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.

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 may not also 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 are eligible to participate in that program in addition to UGAR research assistantship programs.

Be sure to also 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 in order to receive a $1000 stipend at the end of each term of the assistantship.

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. Students who are on a leave term but on campus may have the option to participate in the program if their faculty mentor is also on campus that term. Both the faculty mentor and UGAR must give permission in this situation prior to the start of the research term.

Research assistantship application deadlines

Applications are accepted quarterly for Sophomore and Junior Research Scholars to conduct research in the following term (due by 11:59pm):

  • February 27, 2018 (for spring term research)
  • May 23, 2018 (for summer or fall term research)
  • August 15, 2018 (for fall term research)
  • November 6, 2018 (for winter term research)

Note the following:

  • Research assistantship programs run on the academic year calendar (summer through spring).
  • Students planning to conduct their first term of research in the program in fall term may apply in spring or summer.
  • Late applications are not accepted. If you have questions or issues related to your application, you must contact UGAR before the application deadline.