PC Summer Fellows Program

The PC Summer Fellows (PCSF) Program is designed to enhance the academic experience of PC students by providing them with opportunities to work with faculty during the summer.  The program is intended for motivated students to gain research experience with direct faculty mentoring.  Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity in a living-learning environment.

Requirements

PC Summer Fellows are required:

  • to spend eight weeks during the summer conducting a PC Summer Fellows research project,
  • to participate in weekly lunch seminars,
  • to give a presentation based on summer research at a concluding seminar,
  • to present at the Honors Day Symposium.

So that they can focus on research, fellows may not enroll in summer school nor have any other employment during the fellowship period.

Funding

PC Summer Fellows will receive a stipend of $2000; additionally, they will be provided with a room in a College residence for the duration of the summer research experience.

Faculty mentors will receive a stipend of $1000.

Efforts will be made to fund travel expenses for fellows who make presentations at professional meetings or student research symposiums.

Application Process

Students interested in becoming a PC Summer Fellow should contact a PC faculty member to discuss potential research projects.  Applicants must submit an application form and a research proposal detailing the nature of their project including a discussion of the methods to be used.  Also, a brief letter of support must be submitted from the faculty mentor, including a statement of the mentor’s commitment to meet regularly with the Fellow and participate in a weekly luncheon/forum.

Applications for the 2014 program should be submitted to the Office of the Provost by February 15, 2014. The Summer 2014 application is available here.

A faculty committee, including faculty familiar with the proposed area of research, will review proposals.

For additional information contact Dr. Latha Gearheart , Director of PC Summer Fellows Program or Dr. Robert Freymeyer, Director of Undergraduate Research.