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 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).

Waiver Information

  • 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 if there is a compelling reason to do so (e.g. student and faculty mentor are both on the same off-campus program).
  • Students who want to pursue this option must submit a petition BEFORE the start of the research term. Both the faculty mentor and UGAR must approve the waiver.
  • It is frequently the case that students do not complete assistantships conducted during off terms and end up discontinuing the program. Those that are successful have a clear plan established before the start of the term and maintain regular contact with their faculty mentors.                                                  

Click here to access the petition form.

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):

  • August 15, 2018 (for fall term research)
  • November 6, 2018 (for winter term research)
  • February 27, 2019 (for spring term research)
  • May 22, 2019 (for summer 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.