For Faculty: CURI Guidelines Criteria & Proposal Application

Summer Research

Procedures and Criteria for Summer Research Projects Reviewed by the CURI Advisory Committee

2018 Timeline & Process

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 – Faculty proposals for Summer Research Program funding due. Faculty with outside funding should use the proposal form to post their project descriptions and hiring criteria.
  • Wednesday, December 13, CURI Faculty Advisory Panel reviews proposals
  • Monday, January 8 – Summer Research Program descriptions posted to CURI website for students to review; student online application opens
  • Friday, February 16 – Student applications for Summer Research Program positions due
  • Friday, March 2 – Faculty selections of student researchers finalized and students selected

Following the December deadline for faculty proposals, project descriptions will be reviewed by the CURI Faculty Advisory Board. CURI will contact you if additional information is needed about your proposal during this process. Approved proposals will be posted online in January. Students will be invited to peruse the descriptions, identify the project or projects for which they would like to be considered, and apply for a summer research stipend ($440 per week plus housing for 9-10 weeks) online by February 16. At that time, CURI will provide you a list of students who expressed interest in your project and you can identify the student(s) with whom you would like to work. Please do not make promises to students.  Due to the high demand for CURI positions, College funding will be reserved for students planning to enroll in the Fall following the CURI experience.

Criteria for Funding from CURI

CURI funding will depend upon the following criteria as well as the demand expressed by students once proposals are opened for application.

  1. The Advisory Panel will aim for diversity in disciplines funded.
  2. We will give preference to research proposals that align and contribute to the faculty member’s scholarly activity. This program is not for independent study.
  3. We expect proposals to specify the benefit to the student. CURI’s goal is to support authentic collaborations between faculty and students, not projects that put the student in the role of simply a worker.
  4. We will look for the potential of the project to contribute to scholarship beyond what is already known and for the dissemination of the results of the summer’s research.
  5. Ultimately we will only fund projects for which students apply. If you have someone already in mind the student must still complete the online application.

Additional Sources of Funding

Faculty applying for CURI funding might find that their projects also align with one of several endowments or grant-funded programs that support undergraduate research at St. Olaf. Some of these are listed on the project proposal form, and here as well, with more information as it is available:

Engaging with American Families: Dr. David H. and Karen Olson Endowment for Marriage and Family

American Values and Politics:  David L. & Margery Ostrom Scheie Endowment

The Kloeck-Jenson Endowment for Peace and Justice

Digital Humanities on the Hill:  A Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Sonya Pedersen Margerum and Dale W. Margerum Endowment in Science, Political Science, and Government Service

Faculty Stipend

Faculty without external grant supported salary supervising one student will receive a stipend of $1000, $1500 for supervising two students and $2000 for supervising three or more students.  Faculty jointly supervising a student or students will share the stipend equally.