Welcome to Smith SUmmer Research Fellows (SURF!) Program at The Clark Science Center.
The summer of 2013 will be the 46th year that Smith has a formal student summer research program! Hard to believe the program started back in 1967. Hands-on research collaboration between faculty and students is a cornerstone of the science education at Smith, so the summer program has always been very important to us. We invite you to join the more than 150 students that will receive stipends to support their independent research during the summer of 2013. We have a vibrant summer community; come lay the foundation for your future Nobel Prize or at least enjoy some liquid-nitrogen-ice-cream.
How to Apply ...
Deadline for scholarship applications to Science Center managed funding sources: February 15, 2013. Any applications received after this deadline will still be considered but will be at a distinct disadvantage to those that have been submitted on time.
Fellowship stipend: Unless otherwise noted, fellowship stipends provided for participation in Smith SURF! 2013 will be in the amount of $3,800. Stipends are based on participation in nominally 10 weeks of independent research working with a Smith science faculty advisor. While it is expected that program participants will complete 10 weeks of research, participants may opt, in consultation with their faculty sponsor, to complete fewer than 10 weeks. Stipends will be prorated for fellowships that are less than 10 weeks in length. Some fellowship stipends may also include a budget for research supplies. Taxes may be withheld on your stipend if you are a foreign citizen from a country that does not have a tax treaty with the US. For US residents, please consult your tax advisor; your stipend may be taxable.
Stipend payment: If you receive an award, your stipend will be transferred via Direct Deposit (if you have it set up) or mailed as a check to the address you give on your application form.
Housing: The Smith SURF! program does not include housing. You are responsible for your own housing over the summer. Please contact Student Services. They will have summer housing forms available around April 1. Bring housing form to Director's Office, Burton 117 for signature.
Questions? Come ask Meg Valine in Burton 117 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is a listing of funding opportunities available at Smith College. Please note that the listing does NOT include research opportunities associated with the grants of individual faculty members. Contact faculty members directly to inquire about such additional opportunities.
Agnes Shedd Andreae Fund
Purpose: To support student research and internship opportunities within the Environmental Science and Policy field.
Department Eligibility: Environmental Science and Policy Program
Criteria/Requirements: Available to students in the ES&P program to support participation in research and internship opportunities.
Contact: Joanne Benkley (Bass 107, ext. 3951)
If you are applying for Agnes Shedd Andreae funding through the ES&P program, you do NOT need to submit a SURF! application. Please contact Joanne Benkley for an ASA Fellowship application.
NOT OFFERED IN 2013 Beckman Science Scholars Program-NOT OFFERED IN 2013
Purpose: To help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students in chemistry, biochemistry, biology and neuroscience, who plan to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. Provides support for students proposing research on an interdisciplinary project that bridges molecular biology with another area, including chemistry, neuroscience, biochemistry, mathematics, bioengineering, environmental science, and others.
Department Eligibility: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering.
Criteria/Requirements: Open to rising seniors, or possibly sophomores, who are willing to make the strongest possible commitment to preparing for a career in the biomedical sciences. Beckman scholars will be selected from among applicants who:
Scholarships: $6,000 per summer and $4,000 for academic year research
Travel and Supply Funding: $3,300 per student
B. Elizabeth Horner Fund Research Fellowships.
Purpose: To encourage field studies and research into the biology of plants or animals within the Department of Biological Sciences or the Program in Environmental Science and Policy.
Department Eligibility: Biological Sciences (undergraduate and graduate students).
Criteria/Requirements: Funding to be used for supervised independent research by Smith College students. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
Contact: Professor Virginia Hayssen (SR 236, ext. 3856). Applications are reviewed by the Horner Research Fellowship Committee.
Detail: The fund supports supervised independent research by Smith College students focused on field, museum, botanic garden, or captive study of plants or non-human animals that is neither disease-oriented nor predominantly molecular biology. The research should focus on understanding how plants and animals interact with their environments. This focus includes the kinds of projects that Drs. Horner and Burk worked on and published about during their many and productive years at Smith: conservation of plants and animals, animal welfare, animal behavior, plant and animal ecology, plants in the landscape, vertebrate and plant whole organism biology. Students may apply for funds to cover supplies, equipment to support summer research up to 20% of the value of that current year's fellowship. Money will reimbursed or paid as expenses are incurred and not given as a lump sum. An itemized budget with rational for each expense must be supplied and approved with the summer fellowship proposal.
Blakeslee Fund in the Biological Sciences.
Purpose: To encourage student/faculty research in the field of genetics.
Frances Baker Holmes Internship Fund
Purpose: To provide support for internship opportunities with preference for those within the psychology department. Fund may also be used to pay expenses associated with students’ internships.
Criteria/Requirements: Open to students interested in conducting research with Psychology faculty, and to students interested in other internships in psychology.
Contact: Chair, Psychology Department
Nancy Kay Holmes Fund in the Biological Sciences
Purpose: To provide support for continued research for graduating seniors in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowships
Purpose: Faculty sponsored student research.
Department Eligibility: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Physics, and Mathematics as they relate to the biological sciences.
Criteria/Requirements: This program was initiated by HHMI to strengthen college programs in biology and other scientific disciplines as they relate to biology, and to attract and retain students in scientific research and academic careers.
Margaret A. Walsh Grantham Fund Research Fellowships.
Purpose: To encourage research in field and whole organism biology within the Department of Biological Sciences.
Schultz Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowships.
Purpose: To provide Smith science majors with faculty sponsored research opportunities.
Department Eligibility: All science departments are eligible.
Criteria/Requirements: Internships available on a competitive basis to science majors and prospective majors, sponsored by a science faculty member.
Susan M. Rambo Fund.
Purpose: Established by Catherine Crook Ritchie, Class of 1931, in memory of Susan M. Rambo ’05. This fund provides support for summer student research in mathematics, with a secondary preference for summer student research in physics.
Department Eligibility: Mathematics (Physics)
Criteria/Requirements: Open to students interested in conducting research with Mathematics faculty.
Contact: Chair, Mathematics Department