Summer Research

Summer Research

A Unique Venue of Experimentation

The Summer Scholar Program permits students to pursue full-time collaborative work with faculty members, or independent research under the close supervision of faculty members, for a minimum of ten weeks during the summer. This program provides students a unique undergraduate venue in which to experiment with ideas and artistic expression, pursue an intellectual passion, and focus intently on the resolution of a question over a sustained period of time.

Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholar Program permits students to pursue full-time independent research under the close supervision of faculty members for a minimum of ten weeks during the summer. Free from the pressures that often arise with normal course work, summer scholar projects do not involve credit hours or grades, giving students the opportunity to focus entirely on scholarly pursuit. In that sense the Young Scholar Program offers a unique undergraduate venue in which to experiment with ideas and artistic expression, pursue an intellectual passion, and focus intently on the resolution of a question over a sustained period of time. They study, they reflect, they create, and they write. All the while, they are pushed to the boundaries by faculty mentors whose goal it is to model the scholarly path of point and counterpoint, testing ideas and data, and pushing creative frontiers. In short, Young Scholars have the real experience of a scholar — one that is immensely valuable in its own right, but that can also serve as a testing ground for possible graduate or professional studies.

Student Responsibilities

  • Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible.
  • The research will culminate in a writing or artistic project by the student, to be completed by August 16 and submitted to The Gilpatrick Center. The project will be reviewed by the faculty supervisor who will write an evaluation of the student's work by mid-September.
  • Students will share their work in a presentation in early fall. (We will provide training sessions for students on how to best present their work, whether through a poster format or another method.) Students are also required to write an evaluation of their summer scholar experience.
  • Students who accept another major summer scholarship are not eligible.
  • Young Scholars may not hold jobs during the term of their research. Students may serve on the June Orientation staff if they receive permission from their supervisor, and they may also complete a Denison Internship Program Project prior to the Young Scholar period. However, prospective faculty supervisors should be wary of students trying to pack too much into their summer schedules and not giving the research the attention it warrants. Whatever else the student chooses to do during the summer, all Young Scholars will devote a full 10 weeks exclusively to their research project. Students proposing to commit fewer than 10 weeks should indicate this at the time of application.
  • Research that requires a substantial amount of time away from campus is not funded by the Young Scholar Program. However, one to three weeks absence from campus for field or research trips is permissible.
  • Ordinarily students will be in residence at Denison from about mid-May to about mid-July.
  • The summer 2013 Young Scholar Award includes a $3,700 stipend plus on-campus housing. Students receive five payments, one every two weeks. The federal government taxes both stipend and housing. Students who serve as Resident Assistants in the residence halls will be compensated for that work by the Office of Student Affairs.

Selection Process and Principles

Young Scholars will be selected solely on the basis of the merits of their proposals, according to the criteria above, by the Student Research Grants Committee. No preference shall be given to joint, collaborative, or individual proposals. Students may apply in successive years, and no preference shall be given to first-time applicants.

The Student Research Grants Committee shall be elected by the teaching faculty, and shall be composed of one member from each of the four divisions of the University.

Students may not submit more than one proposal to the Young Scholars program, however, students may submit the same proposal, or different proposals, to the Young Scholars and other summer scholar programs simultaneously. Other programs which select summer scholars apart from the process and competition described here include: Ashbrook Scholars, Woodyard Scholars, Burton-Morgan Scholars, Freeman Scholars, Richard Kraus Scholar (English), DURF Scholars, departmental scholars (e.g., Environmental Studies), and all summer scholars in the sciences. Students with awards from any of these programs are called “summer scholars” and their supervising faculty are entitled to a stipend from the University. However, a student may not accept more than one summer scholar appointment in any single summer.

The Young Scholars program is intended to be a highly selective one, and to this end the number of awards made in any year may be limited for reasons other than the availability of funds.

MyDenison

⇒ For more information on sample proposals, funding information, and local resources for summer students, please visit the Gilpatrick Center Channel on MyDenison.
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