Student Information


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 regularly updated.

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.


Applicant Requirements

  • 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 expectations outlined here.


Application Deadline

Monday, March 2, 2015 by 12:00 Noon 

Application Components

  • Completed online Application Form
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    (at least one from a current Tufts faculty member; the mentor should not provide one of these letters)

Program Requirements

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 1, 2015.
    • One of Tufts' four campuses (Medford/Somerville, Boston, Grafton, Talloires)
    • 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, including:
    • An oral presentation on your research in progress given over the summer.
    • 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 from presentations.)

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 Sessions.


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