Summer Research Fellowships

X-Sig Summer ResearchFellowships to support Gettysburg students in summer research in Division III are available by competitive application to the X-SIG (Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute at Gettysburg) Board. For summer 2017, at least 50 fellows will be supported by the Dickson Fund, Kolbe Fund, Alberte Fund (in Biology), Albaugh Fund (in Chemistry), and Peterson Fund (in Physics).

The X-SIG Summer Research Program and Requirements

  • Faculty-mentored student research during the summer for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Any tenure track or tenured faculty member in Division III can apply for funds to have research students (faculty will apply for research positions and then students will apply for these positions (see timelines/details below).
  • Research projects can be 8, 9, or 10 weeks.
  • Research project should be conducted on campus to take part in the X-SIG programming - the intent of the program is to create a science research community so you need to be present to both contribute and benefit. If the research is to be conducted off-campus, there must be a research community for student participation - any questions about this, contact the X-SIG Board.
  • Students are required to take part in weekly brown bag lunches and several evening panel or round table discussion events and must present a poster at Family Weekend in the fall following their summer research (students abroad in the fall semester must present in another venue, typically Celebration).
  • Faculty are required to participate in weekly brown bag lunches and attend at least one evening event.

 

Stipends and Grants for Supplies

  • Student salary is $10.00/hour for forty hours per week (so, $4000 for a 10 week porject) and housing for the summer program is provided by the College at no cost. Students are expected to live in the provided housing.
  • Faculty will receive a $1000 stipend/student for the summer, up to a maximum of $3000. Note that faculty with summer salary (through a research grant, for example) will not be eligible to receive a stipend.
  • There will be 25 summer student supply grants ($500) - students will apply for these through a competitive process.

 

Timeline for Application Process

1. Faculty application for research position slots (application opens January 9th and closes January 18th).

  • Request number of positions and number of weeks - 8, 9, or 10
  • Include a justification for your request
  • Faculty should send a short research blurb (max of 2-3 paragraphs) about their current projects to Valerie Andrews by January 18th and include any prerequisites for a summer research position in your research lab, if applicable. This information will be compiled and included with the student application and posted here on January 23rd.
  • Notification of student slots awarded and waitlist position - the week of January 30th

 

2. Students contact faculty who have available research positions (based on the compiled list of summer projects) and apply for positions in the faculty labs using the X-SIG common application (pdf).

  • Applications distributed by Division III departments on January 23rd and due to Valerie Andrews on Monday, February 13th. Students will be notified of the acceptance into the research program by February 28th and asked to submit an application to the X-SIG program.

 

3. Students submit their application to the X-SIG summer research program (application opens March 1st and closes March 24th).

  • Application includes a title and 500 word project description and also the opportunity for the student to apply for a $500 supplies grant.
  • Week of April 3rd, students are notified of the acceptance to the X-SIG summer research program as X-SIG Fellows and also if supplies funds were awarded.