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Undergraduate Advising and Research
Parker House, HB 6201
Hanover, NH
03755-3529
 
Phone:  603.646.3690
Fax:  603.646.8190

Information for Faculty

Many Dartmouth faculty at the college and the professional schools mentor undergraduate students in research and other scholarly and creative projects outside of the regular curriculum. Students who participate in faculty-mentored research rate these experiences as among the most valuable and transformative of their time at Dartmouth.

Who is Eligible to Supervise Undergraduate Research

All tenured, tenure-track, and research-track faculty at the college and professional schools may supervise undergraduates in research. Research-track faculty includes research assistant professors, research associate professors, and research professors. Geisel School of Medicine faculty with the titles of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor may supervise undergraduates in research. Faculty with other types of appointments may supervise undergraduates with relevant department or program chair, director, or dean approval. Examples of other types of appointment types include: visiting faculty, adjunct faculty, emeritus faculty, lecturer, senior lecturer, instructor, and post-doctoral scholar.

How to Find a Student for Research

  • List a project in the UGAR online database of faculty research projects
    • Click HERE for instructions on how to submit a project to be posted on the database
  • Talk to students in your classes
  • Use departmental resources (e.g. mailing lists, major lists, listservs)
  • List a position in JobNet if you have your own funding to pay a student researcher

Mentoring Undergraduates in Research

Undergraduates often require more supervision and mentoring in research than they think they need.  Many students become quite independent over the course of a research project, but most will require close supervision at the outset.  If you or your research group have specific expectations in terms of when the research is conducted and what students need to learn and accomplish, it is best to make these expectations very clear before the student begins the project.  Weekly meetings or check-ins are a good way to ensure that the student is on the right track.  Students generally report much more positive experiences when they have regular contact with their research mentors.  It can be difficult for faculty to provide this level of oversight if they are off campus during the term(s) of the research (for example, on a leave or sabbatical, or running an off-campus program).

Resources for Faculty Research Mentors

Dartmouth College is an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) so faculty may access the website and resources provided by CUR.  The first step is to register as a new member.  After you enter your name and title, please be sure to select "Dartmouth College" from the drop-down menu. It should alert you to the fact that your membership is covered, and then will prompt you to continue to add your contact information.  Once your membership is processed, you will receive a confirmation email and will be able to register for members only online access to have a copy of your login information sent.  Once you are registered as a member, you will receive CUR newsletters as well as an electronic subscription to the journal, CUR Quarterly. You will also be able to access other resources and information on the CUR website.

Faculty who are interested in assessing student learning in the classroom, in the lab, and in faculty-mentored research may be interested in the following survey tools developed by Professor David Lopatto with a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute:

UGAR Funding for Part-time Research Assistantships

** NOTE: these are programs in which students assist with faculty research. In some cases, however, students may conduct faculty-mentored research that is more independent.

Women in Science Project (WISP) Research Internship Program - WISP aims to increase retention of women in the sciences by providing student with access to science research.

  • Eligibility: first-year women in any science discipline, and sophomore women in specific disciplines (chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, physics/astronomy). 
  • # of terms: 2 (winter and spring)
  • Payment: hourly wages ($10/hour for 6-10 hours per week)
  • Application: fall term
  • Process: faculty list projects in the WISP online database (available fall term only), and students contact faculty to arrange interviews.  Students and faculty both submit preferences, and WISP matches students to faculty mentors based on these preferences as well as other factors.

Sophomore Science Scholars - This program provides opportunities for sophomore STEM student to grain research experience.

  • Eligibility: Sophomores in any science discipline (including Psychological & Brain Sciences)
  • # of terms: 1 or 2
  • Payment: $850 stipend per term (for 7-12 hours per week)
  • Application: starts spring of first year for research sophomore fall. Applications will be accepted each term after that for research in the subsequent term, as long as funds are available.
  • Process: students contact faculty about research opportunities or faculty may also approach students with whom they would be interested in working. Once the student and faculty mentor agree on a project, students submit an online application. Faculty mentors then confirm the collaboration via an online form.

