Summer Research Program

The DISCOVER Research Center will fund 10-15 student research grants in summer 2018 for undergraduate or graduate students working with a faculty mentor on a research project or creative endeavor. Students selected for a research grant will receive a $1000 stipend and may be eligible to receive room and board for up to 6 weeks while the project is ongoing.

How do you find a faculty mentor?

Students interested in working with a faculty member on research, scholarship, or creative activity may either directly contact a faculty member who seems to be doing work in a field that interests the student; or use our database of faculty. The database is
updated as new information is received.


To be eligible for a Summer Research Program grant, students must be in good academic standing. Students research projects or creative activities are collaborations with a faculty mentor that must be related to the faculty mentor’s scholarship. Students who will be August graduates are not eligible.


Proposals are jointly submitted by the student and faculty mentor. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Name and contact information (local address, telephone number, and e-mail address) for the student submitting the proposal
  • Purpose of the project
  • Personal statement that might include why the particular project was selected, accomplishments to date, and what impact the project may have on the student’s future career plans
  • Significance of the project to the faculty mentor’s scholarship
  • Description of the student’s specific duties and responsibilities for the project
  • Anticipated week-by-week schedule of student’s activities for the duration of the project
  • Evidence of Institutional Review Board approval (or pending approval) for any projects involving human or animal subjects
  • Letter of recommendation from the faculty mentor

Download a 2018 Application (doc)

Proposals may be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail or via campus mail to the, Associate Provost of Research and Graduate Education, Marymount's Ballston Center, room 2050.


Summer research grant applications are due April 16, 2018.