URO and the Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Development's Office oversee several sources of support for summer research students. Faculty need to apply on a students behalf. Click the headings below for more details.
All funds have a maximum grant amount of $5,000 except UCRF which is $4,000 (stipend only).
These funds are intended to support student research and promote faculty development. Therefore, awarding of the funds will be based upon the following criteria:
- How well the project and/or student meet the criteria established for the fund
- Whether the faculty member already has external funding (lower ranking if yes)
- The quality of the proposed project
- Faculty in regular appointments have priority, with untenured faculty considered first
When necessary, a committee of appropriate Department Chairs/Program Directors will help to select the proposal(s) that will receive funding. We will try to complete the process by early April.
Also see Steps to Hiring a Research Assistant
How to Apply for Funding
To apply for funding, faculty members should submit:
- the application cover page
a two-page proposal that includes:
title, brief description of the proposed research including the student's tasks and activities, and an itemized budget
- A letter statement of support for the proposed student
Please submit only one application and indicate which fund(s) you wish the proposed student to be considered for.
Please email the application and any additional required documents to the Undergraduate Research Office. The deadline is March 15, 2013.
Student research assistant wages should be figured on a stipend basis at $400 per week for a 40 hour equivalent (with a $10/wk increase to students returning). Please see Steps to Hiring a Summer Research Assistant.
Undergraduate Collaborative Research Fund (UCRF)
Funding through the Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Development's office for research assistants. Available for both the academic year and summer. See the general UCRF page. Maximum amount for summer is $4,000 (stipend only).
Note for following funds: Most of the funds below can provide a student stipend for 8-10 weeks of summer research and research-related supplies money, with a maximum grant amount of $5,000.
The Charles B. ("Corky") Allen Research Fellowship
The student must be a rising senior major in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, or physics. The student must have an excellent academic record, and through sports or other extracurricular activity, have contributed to the Middlebury College spirit.
Priscilla (Kay) Beck '52 Botany Enrichment Fund
This fund supports biology department teaching and/or research in the field of botany.
The Bicentennial Fund for Research Partnerships in the Sciences Fellowship
This fund provides for a student internship, supplies, and a small stipend to select eligible faculty mentors. This opportunity is available to students in departments housed in Bicentennial Hall (Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, MicroBiology and Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Physics and Psychology).
The Janet C. Curry ’49 Research Fellowship
The student must be a rising senior woman with a major in the biological sciences. Preference will be given to a woman biology major who is planning to do an honors thesis and continue with a research career in the biological sciences.
The Nelson R. Easton ’41 Research Fellowship
The student must be a rising senior major in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, computer science, geography, geology, mathematics, physics or psychology.
The Grant Harnest, Gleason and Shwe Yee Mon Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Fund
This research assistantship is made possible through a combination of three endowed funds, the Grant Harnest Research Fund, the Gleason Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Fund and the Shwe Yee Mon '99 Memorial Fund. The faculty mentor must be in the chemistry and biochemistry department and preference will be given to a student who is a chemistry or biochemistry major.
Ostro Family Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Fund
To support research projects in the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Program.
T. Ragan Ryan '91 Undergraduate Research Fund
Supports an undergraduate summer research fellowship with preference in the sciences.
Gretchen A. Reilly '60 Environmental Studies Endowment
To support undergraduate student/faculty research projects in Environmental Studies (including the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences).
The Fred M. Roddy Research Fellowship in Biomedical Science
The research project must be in the area of biomedical science.
Undergraduate Research Participation in the Sciences
To support undergraduate research for women pursuing careers in sciences & engineering.
Undergraduate Summer Research Fund (SRF)
Undergraduate research support with a preference for students working with a faculty mentor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry department faculty mentor.
John M. White '52 Research Fellowship
The student must be a rising senior who is participating in a collaborative research project with a faculty member in the Geology Department.