Science Center Summer Research Awards

Every year, the Science Center offers Summer Research Awards to students looking to spend their summer doing scientific research at Wellesley.

Please read the instructions below completely before applying.

Click here to learn about summer research opportunites for Wellesley College students at other institutions across the country!

Summer Research Dates: May 27-August 1, 2014 (For 10-week projects) OR June 2-August 1, 2014 (For 9-week projects)

Students must participate for the full 9- or 10-week program, depending on the laboratory they work in, including preparation of an abstract and poster for the summer research poster session. The poster session will be held on July 31, 2014.

Compensation: Students will receive a weekly housing/transportation allowance for a maximum of 9 weeks at $150/week (total: $1,350).  Summer stipends will be $325/week ($2,925 for 9-week programs; and $3,250 for 10-week programs). 

Stipends will be paid in three installments over the summer, contingent on the student successfully completing required program elements.

Students are responsible for all applicable taxes; please check with your tax advisor with questions as the College cannot answer questions related to your individual tax situation.

Summer Housing: Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. Find information about on-campus housing here.

NOTE: For Summer 2014, students participating in the 10-week summer program will be able to stay in their spring semester dorm rooms for the first week of the program.  Students will then have to move to the Summer Housing dorm for the remaining 9 weeks of the program.  As a result, students opting to live in campus housing for summer research will only need to pay for 9 weeks of housing (regardless of whether they participate in a 9- or 10-week summer program).  However, students remaining in their dorm rooms during the week of Commencement (until May 30th) will be responsible for paying a "board charge" for meal service.  This is required as meals are provided during that week for graduating seniors.  Details will be provided at a later date as they are available.

The Application Process:

The following information is tentative for the Summer 2014 Research Program.  Complete and updated information will be available on January 27, 2014.

Application site opens JAN 27th (do NOT attempt to enter information before this date): Log in to your MyWellesley portal and click the "Student" tab. In the "Administrivia" section, select the "Science Summer Research" link.  Alternatively, click here.

You will be asked to enter information in text boxes in the application; we recommend that you write this material off-line and cut-and-paste into the application.  You will be asked to enter user names for Wellesley references: make certain you enter this information correctly or your referees will not be notified to comment on your application.

Students may only apply for support for research either in an on-campus faculty laboratory or at an off-campus location.  You may submit only one application, so please choose your preferred location.  Support for off-campus research is extremely limited for summer 2014.  If you submit an application for off-campus support, you will need to include contact information for the supervisor of the laboratory you wish to work in.  Make certain this information is correct so that we can contact that person.

Application deadline: February 14, 2014 at 11PM Eastern time.

Letter of Recommendation due date: February 28, 2014 at 5PM Eastern time. Letters of Recommendation are required only for students applying to work at non-Wellesley locations.  Applicants are responsible for notifying recommenders of the deadlines and location of the application site. Faculty submitting letters of recommendation will be able to access the site AFTER it closes to students (Feb 14). They will also receive an email notification when the system is ready.  A letter of recommendation is required only from the supervisor of the off-campus program.  Students should still submit names of two Wellesley faculty familiar with their work, so that the selection committee can speak with these faculty (formal written letters are not required from Wellesley faculty).

An application to work ON campus (at Wellesley) must include the following:

  • Statement describing your post-graduation/career plans.
  • Project selection: you must select at least one project that you'd like to work on during the summer. You have the option of selecting up to three projects. If you select more than one project, you should select them in order of preference. If you want additional information on any project, faculty members will be happy to discuss them with you.  Students are urged to discuss projects with faculty in advance of submitting an application. These discussions do not represent a commitment to accepting you into their laboratories for the summer. It is always to the applicant's advantage, however, to have spoken to the prospective supervisor before applying. The list of current projects can be found here.
  • Statement of Intent describing what you hope to accomplish by participating in summer research. Your statement of intent should describe how the project(s) you selected fit with your experience and goals.
  • Names of two Wellesley College Faculty who are familiar with your work and can offer recommendations about your potential for success in the summer research program (please ask faculty in advance of listing their names!).  Formal written letters will not be required, but the committee may contact these faculty should they have questions about your application.
  • Optional: We hope to make the summer research program at Wellesley College representative of the diverse economic, ethnic, and occupational backgrounds of families in the United States. Describe any characteristics or other personal information about yourself that you wish to share with the review committee.
  • Resume (one page) - you will be asked to upload a pdf
  • Downloaded transcripts (Web Unofficial Transcripts from Banner) - upload as a pdf
  • For Summers 2014-2016: We have been awarded a grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to support participation in summer research by students who qualify as first-generation (neither parent attended college) or low-income (no-loan package for financial aid).  Students who qualify to participate in the Sherman Fairchild Scholars program should so indicate on their application. 

 

For students seeking funding to work at an off-campus institution, a complete OFF campus application must include the following: 

  • Statement describing your post-graduation/career plans.
  • Project description: a description of the project you will work on at your off-campus laboratory.
  • Statement of Intent describing what you hope to accomplish by participating in summer research. Your statement of intent should describe how the project(s) you selected fit with your experience and goals.
  • Letters of recommendation.  A formal letter of recommendation from your off-campus project supervisor must be submitted and must describe how the lab will involve you in research during the summer.  The other two referees will be Wellesley faculty members familiar with your prior work, who will be contacted by the committee, but who are not required to write a formal letter.  Students should be certain to notify their off-campus supervisors that a letter will be required, and that the summer research program will contact them with instructions on how to submit the letter electronically to our site.  Be certain that we have accurate contact information (email address) for the off-campus supervisor or we won't be able to solicit the letter on your behalf.
  • Optional: We hope to make the summer research program at Wellesley College representative of the diverse economic, ethnic, and occupational backgrounds of families in the United States. Describe any characteristics or other personal information about yourself that you wish to share with the review committee.
  • Resume (one page) - upload as pdf
  • Downloaded transcripts (Web Unofficial Transcripts from Banner) - upload as pdf

     

Students considering off-campus research should note that you must also complete any application materials required of the off-campus program. The Wellesley application provides potential support for working at an off-campus location, but does not constitute acceptance into that program.  Note that Wellesley funding for off-campus research is available only to students accepted into an off-campus program that does not provide a summer stipend (you cannot receive a stipend from Wellesley if the program you are accepted to offers a stipend).  Support for such research is extremely limited.

The Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP) at the University of Minnesota will give special consideration to Wellesley students. Students interested in this opportunity should discuss projects with faculty at Minnesota.

Students may also apply to work at Boston Biomedical Research Institute an independent institute carrying out work in cell biology, especially motility, communication, and growth. If you are interested, check their web site. 

 

 

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