CMC Summer Research Program (SRP)

May 20 – July 12, 2024

SRP provides opportunities for CMC students to conduct research on campus for 8 weeks over the summer (May 20 - July 12, 2024). 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. (Self-designed projects may be supervised by faculty in any CMC department, other than the Keck Science Department. Students interested in working with Keck Science faculty should contact Velda Yount, Students will present their plans at an opening reception as well as present the results of their projects at a closing celebration.


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Program Information

Key Dates
  • February 16, 2024: Applications open for SRP.
  • February 16 - March 8, 2024: Students must discuss their project with a faculty mentor and include an email from that mentor confirming this discussion as part of the application process. (See application forms linked below.)
  • March 8, 2024: Online SRP applications due.
  • March 29, 2024: Students and supervisors are notified via email of acceptance.
  • March 29 - April 5, 2024: 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.
  • April 30, 2024: Deadline to submit SIE application for funding.
  • May 20 - July 12, 2024: 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). This discussion should cover:

  • 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 who participate in the program are expected to work full-time (40 hours/week) for 8 weeks (except for CMC holidays) and will receive a wage of $17/hour.

Research Opportunities for Summer 2024

Faculty Projects for 2024 can be seen here. You may also reach out to CMC faculty 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:


Please find additional information about this program on the FAQ page. If you still have questions, contact the Summer Research Program Director, Professor Adrienne Martin, via email at:

Ready to Apply?

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


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