Tufts Summer Scholars 2015 Application

Complete applications should be submitted online no later than
12:00 noon on Monday, March 2, 2015.

The application can be accessed here; all recommendations should be sent directly to anne.moore@tufts.edu.

·         Abstract (<100 words)
Be as concise and clear as possible—you will have space to go into detail in the project proposal. Here, you just need to communicate the big picture. Be sure to avoid jargon and unexplained acronyms. The object of the abstract is to prove to the committee that you understand your project well enough to explain it in simple terms to a broad audience.

·         Resume/CV
The big thing to keep in mind here is that the information should be relevant to the opportunity. You don’t need to list that time you temped over the summer or your years of babysitting experience. DO highlight any previous research experience, and think about how you can pitch your existing experience so that it highlights your strengths as a researcher.

·         Short answer questions
Be honest and straightforward. A good strategy is to choose specific incidents and structure your answers around those—like you’re telling stories about your work.

·         Project Proposal (<750 words)
Be specific. Be reasonable. Be feasible.
Describe the theory/question/argument you plan to explore, your data and methods, how you have prepared for the project (relevant coursework, etc), where it will take place, and what your responsibilities will be for each stage of the research. What will be the final outcome of your research (a paper for publication? The literature review for your senior thesis? A series of performances? A documentary film?)? The more concrete you can be about your project, the more believable your proposal will be.

·         Letter of collaboration
This letter will be co-authored by you and your faculty mentor, and should describe the ways your interests and those of your mentor overlap (i.e., why are you working together?), a timeline of events for the project, a description of the means of advising/mentorship (regular meetings? Collaborative lab work?), expectations for all members involved (including, if applicable, grad students or postdocs).

·         Project Budget

You will have $1000 to work with—how could you best use this money?

·         Two letters of recommendation (neither can come from the faculty mentor)

·         Transcript (unofficial is fine)

·         If you are working with human subjects, you need to indicate that you’re working toward IRB approval. If you are travelling internationally, you need to have a letter of support from an affiliated institution in your destination country.


Click here for an overview of the application and the program. A PDF version of the application can be found here.

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