Student/Faculty Summer Research Support Program

HSC Student/Faculty Summer Research Support Program


Fostering student and faculty member collaboration has been a tradition at Hampden-Sydney College for many years.  For at least a decade the College has provided a mechanism and the funds to pair students with faculty members for extended summer research work.   In 2004 President Bortz obtained funds from the Arthur Vining Davis and the Cabell foundations to extend our student/faculty summer research program. Earnings from these endowments will support faculty/student teams who will work together, as mentor and apprentice, on research or creative activities during the summer.

Solicitation of Proposals

The Dean of the Faculty will solicit proposals early in the spring semester from faculty/student teams for research or creative activity projects to be completed during the following summer. The deadline for submission of these proposals is 9 February. The Committee on Professional Development will evaluate these proposals in consultation with the Honors Council and make recommendations to the dean. Application is open to all faculty members who will continue to be employed the fall after the supported work. Student participation is open only to currently matriculated full-time students; students graduating in May preceding the summer award may not receive funding.


The faculty member is responsible for submitting a proposal that will include the following.

   1. Project description written in sufficient detail and in clear language so faculty colleagues in other disciplines may read and evaluate it. The description should include a discussion of the background for the project, why it is important to do, and whether the project will lead to public presentation in a forum appropriate to the field. Generally, a few sentences or a paragraph is an insufficient indicator of scholarly preparation for a research project.

   2. The proposal will provide a tentative budget that lists and justifies supplies or travel requests.

   3. The faculty member will provide the name of the student who will work with the faculty member and a one-page statement from the student outlining why he wishes to work with the faculty member on the project.  The Dean of the Faculty will provide an unofficial transcript for the student.

   4. The faculty member will append his or her updated CV to the proposal.

   5. The faculty member will list other responsibilities he or she will have during the summer.

   6. If a faculty member previously received one of these awards, he or she will indicate whether the project resulted in a presentation at a meeting, a publication or a performance. This information is important in evaluating subsequent proposals.


Questions to consider when formulating a proposal.


1.      Does the proposed project promise truly collaborative work?

2.      Can the project be substantially completed during the summer?

3.      Will this project advance the faculty member's program of research?

4.      Are the supplies and travel budgets appropriate for the project? Are these budgets itemized?

5.      Does the project have the potential to lead to public presentation in a forum appropriate to the field (for example, an article in a refereed journal, display in a juried gallery exhibit, presentation at a professional meeting, etc)?

6.      Has the faculty successfully supervised other student projects?

7.      Given the other summer obligations and the intensive nature of this collaborative work, will both faculty member and student have sufficient time to spend together on this project?


1.      Student stipends will be $2,000 for 8 weeks of full-time research work or creative activity during the summer.  Funds to support the student stipends will come from a variety of endowments or the operational budget.

2.      Faculty stipends will be $3,000 for 8 weeks of full-time research or creative activity supervision during the summer.  Funds to support the faculty stipends will come from the A.V. Davis and Cabell endowments noted above.

3.      In addition to the stipends, teams may request a maximum of $1,000 for transportation (airfare or mileage) and supplies.

4.      The available funds will not necessarily be awarded each year. The total amount awarded will be based upon the funds available as well as the number of requests received and the merits of the proposals.

5.      The Committee on Professional Development will attempt to distribute awards evenly to the natural science, social science and humanities divisions. However, if insufficient proposals of quality arrive from one division, the Committee may reallocate the awards to deserving applicants in another division.

6.      A written report on the expenditure of funds and progress on the research project must be submitted by the supervising faculty member to the dean by the day after the Fall Break following the summer award.

7.      Unexpended supply or travel funds may not be carried over into the Fall Semester.

8.      The faculty member supervising the project is responsible for providing the dean with programs of conferences, performances, or exhibits, and copies of papers from journals or meetings where the supported work was presented.

9.      Faculty members who fail to submit required reports on previous summer research grants will not be considered for funding of subsequent proposals.

10.     Faculty members may not receive a Faculty Summer Research Fellowship and a Faculty/Student Summer Research Program Fellowship simultaneously.

Last updated 12 December 2011

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