Program Information

Sophomore and Junior Research Scholarships provide students with the opportunity to assist faculty in their research.

This funding is limited to one research project, with a Dartmouth faculty mentor, conducted  for one or two terms.

COVID-19: Implications for UGAR programs

Monitor College emails for the most current information. The following apply to ALL UGAR programs (additional policies for specific programs are included below):

  • Travel: the College has imposed a travel ban on both domestic and international travel. UGAR will not consider any applications for research that involve travel until the ban has been lifted. Students should not submit applications for travel waivers as those will be denied. Note that UGAR may extend its ban on funding international travel even if the college lifts the institutional ban.
  • Campus access: access to Dartmouth-affiliated buildings and facilities, including libraries and research labs, is restricted to undergraduates who are enrolled in classes AND living on campus. Students living off campus or who are on a leave term will not have access to campus buildings and facilities. 
  • Research labs: undergraduates enrolled in classes AND living on campus may have access to some research labs but NOT for research with faculty affiliated with either Geisel or Tuck. Access to research labs requires special permission, and students may not engage in lab-based research until they have secured the relevant permissions and sent confirmation of approval to UGAR. Information about the restrictions and procedure for requesting research lab access is detailed in the policy on undergraduate research for academic year 2020-2021.
  • Student status: if students withdraw from the College for any reason (in good standing or not), they are not eligible for UGAR programs during the terms in which they are withdrawn. If students are accepted for a UGAR program in a given term but withdraw from the College during that term, they must contact UGAR immediately. See the College webpage on withdrawals for more information. 

Research Scholar programs 
(Presidential Scholars, Sophomore Research Scholars, Junior Research Scholars)

  • Summer term restrictions:
    • Funding only for remote research (no campus access and no domestic or international travel)
    • Not all research can be conducted remotely so discuss options with potential faculty research mentors
    • Students may opt to engage in these programs during a leave term (the leave term petition requirement is waived until further notice). Students may also engage in these programs during a transfer term that has been pre-approved by the registrar. 
  • Fall term restrictions:
    • Remote research: students on a leave term OR students enrolled in classes but not in residence on campus may apply for research that will be conducted remotely from their current location. If any element of the research involves in-person interaction or access to locations outside of their current residence, students will need to justify the necessity of these elements and provide details about safety protocols and permissions.
    • On-campus research: only an option for students enrolled in classes AND in residence on campus. If any element of the research involves in-person interaction or access to labs or other campus spaces, students will need to justify the necessity of these elements and provide details about safety protocols and permissions

Research grants and fellowships
(Leave term grants, honors thesis grants, conference travel grants, Senior Fellowships, Stamps Scholarships, E.E. Just Fellowships, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships)

  • Summer term restrictions: 
    • No funding will be awarded for research on campus, including the graduate and professional schools
    • Students whose research can be done remotely from their current locations (i.e. NO travel involved) would be eligible for leave term funding
    • For leave term and honors thesis grants, see the Canvas application site for further information
  • Fall term restrictions: 
    • Travel: No funding for research that involves international or domestic travel
    • Leave terms: No funding for leave term research on campus (for specific guidelines about UGAR leave term grants, see the application Canvas site)
    • Enrolled on-campus terms: Funding for research on campus is only an option for students enrolled in classes AND in residence on campus. Students must provide a justification for any element of the on-campus research involving in-person interaction and/or access to campus spaces (including labs). Students will also need to provide details about safety protocols and permissions.

About the Research Scholar Programs

Sophomore and Junior Research Scholars assist faculty with their research. Students participating in these programs are not expected to generate their own independent research projects.

The nature of the work and skills required will vary depending on the project, and students should be sure that they have communicated with their faculty mentors and are clear about the expectations prior to the start of the assistantship.

Research Scholar Eligibility

Students are eligible for one research assistantship per year (that is, one or two terms with the same faculty mentor).

  • Sophomores: fall, winter, and spring of the sophomore year.
    • The summer after first year is also an option for students who will be on campus.
  • Juniors: "sophomore summer," and fall, winter, and spring of junior year.

Participation in other research programs:

  • Students participating in the Junior Research Scholars program are NOT eligible to participate in the Presidential Scholars program.
  • Students may not participate in other campus research programs (e.g. Neukom Scholars, Human Development Fellowships) in the same terms as they are engaging in a UGAR research assistantship. The one exception is the Stamps Scholars program. Students may participate in the Stamps Scholars program in addition to UGAR research assistantship programs.

Be sure to review the eligibility guidelines for UGAR programs before applying for a Sophomore or Junior Research Scholarship.

Time Commitment and Stipend

Students are expected to work 7-12 hours per week during the term(s) of the assistantship (for a total of 100 hours) in order to receive a $1000 stipend at the end of each term of the assistantship. Students are not required to submit timesheets, but it is strongly recommended that they keep a document tracking the time spent on the research and the tasks accomplished.

It is expected that the assistantship will be conducted during term(s) in which the student is enrolled in classes and both the student and their faculty mentor are on campus. In some cases, this policy may be waived (waiver information below).

Part-time assistantships

Research assistantships

Applications are accepted quarterly for Sophomore and Junior Research Scholars to conduct research in the following term (due by 11:59pm one week before the last day of classes):

  • November 11, 2020 (for winter term research)
  • February 26, 2021 (for spring term research)
  • May 26, 2021 (for summer term research)
  • August 18, 2021 (for fall term research)