Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship

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Full-time Summer Programs for Research and Creative Scholarship

“Summer undergraduate research has taught me discipline and structure, as well as time management. It has helped with my critical thinking and broadened my abilities within interpersonal relationships as well as academia. I have learned so much—not only about my topic of research, but about how to formulate and execute research as well as present to an audience. This program has benefitted me in helping me to become well-rounded as an individual in many areas of my life.” – Jamie Morriss '13

Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowships: CLU students in the Natural Science Division can apply for one of 15 Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowships. These are paid research fellowships that enable students to work one-on-one with a Science Division faculty mentor full-time for 8 weeks during the summer. Students receive up to $4,000 of support and additional funding for supplies (up to $500) and professional travel (up to $500). Faculty compensation is $500 per student. The deadline for the summer fellowships is March 1. Click here for more information and instructions for the application process.

John Stauffer Research Fellows Program in the Chemical Sciences: The research focus of this summer program is based on theoretical perspectives and real-world applications from the Chemical Sciences. Through research application and integration, highly effective and high-impact learning will be most likely to occur in undergraduate students and, by extension, in the chemistry faculty who embrace and embody "engaged" learning. Up to 4 nominated students may apply for a research fellowship to participate in 8 weeks of full-time, faculty-mentored summer research in the Chemical Sciences. Students receive up to $4,000 of support and additional funding for supplies (up to $500) and professional travel (up to $500). There is no faculty compensation. The deadline for the summer fellowships is March 1. To apply, follow the instructions noted for Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowships (see above). Your application will be forwarded by the OURCS to the Chemistry Department Chair, Dr. Kris Butcher. Click here for more information and instructions for the application process.

Darling Summer Research Fellowships for Applied Scientific Computing: Establishment of the Hugh and Hazel Darling Center for Applied Scientific Computing has provided support to foster collaborative activities that highlight the interplay between computational techniques and mathematical modeling. A multidisciplinary command of programming is crucial for formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, interpreting results, and simulating the dynamics of complex natural and physical systems. The goal of these fellowships is to have students across the Natural Sciences engage in research that is full-time, faculty-mentored, novel, and presentable outside the university. Projects across a broad range of science disciplines are desired, but all must meet the criteria of being research and must be computationally driven. Funds are available to support up to 4 students. Students receive up to $5,000 of support and additional funding for supplies (up to $500) and professional travel (up to $500). Faculty compensation is $500 per student. The deadline for the summer fellowships is March 1. Click here for more information and instructions for the application process.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs): The SURF program is a university-supported program that supports undergraduate research and creative scholarship in disciplines not supported by our other research programs.  In particular, it supports projects that are NOT in the Natural Science Division, the Economics Department, or the Global Studies program. Up to 5 awards may be given for each summer. The goal of these fellowships is to have students engage in research or creative scholarship that is full-time, faculty-mentored, novel, and presentable outside the university. Projects across a broad range of disciplines are desired, but all must meet the criteria of engaging students in the scholarly process of a field. Creative work projects must be able to provide ample focus on the scholarly process, not just the outcome. Students receive up to $4,000 of support and additional funding for supplies (up to $500) and professional travel (up to $500). Faculty compensation is $500 per student. The deadline for the summer fellowships is March 1. Click here for more information and instructions for the application process.

Overton Summer Research Program in Economics: The Overton Summer Research Program in Economics is an exciting opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to pursue their research interests in economics. Students work one-on-one with members of the M.S. Economics faculty to develop, quantify, and prepare original research. Participants are members of an active student research community that fosters collaboration and innovation across disciplines. Students receive up to $3,600 for 9 weeks of full-time mentored research. Additional funding is available through the OURCS for professional travel and supplies. The deadline for the summer awards is March 1. Click here for more informaiton and instructions for the application process.

Pearson Scholars Summer Program for Leadership and Engagement in a Global Society: The Pearson Scholars for Leadership and Engagement in a Global Society program is available to 1 to 2 students in the Global Studies program.  During a 10 to 12 week intensive summer program, Pearson Scholars participate in experiential learning opportunities "domestic immersion" projects that expose students to global issues and diverse communities in Los Angeles (and possibly other global cities), and give students the opportunity to be agents of change in society through civic engagement.  Please contact the head of the Global Studies Program, Dr. Greg Freeland, directly (freeland@callutheran.edu) for more information or to apply.

“The summer research program has given me first-hand experience in the field of research as well as experience in communicating in academics with researchers from multiple fields.”– Andrew Anderson '13

“(OURCS) provides an opportunity for students to conduct full-time research without the time burden of extra-curricular or extraneous homework. Students also grow in intellectual maturity through faculty mentorship beyond the classroom. As a humanities student, I valued the time to sit and think, read, and analyze thoroughly on my own schedule without the stress of the school year.”– Rebecca Cardone '13

“I feel like I have learned how to tackle problems more easily and learned how to deal with them more appropriately. I feel like this summer taught me how to be self-disciplined and independent but (I also) learned to ask for help. I feel like I am prepared for future courses and research projects.”– Marilyn Arceo '14

 

“The summer research has helped me tremendously. I was able to get a feel for what a main research project was like and that made me more comfortable to work on my capstone project. I also was able to become more equipped to present math to faculty and peers, and lastly grew more confidence in writing mathematically.” – Justine Duke '13

The summer research program has “given me an opportunity to work closely with professors and allowed me to work with the equipment in my department’s lab.” – Kyle Evans '14

 

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