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Undergraduate Advising and Research
Parker House, HB 6201
Hanover, NH
03755-3529
 
Phone:  603.646.3690
Fax:  603.646.8190
Email:  Undergraduate research
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Information for Faculty

Who is Eligible to Supervise Undergraduate Research

All tenured, tenure-track, and research-track faculty are eligible to supervise undergraduates in research.  The category of research-track faculty includes research assistant professors, research associate professors, and research professors.  Those with other types of appointments may supervise undergraduates with approval from the relevant department or program chair, director, or dean.  Examples of other types of appointments include: visiting faculty, adjunct faculty, emeritus faculty, lecturers, senior lecturers, instructors, and post-doctoral scholars.

How to Find a Student for Research

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 Research Internship Program

  • 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 for first-year students, any two terms for sophomores
  • Payment: hourly wages ($10/hour for 6-10 hours per week)
  • Application: fall term

Sophomore Science Scholars

  • 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 in fall of sophomore year. Applications will be accepted each term after that for research in the following term, as long as funds are available.

James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars

  • Eligibility: Juniors in any academic discipline.  Only open to students in 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

Junior Research Scholars

  • 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 in the spring of sophomore year.  Applications will be accepted each term after that for research in the following term, as long as funds are available.

UGAR Funding for Full-time Research During Leave Terms

  • Grants up to $4300
  • 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 term of research
  • Group projects are welcomed
  • Research can be on or off campus but must be directly mentored by a Dartmouth faculty member (which includes faculty affiliated with the college and professional schools)
  • Students are expected to be intellectually engaged in the research rather than simply serving as research assistants
  • 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, and once students have completed the requirements for the B.A., they are no longer eligible for UGAR funding

UGAR Funding for Honors Thesis Research

  • Grants up to $2000
  • Funding is for Senior Honors Thesis research ONLY (can be for research during a leave term or residence term during senior year)
  • Grants are awarded ONLY for costs directly related to the research, and NOT for cost of living (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
  • 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.

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 submit an application to CPHS, and they cannot begin their research until they have obtained CPHS approval.  In addition, students will also need to complete the CPHS education requirement prior to receiving CPHS approval.  Any questions about this process or about whether a specific project requires CPHS approval should be directed to CPHS.

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.

Other Dartmouth funding for research and internships


 

Last Updated: 9/19/14