Summer Research Program in Social Sciences

2017 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 2017.

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: May 30th through July 28th, 2017 (9-week program)

The poster session for all participants will be Thursday, July 27, 2017.  All students are expected to participate in the poster session. 

Stipend: Students will receive $3650 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 2018, 2019, 2020).  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 14th: (1) a statement of approximately 250 words describing their current research and the types of projects they are willing to supervise and (2) a statement indicating whether they will be on-campus over the summer to attend their student's research presentation plus one other 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 on-campus student from off campus should also briefly describe their plans for working with their student long-distance.    

Statements by faculty invited to participate in the summer program are posted here (starting Tuesday, February 22, 2017)and students are directed to consult the faculty whose research interests match theirs.  We have preliminary approval from the Provost’s office to fund 9 summer students and faculty supervisors.  

Should we have more applicants than spots, priority will be given to faculty who (a) did not participate in the summer program recently, and (b) 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 until March 10th to choose a student they would like to work with during the summer.  If that student declines the offer, an alternate will be chosen.  The names of students who have been selected and their faculty sponsors will be announced on March 18th.

Contact Information:  Sheila Datz (,) for more information.