Summer Research at Middlebury

Each summer at Middlebury, over 125 students are engaged in on-campus research with a faculty mentor. The topics range from Philosophy to Biochemistry. Most students are paid through various funding sources, including faculty grants and college endowed funds. Positions are available through individual faculty members. Students should contact faculty they wish to work with by March. See more information about research assistants.

For information on off-campus opportunities see Research Opportunities.

Summer Research: An Adventure in Learning (2012)

The Summer 2016 Research Program

Welcome Luncheon
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12-1 pm
McCardell Bicentennial Great Hall
for research assistants and their mentors. 
Pizza and salads will be served. If you have any dietary restrictions that need accommodating please let us know.

Research Luncheon: Faculty Researcher Panel
Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 12-1 pm 
Hillcrest 103
Join newer faculty for a discussion about the graduate school experience. Panel will include Julia Berazneva (Economics), Michael Dash (Psychology), Daniel Houghton (Digital Liberal Arts) and AJ Vasiliou (Chemistry) RSVP by 6/27.

Research Luncheon: How to Market Your Research Skills
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 12-1
Hillcrest 103 and 200
Grab lunch outside 103 and then separate into two groups (STEM in HLD 103 and arts/social sciences/humanities in HLD 200) to learn about how to represent your skills and find jobs and internships that want them. RSVP for lunch by 7/17.

Summer Research Symposium
Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 2 pm
McCardell Bicentennial Great Hall
Includes a poster session with refreshments. The entire campus community is invited to attend. See below information on how to present.

Lab Safety Trainings
If you will be working in a science position you are also required to attend a Lab Safety Training. Students: Either 6/1 from 3-4 pm, 6/14 from 11 am–12 pm or 7/11 from 2-3 pm in MBH 104. Faculty/Staff: Either 6/1 from 1:30-2:30 pm or 6/14 from 9:30-10:30 am in MBH 104. Contact Cathy Ekstrom for more information.


Presenting at the Symposium

To participate in the symposium presenters must submit an abstract by Thursday, July 21, 2016 by emailing the application to

Information will appear in the program at the event and online (2013summersympSample Program). Please get your professor's permission for release or have them contact URO about requesting restrictions.

Resources to help students prepare and print posters

Posters should be approximately 41" high x 64.5" wide in size. The height cannot be larger due to by the paper roll size in the available plotter printers. This width (or length) fits well on the provided poster boards. Your can adjust the size to fit your project as necessary. Poster plotters are located in Armstrong Library and in the Wilson Multimedia Lab (LIB 220) in the Davis Library. We recommend using Illustrator but other applications such as PowerPoint may also work well. Additional instructions on printing will be sent to those who submit abstracts. 

Using Illustrator for Posters
To assist students in generating quality images and posters of their summer research Mack Roark will lead two workshops and is available for individual appointments at or Digital Media Tutors are available in the Wilson Multimedia Development Lab (LIB  220).

Illustrator Workshops: Friday, 7/22 at 10-11 am and Tuesday, 7/26 at 2:30-3:30 pm in MBH 117. Sign up here and choose one timeslot to attend.

Student Symposium Presenter Information
Additional information and links on writing abstracts, creating posters, and who to contact for help can be found here.