be reviewed and approved before the last IRB or IACUC committee meeting of the Spring semester. Stipends and supplemental funds may not be released for projects that have not secured review board approval before beginning the project. The approval document must be on file in the Associate Deans’ Office prior to beginning research and data collection. 


Proposal Evaluations

A minimum of two reviewers evaluate each proposal.  Reviewers assess the quality of each proposal, the feasibility of the project, and the academic background of the student researcher. 

Proposal Rankings

Following review, proposals are ranked by a committee of faculty members from the arts, humanities and social sciences.  In considering the comparative merits of proposals from several disciplines, the committee will also consider how the available pool of funds can best be used to advance the greatest number of meritorious projects that are in keeping with the program’s intent.  The university will maintain flexibility in administering grants, in recognition of the fact that equally deserving projects may present quite different structures. The committee will make recommendations to the Associate Dean (acting on behalf of the Provost), who will review the recommendations, confirm appropriate funding, and make the final awards. In the case of equally ranked proposals, preference will be given to students who have not previously had a summer research award.