Social Science Summer Research Program

Social Science Summer Research Program 2021

The SSSRP at Wellesley College offers students a unique opportunity to conduct research in a variety of social science disciplines under the supervision of faculty experts in that field. The program is restricted to full-time Wellesley College students.


Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 summer program will remain virtual, like in 2020. 


To adhere to US LABOR LAWS, The SSSRP is only open to current full-time Wellesley College students living in the US during the summer. Students assisting with a faculty member's active research need to be treated as student employees. Student employees who will be located outside of the United States may not work for the College this spring or summer. Please contact Student Financial Services for more information.

Student fellows and faculty supervisors should make note of the following program features:

  • There will be no on-campus program in summer 2021.
  • The virtual program is 8 weeks long beginning June 7, 2021. Students will be expected to work full time (35 hours) per week and will receive a stipend of $4,000.
  • Introductory zoom meeting as a group will be held in the first week of the program. Participation is mandatory, but some exceptions may be granted in extraordinary circumstances.
  • Weekly virtual meetings between fellows and their faculty supervisors strongly recommended.
  • Additional occasional zoom meetings as a group may be available to students and faculty supervisors (participation for students is expected as part of the program).
  • A virtual poster session may be available to students (participation will be optional). The date of the poster session will be coordinated upon with the Science Research Program and is TBD at this time. Please check this page for updates.
  • Student fellows are not permitted to accept any other full-time or part-time positions (virtual or otherwise) that would coincide with the program dates. (Some exceptions may apply; fellows should discuss the specifics with supervisors)

Please email the program coordinator, Ms. Sheila Datz ( or the program director, Prof. Olga Shurchkov ( with any questions or concerns.