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:
- Complete an online training course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) before their initial research stipend check is released. CITI Instructions for Summer Science Researchers;
- Submit a protocol to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) if the proposed research involves the use of nonhuman vertebrate animals. Research projects that involve the use of nonhuman vertebrate animals cannot be conducted without IACUC approval. More information about the IACUC protocols.
- Devote full time to the project for at least ten weeks during the summer. Students who cannot devote ten weeks of full time work to their research should not apply;
- Not enroll in summer classes;
- Not hold full-time employment while engaged in research. Limited part-time employment will only be allowed with the permission of the faculty advisor and Associate Dean Nick Kontogeorgopoulos;
- Submit their final Summer Research project to document that they completed the work. Depending on their research project, the work they upload may be a poster, a paper, visual art, or another form that demonstrates their effort;
- Present their work at the Summer Quest Symposium held in early September;
- Complete both the pre-summer and post-summer research surveys.
Grant recipients will receive stipends in two payments. The first payment is issued in May, and the final $500 payment is issued after all the requirements listed above are fulfilled.
While not required, students are encouraged to present the results of their work at a regional, national, or international research conferences.
Types of Awards
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. Mellam recipients also receive up to an additional $2,000 toward materials and other expenses directly related to the project. The top ranked proposals will be considered for Agricola Scholar or McCormick Scholar awards.
Agricola Scholar Award
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
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:
- A brief statement describing the mentor's role in the project and the expected commitment of time to the project.
- A statement of how the project fits into the faculty member's long-term research program.
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 Agricola or McCormick project funds are not eligible for University Enrichment Student Research awards for the same project.
The online application is due no later than 5 p.m. on March 6.