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Summer Student Research Fellowships application

Grace Koleczek, Spanish and religion major, used her Summer Fellowship to work on a project in Toledo, Spain. She wanted to see if the city's medieval period of religious tolerance shapes its residents understanding of it today.
Biochemistry major Max Wallace used his Summer Fellowship to worked with Dr. Scott Gehler of the biology department. They looked at breast cancer cells and how they responded to various signaling proteins.  
Anthropology major Moselle Singh used her Summer Fellowship to travel to Vedic City in Iowa, researching Transcendental Meditation and how and why women integrate it into their lives. She worked with Dr. Carrie Hough of anthropology.
Geology major Diana Boudreau used her Summer Fellowship working at the Field Museum in Chicago on the dinosaur Cryolophosaurus ellioti, found in 1991 by Augustana's Dr. William Hammer.

Augustana Summer Student Research Fellowships are available to students of all disciplines. This funding is intended to support student research/artistic projects under the guidance of a faculty member during the summer, typically for a 5-10 week project.

Students may apply for $300 per week for 5-10 weeks for a total of $1,500-$3,000 stipend, plus up to $500 in expenses. Students should discuss the project timeline in their proposal and justify the number of weeks being proposed.

Augie Choice funds will be applied to the fellowship if a student has not used these funds and are not intending to use Augie Choice for other experiences. (Projects that require large expense budgets, such as expensive travel, etc., will be funded if the funds are available.)

Project proposals and letter of support must be submitted by Jan. 22, 2016.

If you have any questions, email Dr. William R. Hammer, department of geology, co-chair, Augustana Student Research Committee, or call him, 309-794-7487.

How to apply

1. Read the following information on how to estimate your budget. You will need this information to finish the basic information form.

• Stipend: How many weeks will you need to work on the project? Summer Fellowships typically provide 5-10 weeks of funding. To determine your requested stipend, calculate the number of weeks requested X $300 per week for a maximum of 10 weeks. All student stipends are subject to Social Security, Medicare and federal and state income tax withholding.

• Supplies and travel: List any expendable equipment/supplies that will be used only for this project. Include travel expenses essential to the proposed research project. Do not include expense to present results at conferences, since those funds are available through a separate funding program of the Student Research Committee. While we expect that for most projects these expenses will not exceed $500, projects that require larger expense budgets (such as expensive travel, etc.) will be funded if the funds are available.

• Equipment: List permanent equipment items separately (i.e. new equipment required for the project that will then be available for future use on campus).

2. Submit your application online. The link to the online application form is listed at the bottom of this page. Make sure you are ready to complete your online application before you begin. The online application requires the following:

• Basic information: The online application will ask for some basic information about your project, including your budget, an abstract and the proposed dates of research.

• Cover letter: You will upload a cover letter addressed to the Student Research Committee, in which you will reflect on the meaning/importance of the project in connection to your educational goals.

• Detailed description of the project: (2,500 words maximum). You will upload a detailed description of your project. This description should state objectives for the project and explain how the stated objectives might be accomplished, as well as give rationale for the proposed research. The description should clearly present the hypothesis or investigative question to be answered and the relationship of the proposed project to current issues in the chosen field of study.

The description also should reference previous work in the field that this project will be built upon. The detailed description of the project should show the committee the applicant’s knowledge of the academic literature in their field. Applicants typically cite other work in their detailed descriptions and provide references. 

A discussion of methodology also should be included. How do you plan to do this work? What methods will be used to accomplish your stated objectives? 

Applicants are to keep in mind that the review committee is made up of Augustana faculty from diverse fields. Clarity requires that any field-specific jargon, theories or methods be well-explained.

Click here for additional information about writing your project description

• Summary: You will upload a summary of how and when the project results will be reported and how this research may lead to future projects. Summer Fellows will be expected to present their work at the Student Research Symposium: A Celebration of Learning during Spring Term — among other venues — as well as write a short reflection paper after completion of their projects.

• Letter of support from a faculty member: Ask the faculty member overseeing the project to send a letter of support directly to Dr. William R. Hammer by email.

In addition to discussing the student's ability to carry out the proposed research, this letter should address if and how often the student will meet with the faculty member during the summer. If special equipment or facilities are needed for the project, this letter should also speak to these issues. This letter of support will not be uploaded through the online application, but you will be asked to confirm that you have requested the letter of support and you will be asked to provide the name of the faculty member who is writing the letter.

Click here to submit your application for the Summer Student Research Fellowship