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Sophomore Science Scholarships

The program provides sophomores with the opportunity to work on a science research project in close collaboration with a Dartmouth faculty mentor. The program was developed with funding from Dartmouth's Undergraduate Science Education Program, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The program is currently funded through several sources (see below).

General Information

  • Applications for 2014-2015 are still being accepted as long as funding is available. If you would like to apply for a Fall 2014 assistantship, please contact Undergraduate Research NO LATER than Wednesday, August 13, for instructions on how to apply.
  • FAQ for Students
  • FAQ for Faculty

Program Description

  • Students work part-time (7-12 hours per week) with a faculty mentor on research projects while also enrolled in classes.
  • This program is for residence term research during sophomore year. Students interested in leave term research should apply for a research grant.
  • Research scholarships are either one or two terms in length, as per agreement between the student and faculty mentor.
  • Research must be lab/bench science, experimental, theoretical (e.g. theoretical physics), or involve a computational component.  Readings and literature searches may be part of the project but not the primary component.
  • Mentors must have a faculty appointment, and this can be in any department in the Science Division, as well as in Psychological and Brain Sciences, Engineering, and the Dartmouth Medical School.
  • Students are responsible for finding a faculty mentor to work with and should meet with potential faculty mentors to identify a research project of mutual interest.  See “Tips for Finding a Faculty Research Mentor” for information and links to resources about faculty research
  • Note that this is a competitive program and not all students who submit applications will be selected for the program. Women and students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Ownership of intellectual property created by Sophomore Science Scholars as part of their research through the program shall be determined in accordance with the patent and copyright policies of Dartmouth College.


  • Stipend of $750 per term (for 7-12 hours of work per week)
  • Stipends are paid at the end of each term, contingent on submission of a research summary by the student and confirmation of completion by the faculty mentor.

Funding Sources

  • Mellam Family Foundation: a private foundation that supports programs in the area of medical and scientific research, education, the environment, and social services.
  • Hellman Family Foundation: a private foundation that supports a variety of projects. Frances Hellman '78 established this fund through Dartmouth's Women in Science Project.
  • Dean of Faculty:  supplemental funding for the program.


  • Research scholarships take place during the SOPHOMORE year (students apply in the spring of their first year).
  • Scholarships may begin as early as the summer after the first year and must end no later than spring of sophomore year.  Students interested in continuing research during "sophomore summer" must apply for funding through Presidential Scholars or Junior Research Scholars.
  • Students may not participate in other research programs (e.g. WISP) in the same terms as they are engaging in research for this program.
  • Applications are judged on a variety of factors including: demonstrated interest in science, grades in science courses, description of the project and student's role, and the relationship of the research to the student's academic and career goals.

Application Process

  • Click HERE for instructions on how to apply for the Sophomore Science Program
  • Once you have submitted your online application, your faculty advisor will receive a request to submit confirmation of your selection as his/her Sophomore Science Scholar. Your faculty advisor must ALSO submit his/her online confirmation by May 7, 2014
  • Submission of application does NOT guarantee acceptance into the program

Poster Session

  • Sophomore Science Scholars are required to participate in the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium poster session in the spring.
  • Click here for information on the poster session
  • Students who are off campus in the spring (leave term or off-campus program) and cannot participate in the poster session must submit a final report. Click HERE for instructions on final reports.


  • Blitz "Undergraduate Research" or call 646-3690

Last Updated: 8/19/14