Summer Research Program

Student and professor in lab

The CMC Summer Research Program will provide research and intellectual opportunities to up to 20 CMC students on campus over the summer (May 28-Aug 2). The program will offer immersive research experience for students in different disciplines, and the opportunity to engage intellectually and socially with one another. Under the supervision of a CMC faculty member, students will engage in full-time paid work for 400 hours over 10 weeks either on a faculty member's research project, or a project of their own design. Student projects could also be scaled down to full-time work over eight weeks.

The SRP is designed to foster deep intellectual engagement. Students will be encouraged to live in one of the senior apartment buildings on campus, and as a part of their full-time work, will take part in weekly lunch seminars on topics of interest to the diverse group of students. Participating students and faculty will also have the opportunity to socialize at group dinners and off-campus events. The goal of the weekly lunch seminars and social events is to create an interdisciplinary intellectual community. Students will present the results of their projects at a Fall Celebration of Student Research the following September.

Students and faculty will be compensated for their participation in the program. CMC students will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 for 400 hours of work over 10 weeks (compensation may be scaled down to full-time work over eight weeks). CMC faculty supervisors receive $1,000 for participating in the program plus $500 for each student they supervise who participates in the program for at least eight weeks. Faculty who are invited to lead a weekly lunch seminar receive a $200 honorarium.

Prospective students should read through the Application Information. Any questions can be directed to the Program Director, Piercarlo Valdesolo, at pvaldesolo@cmc.edu.