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

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 award funding for travel until the ban has been lifted. Students should not submit applications to the Provost's office 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 approved by the College for on campus enrollment.
  • Research labs: undergraduates who are approved by the College for on campus enrollment may have access to some research labs but NOT for research with faculty affiliated with 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for any reason (in good standing or not), they are not eligible for UGAR programs during the terms in which they are withdrawn.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)

  • Remote research: students living on or off campus, whether enrolled in classes or on a leave term, are eligible to engage in remote research. Students are not eligible if they are withdrawn from the college for any reason, even if the withdrawal is in good standing. If any element of the research involves in-person interaction or access to locations outside of a student's current residential location, 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 who are approved by the College for on campus enrollment. 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)

  • 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 who are approved by the College for on-campus enrollment. Students must provide a justification for any element of on-campus research involving in-person interaction and/or access to campus facilities (including labs). Students also must confirm that they have obtained the appropriate permissions and will follow the established safety protocols.

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.

Other Dartmouth programs that provide funding for part-time faculty-mentored research:

Research Scholar Eligibility

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

  • Sophomores: the summer after first year, and fall, winter, and spring of the sophomore year.
  • 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)
  • March 3, 2021 (for spring term research)
  • May 26, 2021 (for summer term research)
  • August 18, 2021 (for fall term research)