Research Assistantships

UGAR provides stipends for students to serve as part-time research assistants for faculty. Projects must benefit the students academically and/or intellectually. Assistantships cannot be primarily clerical or administrative. Faculty are expected to cover any research-related expenses.

Mentoring students in research requires time and resources, so consider carefully how many students (across all programs) you can effectively mentor in a given year. It is expected that assistantships will be conducted during term(s) in which the student is enrolled in classes, and both the student and the faculty mentor are on campus. If there is a compelling reason to waive this requirement, the student must submit a petition to UGAR prior to the start of the research term.

Students are not required to submit timesheets, but it is strongly recommended that faculty require students to track the time they spend on the project and the tasks they have accomplished.

Research Scholars

The goal of the Sophomore and Junior Research Scholars programs is to provide meaningful faculty-mentored research experiences for undergraduates.

  • Eligibility: Sophomores and juniors in any academic discipline
  • Number of terms: One or two per academic year (summer through spring)
  • Payment: $1000 stipend per term (for 7-12 hours per week, for a total of 100 hours over the course of the term).
  • Tracking: Students are not required to submit timesheets, but it is strongly recommended that they keep a document tracking time spent and tasks accomplished.
  • Application: Students apply in the term before the term in which they plan to begin the research. Applications are due one week before the last day of classes. 
  • Process: Students contact faculty about research opportunities or faculty may also approach students with whom they would be interested in working. Once the student and faculty mentor agree on a project, students submit an online application. Faculty mentors then confirm the collaboration via an online form.

James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars

The goal of the Presidential Scholars program is to provide meaningful faculty-mentored research experiences for juniors to work with Dartmouth faculty, often in preparation for undertaking a senior honors thesis.

  • Eligibility: Juniors in any academic discipline who fall within the top 40 percent of the class.
  • Number of terms: Two (the first term can be sophomore summer).
  • Payment: $1000 stipend per term (for 7-12 hours per week, for a total of 100 hours over the course of the term). In the second term, students may elect to get independent study credit rather than a stipend only if they receive approval from both the faculty mentor and the academic department/program.
  • Tracking: Students are not required to submit timesheets, but it is strongly recommended that they keep a document tracking time spent and tasks accomplished.
  • Application: Eligible students are notified in January of sophomore year, and the application deadline is in the spring of sophomore year.
  • Process: Eligible students contact faculty about research opportunities or faculty may also approach students with whom they would be interested in working. Once the student and faculty mentor agree on a project, students submit an online application. Faculty mentors then confirm the collaboration via an online form.