Often, students will find that they have a strong interest in an area of study or investigation but that they lack sufficient time during the semester to explore these ideas. For this reason, the Honors Council sponsors the summer research program.

This program is designed for students who wish to pursue a line of independent research under the supervision of a faculty member. The program allows a student to do significant research during the summer without sacrificing the opportunity to take regular course work. Further, students who participate in the program are building valuable skills for future work in their disciplines.Students who are accepted into the program receive up to 9 weeks of on-campus, and a stipend to cover living expenses. The faculty supervisor will receive $300 for supervising a 10-week project.

Summer Research Application Info

Final Reports and Presentations:

If you receive a summer research grant from the College, you must submit a written report to the Honors Council on the first day of classes of the fall semester. Your report must be accompanied by a detailed evaluation by the supervising professor.

It is expected that students will write their reports during the summer research period, not upon their return to campus for the start of the fall semester. The report should be submitted to the faculty supervisor on, or shortly after, the final day of the research period. This will give the project supervisor time to read and critique the report, so that a revised report, together with the supervisor's assessment, can be submitted on the first day of fall classes.

Note: Normally the results of the project itself will be a long essay or paper. The format of this essay or paper will be appropriate to the field of study.

In addition, all recipients of Student Summer Research Grants must present their results in a public presentation to be held in a student symposium (on campus) in early September.

David Bushhouse '19

David Bushhouse '19 is one of only eight students from the state of Virginia to be named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar, awarded to undergraduates in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

David Bushhouse '19

Summer Research Program

Dr. Michael J. Wolyniak , Director
Associate Professor of Biology
Gilmer Hall, 129 | P.O. Box 183 
Hampden-Sydney College | Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
(434) 223-6175

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