International Research Program
for Tufts Faculty and Students in Arts & Sciences
generous gift from an anonymous donor permits
the School of Arts & Sciences to pilot and
innovative program to fund student-faculty teams
conducting scientific research internationally. This
program will begin in Summer 2012.
Completed applications are due by 12:00 noon
on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Students interested in participating in the
International Research Program should meet with
faculty members in their area(s) of interest as
early as possible.
Research is to be conducted in the natural sciences,
life sciences, or mathematics in a lab setting or in
the field, and must be hosted by an international
lab. Part or all of the research project must
include an international component. (This excludes
Hawaii and Alaska.)
We will consider proposals requesting up to
$40,000 in funding from the A&S International
Research Program. If your proposal budget
exceeds $20,000, please indicate other sources
of funding or cost-sharing.
The international travel portion of the research
project must take place during the summer after
exams have ended, during Winter Break, or during
Spring Break, so as not to interfere with
students' class schedules.
The P.I. must be a faculty member affiliated with
one of the following departments in A&S: Biology,
Chemistry, Earth & Ocean Sciences, and
Physics. Interdisciplinary approaches among these
fields are also welcome. Each department
may submit up to two applications, and the
department chair must approve both. In the case in
which one department generates numerous proposals,
the chair must decide which two have the most merit
and best coincide the departmentís goals and needs
before submitting them to the selection committee.
We are seeking proposals that include students
as a vital part of the research team. The ideal
team would include a combination of
undergraduate and graduate students, but
we will consider proposals that include
Research teams must be composed of at least one
faculty member with a departmental affiliation in
Arts & Sciences, who will act as PI. Teams may include multiple professors and
multiple students. The undergraduates do not need to
be majoring in the same field as the P.I.
The P.I. must accompany the students overseas; for
the purposes of this program, students should not be
conducting research overseas without faculty
supervision and guidance. The P.I. (with
departmental support) is responsible for making
travel arrangements and adhering to the budget.
Undergraduates must present their research at the
Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring.
Winning teams are encouraged to present their
research at a departmental forum the following
semester or academic year.
The Scholarship Committee will select one or more
research teams for Winter
Break 2015 or Spring Break 2016 (possibly Summer
2015) based on these criteria:
1) Relevance, feasibility, and scientific merit of
the proposed research;
2) relevance of the proposed overseas location(s) in
furthering the research process;
3) clear goals for student researchers (preference
will be given to those proposals that allow students
to further their own research projects, such as
4) integration of the research team into the
international lab or host institution;
5) inclusion of A&S students as a vital part of the
research team (although Engineering students are
also welcome on the research teams).
Faculty members should direct questions to Dean