Student Applications

St. Olaf students can gain four types of support from the CURI office:

  1. Positions in the annual summer research and inquiry program (often dubbed “the CURI program”)
  2. Steen Fellowships for independent study during the summer
  3. Magnus the Good projects for research and reflection partnerships with faculty
  4. Support for student travel to present research and inquiry results at conferences

All four programs require a separate application process.

2023 CURI Summer Research Program

Browse projects online: 2023 projects.

  • Application closed for 2023.
  • Application for 2024 will be available in January 2024.
  • Submit your materials electronically via Handshake by clicking into the link within the project description that says “Apply for this position”.
  • Apply for each position you would like separately.
  • Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Learn more about the summer research program.
2023 Steen Fellowships

The Lynn and Mary Steen Fellowship aims to support student-initiated projects that demonstrate independent scholarship, investigation, and creativity. Student Steen Fellows pursue their projects independently of faculty mentors. Application forms will be available in February. Please download and complete the Steen Expense Worksheet  and upload it within the application form.  Learn more about the program. Video recording of January 18, 2021 Open House.

Applications for summer 2023 will open in February Steen Fellowships must be received by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2023.


Magnus the Good Projects

Initiated in 2003,  the “Magnus the Good Endowed Fund,” established by friends of the former Paracollege honors several important values of the college, including that (1) both faculty and students learn and grow when they collaborate in one-on-one partnerships for research and/or reflection, and (2) students learn well through having opportunities to extend and apply classroom learning. Magnus the Good projects support any and all disciplines.

Applications should be submitted via email to by noon on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

Apply via email following full guidelines

Student Travel

Individuals or up to two students working with a faculty member on the same or related projects may apply for up to $1,000 of travel support each for reimbursable expenses. It is not always possible to fulfill all requests. Final awards determined in part by your financial need as measured by the Financial Aid office.