Student Applications

The application window will open February 1, 2021, and the deadline for all applications is March 31. All students must have been in contact with the faculty member with whom they would like to work before submitting their application. Students and faculty must agree on the time commitment (8 weeks, 40 hours/week, between May 24 and July 16), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. blog posts, research paper/poster). Students participating in the program must complete a brief reflection paper. Students submit their applications to the Summer Research Program Faculty Director, Dr. Stacey Doan, at Stacey.Doan@ClaremontMcKenna.edu by March 31, 2021. Applications should have the subject line "SRP 2021", and they should include a resume, unofficial transcript, and a cover letter. The cover letter should include responses to the following three questions:

  1. Describe the aims of your summer research experience. Explain the merit of your proposed project and your qualifications for conducting it. Include descriptions of relevant coursework and research experience in support of your qualifications.
  2. Describe the agreement with your faculty advisor regarding amount of work, work expectations, and expected outcomes (e.g. blog posts, research paper/poster).
  3. Describe the depth and value of your proposed intellectual experience – what do you expect to learn and why is this learning experience valuable to you?

Priority will be given to students in good academic standing in the social and mathematical sciences and humanities who do not have access to other sources of institutional funding (e.g., students who are not associated with CMC research institutes or do not have access to departmental funding). SRP applicants should be enrolled in spring classes (part-time or full-time) and planning to return for fall semester. An exception to this policy may be considered for specific cases. A faculty committee including the Program Director, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Research, and at least one faculty member from another discipline will review the applications and communicate their decisions by May 1, 2021.

Once students are notified, they have one week to accept or decline their SRP offer. If accepted, students then register through the Sponsored Internship portal. After creating an account, applicants will complete all required forms on, and upload all required documents to, the portal.

All CMC students may apply anytime for additional funding for research-related supplies, participant payments, or travel to present research by submitting an experiential funding request.