Sophomore Scholarships: Crute & Folt

These two scholarships allow highly motivated and deserving Dartmouth WISP interns to continue their research and mentoring experience during their sophomore year. Selected students continue their research with their first-year WISP mentor.


First year WISP interns who have actively participated in all aspects of the WISP Internship Program and who wish to continue research with the same faculty mentor are invited apply. The scholarships will fund up to 3 terms of part-time research during the student's sophomore year. Scholarships recipients will be enrolled in the Undergraduate Research Assistantship at Dartmouth (URAD) program and the policies of that program apply to these scholarships. In addition, recipients of the WISP sophomore scholarships will be awarded $200 at the time of selection. Recipients are expected to present a research poster at the annual Wetterhahn Science Symposium in May, if they are on campus that term. Students who would like to continue their research full time during a leave term may apply for a leave term research grant.

Barbara E. Crute Memorial Internship

The Barbara E. Crute Memorial Internship honors the memory of biologist Barbara E. Crute, Ph.D. Barbara Crute epitomized an ideal research scientist. Noted for her generosity, cooperative spirit, academic aptitude, and strong work ethic, she improved every laboratory in which she worked. She mentored WISP interns and guided numerous other undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows throughout her Dartmouth research career.

Barbara Ethlyn Crute was born January 15, 1964, in Mount Vernon, New York. She earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and as well as a Masters degree in Biology with a specialization in Biochemistry. She earned her doctoral degree in Biochemistry from the Dartmouth Medical School in 1997 and remained in the department as a post-doctoral fellow and then research associate.  

In addition to being a talented and dedicated scientist, she found much in life to enjoy outside of science. She was a gifted flutist and enjoyed baking, crafts, photography, crocheting, knitting, science fiction, music, art, travel, and collecting antiques. She built her own cabin from the ground up and spent the seasons hiking, jogging, cross-country skiing or just walking in the woods or gardening. She hiked and backpacked with family and friends throughout the continental U.S. as well as in Alaska, Scotland, England, Germany, and Switzerland. On the fourteenth of September, 1999, Dr Barbara Ethelyn Crute unexpectedly collapsed and died as she reached the summit of Killington Mountain in Vermont. She was just thirty-five years old. 

The 2020 winner of the Barbara E. Crute Memorial Award is:

Maia Madison '23
Characterization of a conserved epitope in influenza B hemagglutinin

Carol Folt Research Scholarship Award

The Carol Folt Research Scholarship Award honors the dedication and significant contributions of Carol Folt, Ph.D., to the Women in Science Project at Dartmouth. She was one of the original faculty mentors in the WISP Research Internship Program as well as a member of WISP's Faculty Advisory Committee. Carol has been a steadfast supporter of the program and dedicated mentor to young women in the sciences throughout her years at Dartmouth. She is an environmental scientist and award-winning educator, known for her research in salmon conservation, metal toxicity, and effects of dietary mercury and arsenic on human and ecosystem health. In addition to her role as a scholar and educator, she served as Dean of Graduate Studies, Dean of Faculty, Provost, and Interim President at Dartmouth. In 2010, she was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her scientific work and academic leadership.

The 2020 winner of the  Carol Folt Research Scholarship Award is:

Citlalli Vergara '23
The vulnerability of soil carbon to climate change

Application Process

Students are responsible for insuring that all materials, including faculty recommendation letters, arrive by the deadlines indicated below. Extensions will not be granted, and late applications cannot be accepted.

Step 1: due May 7

Step 2: due May 18


Student research proposal:

  • First year research experience:
    • Summarize the research project (goals, methods, results, conclusions)
    • Describe your role in the project thus far
  • Plan for continuing the research for another year (goals, methods, scientific significance)

Faculty mentor recommendation:

  • Summary of the student's progress during her WISP first-year internship
  • Reasons for supporting the student in her application for this merit-based scholarship
  • Willingness to mentor and supervise the student during sophomore year
  • Brief summary of the research plan for the upcoming year

Other funding for research in the sophomore year

Consider also applying for the Undergraduate Research Assistantships at Dartmouth (URAD) program through Dartmouth's Undergraduate Advising and Research Office (UGAR). Applications are due the week before classes end each term for research in the subsequent term.