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
all recommendations should be sent directly to
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.
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
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.
Proposal (<750 words)
Be specific. Be
reasonable. Be feasible.
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.
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).
You will have $1000 to work
with—how could you best use this money?
Two letters of
recommendation (neither can come from the faculty
Transcript (unofficial is
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
here for an overview of the application and
the program. A PDF version of the application
can be found