Each year, in departments across campus, Middlebury students and faculty work together to produce original research, furthering faculty scholarship and deepening student engagement and learning.
Research assistants working during the academic year are paid, receive course credit or are volunteers. During the summer, research assistants are either paid or volunteer. Course credit is not available. Paid or unpaid, a research assistant is a formal relationship with responsibilities for both the faculty and the student. See more information specific for faculty mentors and student research assistants.
Funding for paid positions is available through individual faculty. Students must contact faculty to arrange a position.
Sources of funding for faculty during the academic year are:
- Faculty Research Assistant Fund (FRAF)
- Undergraduate Collaborative Research Fund (UCRF)
- Institutional and Individual Faculty Grants
- Gladstone Award
- Departmental Funding
In Addition for Summer:
Middlebury has a Summer Research Program each year with over 100 research assistants from across the disciplines funded from various sources. Undergraduate Research has several endowed funds available thanks to generous donors. Faculty can apply through the Summer Research Funds. A request for proposals goes out to faculty in February with a March deadline. See Hiring a Summer Research Assistant for more specific details.