Summer Undergraduate Research

The summer research program is an opportunity for students and faculty to partner, learn together and contribute to an ever growing body of information and creative work.

Traditional projects have taken the form of ten-week experiences where existing on-campus resources are utilized in unique ways.  Some recent projects have taken alternative forms to accommodate aspects unique to the discipline.  These projects, that may require field work or visits to resources that cannot be found on-campus, have had a shorter duration to offset the cost of student travel.  In either case the projects have led to strong contributions to scholarship beyond St. Olaf.

All Faculties (FA, HUM, IGS, NSM, SS) are participating in the summer research program.

Annual Timeline

  • FACULTY PROPOSALS:
  • Thursday, November 30 – Faculty proposals for CURI Summer Research due. Faculty with outside-funded projects use the proposal form to post their project descriptions and criteria.
  • Wednesday, December 13 – CURI Faculty Advisory Panel reviews faculty proposals.
  • Friday, December 15 – Faculty notified on number of student research positions allocated.
  • STUDENT APPLICATIONS:
  • Monday, January 8 – Summer Research Project descriptions (both college-funded and grant-funded) posted to CURI website; student online application opens
    • STUDENT APPLICATION FORM FOR 2018 SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH HAS CLOSED
  • Friday, February 16 – Student applications due
  • Wednesday, February 28 – Faculty send CURI their selections of student researchers for their projects
  • Friday, March 2 – CURI notifies all student applicants
  • Students have until the Friday, March 16 before spring break to accept or decline the offered position
  • Last Tuesday in May – Orientation and start of 10-week Summer Research Program

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