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Summer Research — Information for Students

Each summer, roughly 200 undergraduates work in concert 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 often results 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 on campus over the summer, outlined below.

There are two ways (outlined below) for students to pursue research on campus over the summer:
  1. Faculty-initiated fellowships
  2. Student-initiated fellowships
Students may also be interested in other research opportunities:
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
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. LEARN MORE
New York Six 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.

Eight weeks of full-time research during the summer months is required by fellows. Students awarded a Fellowship receive a $3,400 stipend. 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.

Apply online by February 25, 2015. Fellowship finalists will be notified before mid-March. If you have any questions, please e-mail the project manager, Nell Bartkowiak, at

For Faculty

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

Faculty-initiated Fellowships

Each summer, many faculty members from across the university will have research positions available to students to collaborate on their existing 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 research project at a high intellectual level for up to 10 weeks over the summer, receiving a stipend of $425 per week.

Available positions

Arts and humanities
Department Projects How to Apply
Art and art history projects Apply online
Classics projects Apply online
East Asian languages and literatures projects Apply online
Natural sciences and mathematics
Department Projects How to Apply
Biology projects Apply online
Chemistry projects Apply directly to faculty
Computer science projects Apply online
Geology projects Apply directly to faculty
Mathematics projects Apply online
Physics and astronomy projects Apply online
Psychology projects Apply online
Social sciences
Department Projects How to Apply
Educational studies projects Apply online
Geography projects Apply online
History projects Apply online
Political science projects Apply online
Sociology and anthropology projects Apply online


Stages Deadline
Students apply for position February 4, 2016
Faculty decisions announced to students February 18, 2016
Students reply to faculty March 1, 2016
Summer housing Summer housing information (TBA)

Student-initiated Fellowships

This type of funding envisions research projects supervised by faculty mentors but proposed by students. This research does not need to be related to the faculty member’s research, but the faculty mentor 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.

Contact Information

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

Renée Chapin, CLTR Coordinator

Karyn Belanger, Director of Undergraduate Research