CMC Summer Research Program (SRP)

May 23 – July 15, 2022

CMC offers students the opportunity to engage deeply in research with faculty during the summer through two different programs depending on the field of study. The Summer Research Program (SRP) provides research and intellectual opportunities for CMC students in the social sciences, mathematical sciences, and humanities. For summer research opportunities in the sciences, students apply through the Keck Science Department (contact Velda Yount, VYount@kecksci.claremont.edu).

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SRP students conduct research on campus with a CMC faculty member for 8 weeks over the summer (May 23 - July 15, 2022). Under the supervision of a CMC faculty member, students work on either a faculty member's research project or a research project of their own design. Students will present their plans at an opening reception as well as present the results of their projects at a closing celebration. We are planning for an on-campus program. We will update the community if these plans change.

Program Information

Key Dates
  • February 4, 2022:  Applications open for SRP.
  • February 4 - March 1, 2022:  Students must receive written approval from a potential faculty supervisor and agree on work expectations and outcomes.
  • March 2, 2022:  Online SRP applications due.
  • March 31, 2022:  Students and supervisors are notified via email of acceptance.
  • April 1 - April 6, 2022:  Students must accept or decline their SRP offer. Students who wish to accept are required to complete a registration form through the SIE portal and attend an SRP orientation.
  • May 23 - July 15, 2022:  Summer Research Program (including weekly seminars). 
Faculty Mentors

Prior to applying, prospective students should contact a CMC faculty member to discuss their interest in conducting a research project under their supervision (either a faculty member's research project or a research project of their own design). 

All student applicants must submit a SRP Faculty Approval Form, which includes the following information:

  • a description of  the proposed project, including whether the student will be working on a faculty member's project or their own independent research project
  • the nature of the work to be conducted by the student
  • the expected outcomes (e.g., research paper/poster, annotated bibliography, data analyses, policy report, blog posts, etc.)

Expectations and outcomes should reflect the amount of work to be conducted in a full-time (40 hours/week), 8-week position. 

Financial Support

Students and faculty will be compensated for their participation in the program. CMC students receive $4800 for full-time participation in the SRP for 8 weeks. Students who assist CMC faculty on faculty research projects receive an hourly wage ($15/hour). Students who work on independent projects supervised by CMC faculty can be paid by either stipend or hourly wage ($15/hour). 

Research Opportunities for Summer 2022

Descriptions of specific faculty projects available for SRP 2022 are listed HERE. You may also reach out to CMC faculty members who are not listed here to see if they have any summer research opportunities, or design a research project of your own and seek out a willing faculty supervisor. Students may also work together on a team project supervised by a CMC professor, either one the students design, or one the professor designs.

Previous Summer Research Projects

For examples of past projects, visit the links below:

Questions?

Please find additional information about this program on the FAQ page. If you still have questions, contact the Summer Research Program Director, Professor Stacey Doan, via email at: srp2022@claremontmckenna.edu.

Ready to Apply?

Visit the Student Applications page for specific details about the application requirements and to access the online application form.

Acknowledgments

The Summer Research Program is grateful to the President's Office, the Dean of the Faculty's Office, the SIE Program, and the following institutes for their funding contributions to the program:

Berger Institute for Individual and Social Development
Gould Center for Humanistic Studies
Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies
Mgrublian Center for Human Rights
Rose Institute of State and Local Government
Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World