Choosing a Project and Mentor
Tufts students interested in becoming Summer
Scholars may approach any Tufts faculty member to
discuss their interests.
Here is a
list of potential research topics posted by
interested faculty. If you are
interested in one of these topics, contact the
faculty member listed. This year's list will be
Postings are updated regularly, but if you don't see what you
want, don't wait! Contact a faculty member in your
area of interest today in order to allow plenty of
time to put together a competitive application.
- All applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or greater at the time of application.
- All applicants must be a sophomore, junior, or senior at Tufts University
during the 2014-2015 academic year. (Preference will be given to rising seniors who are planning to write a senior honors thesis.
Rising juniors are also funded every year, and
truly exceptional applications from rising sophomores
will be considered.)
- All applicants must submit their application
through the online application form.
- All applicants must agree to the student
Monday, March 2, 2015 by 12:00 Noon
- Completed online Application Form
- Two Letters of Recommendation
(at least one from a current Tufts faculty
member; the mentor should not provide one of
Employment & Coursework
The Summer Scholars Program is a full-time commitment, funded as such. Scholars may not be otherwise employed during their term of scholarship
in any work (paid or unpaid) or grant position. Enrollment in 1 course directly related to the research project may be
permitted with the express consent of the program. Any plans
for Summer School should be detailed in the application.
- Scholars must be working at an approved location (or locations)
for a minimum of ten (10) weeks between May 13 and September
- One of Tufts' four campuses
(Medford/Somerville, Boston, Grafton,
- One of Tufts' official programs abroad
- One of Tufts' affiliated hospitals and clinics (Tufts
Medical Center, St. Elizabeth's, or Lahey Clinic)
- Off-campus location, if accompanied
by a letter of affiliation. A letter of
affiliation is PDF of a signed
letter on letterhead from an official at
a supporting institution in your host
country. Acceptable affiliates include
universities, NGOs, government
ministries, and research institutions.
The letter should indicate how this
organization will support you in your
research (access to local populations or
archives, administrative support such as
a desk and printer, etc.)
- 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.)
Nature of the Research/Scholarly Project
- Research must be supervised by a Tufts faculty mentor.
- Research may be done in any field, although it is usually done
in the applicant's major or minor field of study. A creative project undertaken with the guidance of a faculty advisor is acceptable.
- The applicant can join an on-going research project but must
"own" part of it, even as a member of a research group or team.
- The summer research project involves written and oral presentations,
- An oral presentation on your
research in progress given over the
- A written report on the results of the summer research to
one’s mentor and to the Dean of Undergraduate
Studies (3-5 pages)
- Participation in a poster session
sponsored by the Provost's Office and
the Dean of Undergraduate Studies in
the fall, and participation in the Tufts
Undergraduate Research and Scholarship
Symposium in the spring of 2015.
(Scholars studying abroad are exempt
Amount of Award
- $3,500 stipend to support living expenses
- $1,000 student research budget
- To be used on materials, travel, and other research expenses as deemed
appropriate by the Program. A
preliminary student research budget plan
is part of the application.
- May be used during the summer of
research or to support related research prior to graduation, such as a
senior thesis or other independent project. Receipts for
reimbursement should be brought to Joanne Ferguson in Dowling 710.
- $1,000 in research funds for the supporting faculty/clinical mentor
- These funds will be transferred
directly into the mentor's research
account, if tenure-stream.
- 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.
- Qualified students can apply for a housing
scholarship, which will cover on-campus housing
as well as meals for the first and second Summer