Summer Research Program in Social Sciences

2018 Summer Research Program in Social Sciences at Wellesley College

Open only to Wellesley College Students

Wellesley College will offer a social sciences summer research program in the summer of 2018.

Program Features:

  • Student research supervised by Wellesley College faculty members
  • Weekly seminars for participants to present their work
  • Workshops on use of technology, data resources, public speaking
  • Poster presentation at end of program

Program Dates: June 4th through August 3rd, 2018 (9 weeks)

The poster session for all participants will be Thursday, August 2, 2018.  All students are expected to participate in the poster session. 

Stipend: Students will receive $3875 plus a $1350 allotment for housing. Housing is available on Wellesley College Campus. Arrangements can be made by contacting the Housing Office (phone: 781-283-2809); ( ) Faculty will receive a stipend of $1,000.

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible (Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021).  Preference may be given to rising juniors and seniors.

Students participating in the summer research program may not concurrently elect courses in any summer school unless given permission by their summer research supervisor.

Process: Faculty members who are interested in supervising student research next summer should email the following to Sheila Datz ( by Tuesday, February 22nd: (1) a statement of approximately 250 words describing the research project or projects for which they are seeking a summer student research partner, to be posted on the SSSRP web page for interested students to read; and (2) a statement indicating whether they will be on-campus over the summer to attend their student's research presentation plus one seminar session. Being off campus for much or all of the summer does not preclude participation in the program, but faculty who will primarily be advising their research partner from afar should also briefly describe their plans for communicating with their student.    

Statements by faculty invited to participate in the summer program are posted on the program's web site as soon as possible after February 22nd, and students will be directed to consult the faculty whose research interests match theirs.  The Provost's office has approved funding for at least 8 summer students and faculty supervisors.  

Should we have more applicants than available funding, priority may be given to faculty who (a) did not participate in the summer program recently, (b) participated recently but can cover a portion of their student stipend through other funding sources, and (c) are able to attend their student’s research presentation plus one other seminar session.

Once the list of the projects is posted, the faculty will have two weeks to choose a student they would like to work with during the summer.  If that student declines the offer, an alternate may be chosen.  The names of students who have been selected and their faculty sponsors will be announced shortly thereafter.

As of this summer, the Summer Research Program in Social Sciences will fall under the soon-to-be-filled Knapp Social Science Directorship.  Until that position is filled, please contact Sheila Datz (email: or Casey Rothschild (email: with any questions.