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Summer Research and Creative Projects: For Students

Each summer, roughly 200 undergraduates work directly with faculty members on projects that touch the frontiers of discovery.
Karen Harpp points information out on a computer monitor to her student summer researchers.Most fellowships are funded directly by Colgate. Additional fellowships receive funding from corporate or foundation grants, individual donors, or individual faculty research grants.

Summertime research and creative projects often result in the presentation of papers at professional meetings or publication in journals, with undergraduates as co-authors and exhibitors. Students and faculty from all academic departments and divisions participate.

There are two ways for students to pursue research or creative projects on campus over the summer, outlined below:
  1. Faculty-initiated fellowships
  2. Student-initiated fellowships

For Faculty

If you are a faculty member interested in applying for funding to support student projects over the summer, please see the summer fellowship information page for faculty.

Faculty-initiated Fellowships

Each summer, many faculty members from across the university will have positions available to students to collaborate on existing faculty research and creative projects. Students interested in collaborating in one of the projects (listed below) may apply to the faculty member through an online application form.

The student will collaborate in the project at a high intellectual level for up to 10 weeks over the summer, receiving a stipend of $450 per week.

Available Positions

Summer 2019 Faculty-initiated projects will be available for view in early January 2019.



Stages Deadline
Students apply online to up to three faculty February 5, 2019
Faculty decisions announced to students via email from division directors February 25, 2019
Students reply to undergraduate research office to accept position and indicate start/end dates March 7, 2019
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Student-initiated Fellowships

This type of funding envisions research or creative projects supervised by faculty mentors but proposed by students. Projects do not need to be related to the faculty member’s research or specific area of scholarly or artistic interest, but the faculty member must agree to supervise the student for the duration of the project. Students apply for funding in consultation with faculty mentors. Information about applying and application deadlines may be found at the student-initiated summer research page.

Other Summer Opportunities

Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs
The Lampert Institute grants several fellowships each summer allowing Colgate students to design research projects under the mentorship of a faculty member. Lampert Institute
Upstate Institute Field School
Summer Field School Fellows work with a community, government, or non-profit partner to create and complete projects that will have a positive impact on the Upstate region. FIELD SCHOOL
Center for Freedom and Western Civilization
The Center for Freedom and Western Civilization will sponsor up to three students (current second- or third-year students) to pursue faculty-mentored summer research projects focused on themes related to the Western heritage of freedom and civilization.
LEARN MORE: Center for Freedom and Western Civilization
NY6 Upstate-Global Collective Summer Student Research Fellowship
The Upstate-Global Collective is an initiative of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium which aims to create scholarly communities across our member schools (Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College and Union College). Student researchers will work alongside faculty mentors across the Consortium to explore themes that not only have rich historical roots here in upstate New York, but are also of current consequence worldwide.

Six to eight weeks of full-time research during the summer months are required by fellows. Students awarded a Fellowship receive a weekly stipend of $450. This opportunity is open to students actively enrolled in good academic standing at any of the New York Six schools. Specific qualifications will vary by position. Get more information, including a detailed list of research positions available by visiting

Apply online by Monday, March 12, 2018. Fellowship finalists will be notified before mid-March. If you have any questions, please e-mail the project manager, Deanna McCay, at
Beckman Scholars Program
The Beckman Scholars Program offers students in chemistry, biology, molecular biology, or biochemistry the chance to earn a 15-month stipend to conduct independent research with the help of a faculty mentor.

Contact Information

Questions about specific summer fellowship opportunities should be directed to the advising faculty member.
Questions regarding the summer fellowship application process and funding opportunities may be directed to:

Karyn Belanger, Director of Undergraduate Research