Research

SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

 

This summer, departmental support for student research will be available from the following sources – Keck funds, Eaton funds, Rose Hills Foundation funds, and Bechtel funds.  Details on each of these sources of funding are given below.  Note as well that summer research fellowships funded by our 5C Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) award and by the 5C Neuroscience Program will also be available.  Information on applying for these fellowships is given further below.

An Information Session on the research opportunities available this summer will be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in the Burns Lecture Hall in the Keck Science Center.      

If you are interested in doing summer research, please start talking to Keck Science faculty now.  Please note that preference will be given to students working with Keck Science faculty.  Once a faculty member has agreed to serve as your project mentor, you must submit a formal application.  Application instructions are provided on the attached Application Cover Sheet

Please submit your application cover sheet and supporting documents to Velda Ross in the Keck Science Office, Keck 110, by Monday, February 10, 2014.  The Keck Science Budget Committee will evaluate these applications and notify all applicants of their decision by mid-March.

W.M. Keck Fund
Keck funds are available to students from all three schools (CMC, Pitzer, and Scripps).  Stipends are available at $4,000 each.

Eaton Ecological Research Award
In memory of Bill Eaton, a CMC ecology student, the Eaton family established a fund to support research by Keck Science students in ecologically related areas.  Funds are available to students from all three schools.  Stipends are available at $4,000 each.

Rose Hills Foundation Funding
Rose Hills Foundation Summer Science and Engineering Research Fellowships are available only to students from CMC and will be awarded to meritorious undergraduates who meet the following criteria: a) are majoring in the life or natural sciences (Psychology and Earth Sciences are excluded), or engineering; b) are U.S. citizens; c) have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (although there is some flexibility on this); d) are an upcoming junior or senior; e) whose permanent address is Southern California and resides South of the Tehachapi Mountains.  Stipends are available at $5,000 each. 

 

Bechtel Foundation Funding – AISS and IBC
Bechtel Summer Research Fellowships are available to rising sophomores from all three schools who will have completed either the Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS) or the Introduction to Biological Chemistry (IBC) course. Stipends are available at $4,000 each.

Other Available Sources of Funding

Neuroscience Summer Research Fellowships
There are 6 Neuroscience fellowships available.  Stipends are available at $5,000 per student for a 10-week placement.  Students may coordinate their own research placement or they may choose from placements that have already been coordinated by Dr. Tom Borowski at Pitzer College.  Note that for these Neuroscience fellowships, preference will be given to students working in research labs outside of the Claremont Colleges.  Fellowship applications are due on or before Monday, March 10th, to Dr. Borowski in Broad Hall, Room 104 at Pitzer College.  For further information regarding these fellowships, an organizational/informational meeting has been scheduled for 6:00 pm, Thursday, January 23rd, in the Burns Lecture Hall.  An application packet including all relevant information will be provided at this meeting.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Student Summer Fellowships
In summer 2014 there will be sixteen (16) HHMI summer research fellowships available for students wishing to participate in biological research projects that involve a “significant component of quantitative analyses.”  For example, depending on the nature of the research project, the quantitative component could involve statistical analysis, the development of an appropriate mathematical model or computer computation.  Experimental projects designed to validate an existing, or developing, mathematical or computational model may also be appropriate.  Fellowships support students doing research projects at Keck Science, Pomona College or Harvey Mudd College. Opportunities for participating in a two-member team at a research facility outside of the Claremont Colleges also may be available. 

HHMI Stipend: $5000 for 10-week project.  In addition, students on need-based financial aid will receive a supplement to cover their “summer earnings contribution.”

HHMI Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in the biological sciences.  Students majoring in other disciplines with a quantitative background (e.g. Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics) are also eligible to apply provided that they have completed at least one biology course with lab. 

HHMI Application: Via the 5C HHMI website which is presently under construction (planned to be operational before winter break).  Application materials will be available on the website, which will also provide descriptions of all of the HHMI projects that are available for summer 2014.  Students may apply for more than one HHMI project and are encouraged to consider the projects that are available outside of Keck Science.  As part of the application process, students are asked to meet with the faculty mentors of the project(s) that most interest them.

The selection of HHMI awardees will be coordinated with the selection of the other summer research fellowships available for science majors at Keck Science.  Awardees for all of the fellowships will be announced sometime in early March.

PLEASE NOTE: Please use the attached Application Cover Sheet only if you are applying for a Keck, Eaton, Rose Hills, and/or Bechtel Award.