Summer Research Fellowships

Fellowships 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 2018, at least 50 fellows will be supported by the Dickson Fund, Kolbe Fund, Alberte Fund (in Biology), Albaugh Fund (in Chemistry), and Cormack and Schweizer Funds (in Physics).

Buettner Lab

The X-SIG Summer Research Program and Requirements

  • Faculty-mentored student research during the summer for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Any 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 both faculty and students 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 - if you have 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 project) 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 ($500) summer student supply grants - students can apply for these through a competitive process (see timeline/details below).

Timeline for Application Process

1. Faculty application for research position slots (application opens December 10 and closes January 17).

  • Request number of positions and number of weeks - 8, 9, or 10.
  • Include a justification for your request that includes **and agree to the program commitments.
  • Notification of student slots awarded and any waitlist positions - January 22nd.
  • Faculty should send a short research blurb (max of 2-3 paragraphs) about their current projects to Kristi Waybright before January 24 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 25.

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

  • Applications distributed by Division III departments on January 28th and due to Kristi Waybright on Monday, February 18th. Students will be notified of the acceptance into the research program by March 4th and asked to register for the X-SIG program.

3. Students register for the X-SIG summer research program (opens March 4 and closes March 22).

  • Registration includes a project title and 500 word project description and also the opportunity for the student to apply for a $500 supplies grant; a justification for the use of supplies funds must be given.
  • Week of April 1, students are officially accepted to the X-SIG summer research program as X-SIG Fellows and notified if supplies funds were awarded.