James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars - This program provides research opportunities for juniors to work with Dartmouth faculty, often to prepare for undertaking a senior honors thesis.

  • Eligibility: Juniors in any academic discipline who fall within the top 40% of the class (eligible students are notified in January of sophomore year).
  • # of terms: 2 (the first term can be "sophomore summer")
  • Payment: $850 stipend per term (for 7-12 hours per week).  In the second term, students may elect to get independent study credit rather than a stipend ONLY if they receive approval from the faculty mentor and the academic department/program.
  • Application: winter and spring of sophomore year
  • Process: eligible students contact faculty about research opportunities or faculty may also approach students with whom they would be interested in working. Once the student and faculty mentor agree on a project, students submit an online application. Faculty mentors then confirm the collaboration via an online form.

Junior Research Scholars - This program provides juniors with opportunities to work in close collaboration with a Dartmouth faculty mentor.

  • Eligibility: Juniors in any academic discipline (program is intended for students who are not eligible for Presidential Scholars)
  • # of terms: 1 or 2 (the first term can be "sophomore summer")
  • Payment: $850 stipend per term (for 7-12 hours per week)
  • Application: starts sophomore spring. Applications will be accepted each term after that for research in the subsequent term, as long as funds are available.
  • Process: students contact faculty about research opportunities or faculty may also approach students with whom they would be interested in working. Once the student and faculty mentor agree on a project, students submit an online application. Faculty mentors then confirm the collaboration via an online form.

UGAR Funding for Full-time Research During Leave Terms

  • Grants up to $4,800
  • Funding is for full-time unpaid research. Students who are being paid or are engaged in other activities during the leave term (e.g. internships) may be considered for funding but are not eligible for the full amount of the stipend.
  • Students apply in the term prior to the research term
  • Group projects are welcomed
  • Research can be on or off campus but must be directly mentored by a Dartmouth faculty member (affiliated with the college and/or professional schools). Research internships at other institutions are not eligible for UGAR funding.
  • Students are expected to be intellectually engaged in the research rather than serving as research assistants for faculty projects. Faculty seeking research assistants should consider students for the part-time assistantship programs rather than leave term grants.
  • Applications are accepted each term for research to be conducted in the following term
  • Seniors are not eligible for leave term funding except in special circumstances. Once students have completed their B.A. requirements, they are no longer eligible for UGAR funding.

UGAR Funding for Honors Thesis Research

  • Grants up to $2,500
  • Funding is for Senior Honors Thesis research ONLY (can be for research during a leave term or residence term during senior year)
  • Grants can cover ONLY costs directly related to the research, and NOT living costs (e.g. campus housing, meal plan, etc.) or an individual stipend
  • Research must be during the student's senior year except in unusual circumstances (e.g. student is graduating in three years)
  • Students apply in the term prior to the term in which they need the research funds
  • Students receive the funding directly. Students and their faculty mentors need to discuss how best to apply the funding to research-related expenses. UGAR cannot transfer funds directly to faculty accounts.
  • If the student's thesis proposal has not yet been accepted by the department/program by the grant application deadline, the student may still submit an application for honors thesis funding.  If the application is funded, UGAR will follow up on the status of the thesis proposal.

Senior Fellowships

  • Funding for projects in which the intellectual scope and breadth of imagination goes beyond that which can be accomplished by taking courses offered in the existing curriculum.
  • Senior fellows are not required to enroll in classes during their senior year nor are they required to complete a major.
  • The fellowship year comprises three terms of registered enrollment, at least one of which must be spent primarily in residence.
  • ORC section on Senior Fellows
  • Senior Fellowship FAQ
  • Advisor/Consultant/Recommender information

Other Dartmouth funding for research and internships

Research Involving Human Subjects

Any student research involving human subjects must be reviewed by the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS).  Faculty research advisors are considered the Principal Investigators for student projects, and they are responsible for ensuring that students comply with CPHS guidelines.  Students conducting research involving human subjects must complete the CPHS education requirements and then submit an application to CPHS. They cannot begin their research until after receiving CPHS approval. Any questions about this process or about whether a specific project requires CPHS approval should be directed to CPHS.

Last Updated: 1/27/17