DIVISION OF THE NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING (NSE)
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2013
Applications due February 15, 2013.
Apply online through
beginning January 21, 2013.
Students applying to work with Swarthmore faculty must also complete their research mentor's departmental application beforehand. Consult each NSE department for deadlines and process.
Notification letters will be sent immediately after spring break.
February 15, 2013: Student applications for NSE division and HHMI research fellowships due.
Before this deadline:
- students applying to do research with a Swarthmore faculty member must complete that department-specific process and obtain approval of their proposal from their faculty advisor
- students applying to do research off-campus must obtain a letter of support from their off-campus advisor to include with their proposal, and obtain approval of their proposal from both on-campus and off campus advisors
February 20, 2013: Faculty recommendations due.
Immediately after Spring Break: Notification of funding decisions for HHMI and other NSE division fellowships.
Projects involving research or other work with human subjects require review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to assure compliance with standards of ethical conduct of research.
Please consult with your faculty sponsor if you have any questions about how to answer the following questions:
1A) Does your proposal project involve research? In other words, do you plan to work on a research study that involves gathering data or working with data?
YES/NO (NOTE: Answer "NO" to 1A if your project ONLY involves library research, training, service, and/or personal development)
1B) If you answered YES to 1A, does your research involve interacting with human participants or with date from human participants? For example, does the research component of your project involve observing, interviewing, photographing, videoing recording, recording, and/or surveying living people or working with data collected from people?
YES/NO (NOTE: Answer "NO: to 1B if activities involve simply talking to others for advice on how to proceed with research, e.g librarians, archivists, and other academics)
If you answered YES to 1A and 1B please click HERE to access the form that will help you determine if the type of research that you are going to do will need IRB approval.
Students: To apply for a summer research fellowship from any of these sources, a student must submit an application through mySwarthmore by February 15, consisting of:
- a brief application; and
- a brief (250 words or less) description of the research project, including the research goals, where and when the work will be done, and an explanation of how the research will benefit the student's academic program
Faculty: For the student's application to be eligible for funding, the faculty mentor should complete the faculty mentor should complete the faculty application by February 20. Faculty will receive a notification that the student's application is ready for review via Faculty Services. The faculty application consists of:
- a brief questionnaire;
- a brief letter of support, which should describe about where the work will be done, how it will be supervised, and, if supervising the work, how it fits into the faculty member's research program.
In addition, for on-campus projects eligible for HHMI support, a limited amount of funding is available for research supplies. To request such funding, faculty sponsors of applicants for HHMI on-campus fellowships must include an itemized budget for research supplies, not to exceed $600.
Student proposals for stipends for off-campus research projects (funded either through HHMI or through the Kemp, Lenfest, or Starfield awards) should include two letters of support, one from the off campus researcher who has agreed to mentor the student's project, and one from a Swarthmore faculty member in the NSE Division who knows the student and has reviewed the proposal. The off-campus mentor’s letter should describe where the work will be done and how it will be supervised. Letters should be addressed, "To the Swarthmore College Research Stipend Selection Committee."
The student should obtain a PDF of this letter, with a signature, from the off-campus mentor and include it in a single PDF following the description of the research project. The Swarthmore faculty member will submit his/her letter through the same faculty application process as for on-campus projects.
Students and faculty can expect to be notified of decisions immediately after Spring Break.
The sources and the criteria for the various fellowships and grants are outlined below.
NSE-specific funding opportunities
A. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Coordinator: Kathleen Siwicki, Dept. of Biology and HHMI Program Director (ksiwick1 or x8215)
A grant from HHMI provides summer research fellowships for Swarthmore students conducting research in biology and the related sciences. In order to be eligible for HHMI support, applications must clearly describe the biological or biomedical relevance of the proposed project. Students receiving HHMI stipends will conduct full-time research for ten weeks during the summer under the guidance of a faculty member. Approximately ten awards will be made to support such research projects. An additional ten fellowships will be awarded to students that meet the criteria for any of the following categories:
- First-year or second-year students of underrepresented minority groups. As many as five HHMI fellowships will be awarded to first-year or second-year students who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the sciences and who will work with a Swarthmore faculty member from the NSE Division. This includes minority students and first-generation college students in any NSE department, and women in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, or Physics & Astronomy. First-year or second-year students who are interested in summer research and believe that they qualify for one of these fellowships should discuss their interests and this funding opportunity with their favorite NSE faculty member(s).
- Off-campus research. A limited number of HHMI fellowships will be awarded to support summer research to be conducted at off-campus laboratories. Applications for these stipends should be accompanied by two letters: one from the off-campus researcher who will directly mentor the student's project and one from a Swarthmore faculty member in the NSE Division who knows the student, has reviewed the proposal, and will serve as the on-campus liaison. Please refer to the instructions for including the off-campus mentor's letter that are included in the Application Procedures above.
