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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 initially developed in collaboration with Dartmouth's Undergraduate Science Education Program, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The program is currently funded through a variety of funding sources.

General Information

Class of 2019 (current first year students):

  • Applications for 2016-2017 assistantships are due May 11, 2016.


  • Applications may be accepted in summer, fall, and winter on a term by term basis as long as funding is available. Once funds have been fully expended, no more applications will be accepted for the remainder of the academic year.
  • Applications are due one week before the last day of class in each term for research beginning in the following term.  Funding is not awarded retroactively or for research in the same term as the application deadline.  Applications are also not accepted more than one term before the term of research (that is, if you are applying for fall term research, your application must be submitted in summer term).


Program information and frequently asked questions:


  • Stipend of $850 per term (for 7-12 hours of work per week) for one or two terms during sophomore year.
  • 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.

Program Description

  • Students conduct part-time research (7-12 hours per week) with a faculty mentor.
    • This program is for residence term research. 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 scholarships take place during the SOPHOMORE year (students may begin applying 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.
  • Note that this is a competitive program and not all students who submit applications will be selected for the 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Research 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 Geisel School of Medicine.
  • Students may not participate in other research programs in the same terms as they are engaging in research for this program.
  • Students may not receive wages and the Scholars stipend for the same hours they work on the project. The Scholars program requires a 7-12 hour per week commitment.
  • Students may not receive academic credit (e.g. enroll in an independent study) for the research they are conducting as part of the Sophomore Science Scholars 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.

Click HERE for instructions on how to apply for the Sophomore Science Program

Last Updated: 3/10/16