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Undergraduate Advising and Research
Parker House, HB 6201
Hanover, NH
Phone:  603.646.3690
Fax:  603.646.8190
Email:  Undergraduate research

Applying for a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar Research Assistantship

Application deadline for 2016-2017 Presidential Scholars is April 27, 2016.

(Please review all information before completing and submitting your application)

Application Process

  • Review on-line faculty project database or contact faculty whose areas of research interest you.
  • Interview with faculty (February through mid-April).
  • Once you have been selected by a faculty mentor, complete the on-line application form (available through the link at the bottom of this page).
  • Once you have submitted your application, your faculty advisor will receive an email requesting his/her confirmation that you have been selected as his/her Presidential Scholar.
  • Both the on-line application form and on-line faculty advisor confirmation form must be submitted BEFORE the application deadline.
  • Selection by a faculty mentor does NOT guarantee acceptance into the program.
  • Applications must be submitted by April 27, 2016.  LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • We do not review any applications until after the April 27 deadline.

Tips for a Successful Application

  • You can interview for as many assistantships as you wish, but you may submit an application for only ONE two-term assistantship with ONE faculty advisor.
  • You may apply for a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholarship with a faculty member who did not list a project in the on-line list of assistantships.  No special permission from the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research is required.  You must still provide a project title and description to include in your application.
  • If you choose an assistantship with a faculty member outside your major department, you may not be able to continue this research as a senior honors thesis.
  • If you choose an assistantship outside of Arts & Sciences (for example, in the Dartmouth Medical School), you may not be eligible for independent study credit in the second term and you may not be able to continue the research as a senior honors thesis.  Check with your major department for specific information on the department's policy.
  • The assistantship can be done during any two academic terms of junior year (agreed on by you and your faculty mentor) -- this can include "sophomore summer."
  • If there are more applications than stipends available, academic standing will be a criterion for selection of James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars.

Additional Information

  • Students will receive notification of acceptance into the program approximately 3 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Students can begin the program during "sophomore summer."
  • Both terms of the assistantship MUST be completed during the junior year (which includes sophomore summer).  Students who are unable to complete both terms in the junior year will be discontinued from the program and will not be eligible for the transcript designation.
  • Ownership of intellectual property created by James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars as part of their research assistantships shall be determined in accordance with the patent and copyright policies of Dartmouth College.
  • Transcripts of students who successfully complete both terms of the assistantship will carry the notation James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar Research Assistant.
  • Students who satisfactorily complete the assistantship and successfully complete the honors program in their major department/program (or receive honors for the project for which they were appointed a Senior Fellow) will be designated James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars at Commencement and on their transcripts.

Faculty Project Database       

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Instructions and Link to Presidential Scholars Application System

Last Updated: 1/11/16