B. Additional NSE Fellowships
Adamson Summer Research
Bailyn Summer Research
David Baltimore/Broad Foundation Endowment
Hannay Summer Research
Eugene M. Lang Summer Initiative Grant
Norman Meinkoth Premedical Research Fellowship
Surdna Summer Research
Pat Tarble Summer Research
Coordinator: Catherine Crouch, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy and Chair, Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering(ccrouch1 or x8386)
These fellowships support ten weeks of full-time summer research by Swarthmore students in collaboration with a faculty member in any department in the NSE Division. Approximately thirty awards are available. Priority is given to students majoring in the field. Priority is also given to students whose projects clearly reflect prior academic work in the area and the potential for thesis or project work in their senior year and to students who have not received any other Swarthmore College funding for research-related activities.
In two cases--the Baltimore/Broad and the Meinkoth--additional conditions must be met.
The David Baltimore/Broad Foundation Endowment was established in 2007 by a grant from the Broad Foundation at the request of David Baltimore '60. This fellowship is awarded to a student doing summer research in the natural sciences or engineering with a preference given to a student engaging in mentored off-campus laboratory research.
The Norman Meinkoth Premedical Research Fellowship was established in 2004 by Marc E. Weksler ‘58 and Babette B. Weksler ‘58 to honor Norman A. Meinkoth's long service as a premedical advisor to students at Swarthmore College, where he was Professor of Biology for thirty-one years and chair of the department for ten years. The grant will be awarded on the basis of scientific merit to a rising junior or senior premedical student to allow the pursuit of laboratory research in the sciences on or off campus.
College-wide funding opportunities targeted toward specific types of projects
Class of 1962 Student Summer Fellowship
Giles K. '72 and Barbara Guss Kemp Student Fellowship
Lenfest Student Fellowship
Starfield Student Research Grant
Coordinator: Catherine Crouch, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy and Chair, Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering (ccrouch1 or x8386)
These fellowships offer support, up to a maximum of $4,350, for student projects that meet specific criteria, as described below. They are open to students in all three divisions (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Engineering). The chairs of the three divisions meet to consider the applications and then make recommendations for funding to the Provost.
The Class of 1962 Student Summer Fellowship was established by contributions from class members to provide enriching learning experiences for students by supporting work, study or research during the summer.
The Giles K. '72 and Barbara Kemp Student Fellowship supports internships and research projects with a preference for students whose experiences will be abroad. It was established by Giles and Barbara Kemp in 2005.
The Lenfest Student Fellowship was established to support research fellowships, internships and other summer opportunities for rising juniors or seniors. Garry and Marguerite Lenfest established the fund in 2008.
The Starfield Student Research Endowment supports student summer research fellowships in social justice with a preference for students pursuing research in the areas of health services delivery/health policy and social, demographic, and geographic equity. The fund was established in 2004 by Barbara Starfield '54 and Phoebe Starfield Leboy '57 to honor their parents, Martin and Eva Starfield, educators who instilled a love of learning and social justice in their daughters.
The standard fellowship for a research project lasting ten weeks is $4,350. These research grants and fellowships are intended to allow students to engage in full-time research and to relieve students of the need to seek other employment during the summer. Therefore, a condition of the acceptance of any fellowship is that the student agrees to engage in full-time research for ten weeks and not to pursue other paid work on campus during the summer.
Moreover, a student may not receive more than the equivalent of one full stipend ($4,350) during a single summer from any combination of College sources. This includes scholarship awards and other Swarthmore College fellowship programs, for example, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, Evans Scholars, and the Summer Social Action Award (S2A2). Students who receive financial aid or fellowships from non-Swarthmore sources should also check whether the terms of their awards limit their eligibility for a Swarthmore summer stipend.
Although all students working on NSE projects over the summer are welcome, those students who receive an HHMI fellowship for on-campus work are expected to attend an HHMI-funded summer seminar series, and they are especially encouraged to participate in other HHMI summer initiatives, such as the Science for Kids program.
Furthermore, all students receiving a summer research fellowship (including HHMI fellowships) are required to submit a report at the end of the summer about their research activities. Students should submit their reports to Debbie Thompson in the Office of the Provost no later than September 1.
Students receiving summer research fellowships from any of these sources are expected to cooperate with requests from College offices to participate in surveys designed to assess their research experience
N.B. TAXES ARE NOT WITHHELD FROM FELLOWSHIP AWARDS, NOR DOES THE COLLEGE REPORT THE AWARD TO THE IRS; HOWEVER, IT IS CONSIDERED INCOME TO THE RECIPIENT. WHEN FILING YOUR TAX RETURN, THE AMOUNT OF THE GRANT SHOULD BE REPORTED.