Finding a Scholar to Mentor
Students interested in becoming Summer Scholars
are asked to meet with prospective Faculty Mentors
well in advance of the application deadline.
Posting Opportunities: If you would like to post an opportunity
about which you would like potential applicants to
contact you, please send a brief description,
including title, and your preferred method of
contact to email@example.com.
Renewing a previous posting from the online database: The use of the online database
for postings has been discontinued. Apologies for
any inconvenience this may cause. (Please also note that the
minimum length for projects is now 10 weeks.)
Opportunities already associated with an applicant: If
you are already working with an applicant, you need
not provide the above information for posting on
this site. However, you may choose to do so if you
would like additional students to contact you
regarding the opportunity.
Faculty/Clinical Mentor Application Procedure
All student applicants must provide a Letter of
Collaboration as part of their application packet.
This letter should be written jointly
and signed by both of you. Each mentor should apply
with only one student.
Expectations for Faculty/Clinical Mentors
A core component of the program is the joint commitment between faculty/clinical mentors and
students during the research process. Faculty/clinical mentors guide and monitor the design and
progress of the project and serve as a key resource for Tufts Summer Scholars.
Faculty/clinical mentors are expected to fulfill the following criteria:
- Provide active mentorship to student scholars, including frequent contact, sharing
knowledge and resources, guidance, and timely feedback and assessment.
- Complete evaluations of the student research and mentoring experience and the Tufts
Summer Scholars Program.
- Support the program by advising prospective faculty/clinical mentors.
- Actively participate in the Tufts Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium.
- Actively participate in any poster sessions held by the Program
Active mentorship may include any or all of the following activities:
- Helping the student explore his or her interests and determine an appropriate match with
research location and research topic
- Identifying the knowledge, experience, and skills (discipline-based, language, and cultural)
that the student will need to undertake the project, and develop a plan with the student for
- Defining and focusing the project, including the development of a timetable and milestones to
ensure that the project can be managed within the time frame of the program
- Discussing and identifying the resources that will be available at the research site and help
the student arrange communication with contacts at the research site
- Communicating frequently with the student during the summer research
- Assisting the student in determining a forum/conference in which to share her/his research
experience and findings
NOTE: Students may participate in faculty/clinical mentors’ research. However, they
should not serve merely as research assistants but should be given a
specific research problem
or question to investigate on their own with the advice and assistance from their faculty/clinical
mentor. It is important that students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the
professional research from the design and development of the project to the analysis and
Amount of Award
- $3,500 living stipend
- $1,000 student research budget
- Used on materials, travel, and other research expenses;
a preliminary student research budget
plan is asked for in the application.
- The student's research budget can be used during the summer of
research or to support related research that might follow, such as a
senior thesis or another kind of independent project. Receipts for
reimbursement should be brought to Dowling 710 and given to Joanne Ferguson.
- $1,000 in research funds for the supporting faculty/clinical mentor
- The funds will be transferred directly into the mentor's
account, if tenure-stream. More details on this process will follow.
- There will be a limited number of housing
scholarships available to students receiving
financial aid from Tufts. All other scholars are responsible for arranging their own housing. (Summer on-campus housing options
in Medford/Somerville are available through the Office of Residential Life and Learning.)
If a scholar or faculty/clinical mentor is unable to carry out the
research project approved by the Scholarship Committee, both parties will
be expected to forfeit the financial grant.