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Dean of the Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Faculty Student Summer Research Program

Summer 2016 Dates

The Faculty Student Summer Research Program, initially funded in part by the W. M. Keck Foundation, enables teams of Skidmore faculty and students to engage in significant projects over ten-, eight- or five-week periods during the summer. The project should be closely related to the faculty member's curricular, pedagogical, scholarly, or creative interests and should be planned and executed by the student and faculty member working together. Projects should ensure good student learning outcomes.
The project should be defined in such a way as to permit completion of a substantial portion of the project by the end of the research period.  Participants in this summer research program are expected to work from campus for the duration of the program.  However, if remote off-site work is required, a project may involve time spent at another location (e.g., as part of field work for data collection purposes).  In this case, the proposal must include a rationale for this special request.
Each team will give an oral report on the planned project, explaining goals and methods, early in the period; participate in a discussion about the Faculty Student Summer Research Program in early July; and submit a final report, demonstration, poster, exhibition, or other appropriate activity on progress and achievements at the close.  If the project involves time spent at another site(s), participants are required to attend the opening and closing summer sessions. 


  1. Each faculty participant on a ten-week program will receive a stipend of $2,000; $1,600 for the eight-week program; $1,000 for the five-week program. Depending on the level of external funding for a given project, faculty may receive a portion of the stipend or none at all.
  2. Each student participant on a ten-week program will be paid $2,500; $2,000 for the eight-week program; $1,250  for the five-week program. All students will receive free room and board on Skidmore's campus for the duration of the program. Because the program emphasizes the sharing of ideas and experiences, students are strongly urged to live on campus. In exceptional circumstances, students may be granted permission by the Faculty Development Committee (FDC) and/or the Associate Dean of the Faculty to live off campus (in such cases the students will have to provide for their own housing). Whether living on or off campus, students are expected to participate in all Faculty/Student Research group activities.
  3. Faculty may apply for funds to purchase supplies and equipment of modest cost (not more than $750). Faculty may also request funds to pay for the costs of travel to conferences where faculty/student teams will report the results of their research or further costs of printed publication. The FDC budget for such costs is limited, and faculty are urged to use departmental funds as well to help pay for their costs.
  4. Faculty will not receive a stipend if they are funded by an outside source during the period of the Faculty Student Summer Research Program support unless the level of salary funded by the outside source is less than that provided by this program. In such a case the faculty member may request supplementary salary up to the level specified above. However, faculty receiving a Summer Faculty/Student Research Program grant may derive summer salary support from outside sources for the portion of the summer either prior to or after their period of commitment under this program.


Faculty/Student teams wishing to participate in the Faculty Student Summer Research Program should submit an application (one application for each student) to the Office of the DOF/VPAA by February 5, 2016. The FDC will communicate its selection of funded proposals to all applicants prior to spring break. The application should consist of the following clearly marked components:

  1. the names of the student and faculty team members. Indicate if either has participated in the Faculty Student Summer Research Program before, and if so, when;
  2. the title of the project;
  3. a brief description or abstract of the project (500 words maximum) written in a fashion comprehensible to non-specialists;
  4. a statement written by the faculty member providing a description of the working relationship with the student and how the experience benefits the student's educational, professional, and/or creative goals; a justification for the requested grant period and  information regarding external funding;
  5. a statement written by the student providing a description of the working relationship with the faculty member and how the experience benefits his/her educational, professional, and/or creative goals;
  6. a statement of the goals, proposed activities, and format of the final outcome (e.g., journal article, exhibit, website, conference presentation, etc.);
  7. an itemized budget listing the costs of equipment and supplies needed to complete the project;
  8. signatures of both the faculty and student applicants; and
  9. if a team project, a Team Application cover paged completed by the faculty member.
The Application Cover Page must be attached to materials submitted by both the student and the faculty member.


  1. Each proposal will be judged on the merits of the project, its feasibility, the clarity of presentation and the nature of student learning. 
  2. Projects which have the potential for generating continuing work of an intellectually stimulating nature after the grant period has ended will be favored. 
  3. Where proposals are equivalent in merit, selection of proposals will favor distribution of grants across the largest possible number of disciplines.
  4. Only proposals from faculty who will return to the College for the following academic year will be considered.
  5. Priority will be given to students who have not graduated prior to the start date of the summer research collaborative grant award.
  6. This program is available to only those teams that apply to the FDC.
  7. Teams will be selected by the Associate Dean of the Faculty and the Program Coordinator following recommendation by the FDC.


  1. Other summer commitments that either the student or the faculty member may have must not interfere with the demands of this program. Please note that during the grant period students may not enroll in summer school since they are expected to commit to the project a minimum of 35–40 hours per week. The collaborative work schedule shall be the priority over all other commitments and will be determined in consultation with the faculty mentor. Students will not be supported to stay on campus beyond the grant period for which they have been funded. Faculty members are discouraged from teaching in summer school or participating in any other grant program during the grant period. 
  2. Applications need to specify the grant period. 
  3. Teams are expected to be present for the group sessions unless prior arrangements have been made with the Program Coordinator for the Faculty Student Summer Research Program when the awards are accepted.  Participating teams will be given a schedule of expected dates for session participation. 
  4. Teams may be asked to participate in programs where they can report on their work from the summer to the larger Skidmore community during the succeeding academic year.
  5. All financial documentation and itemized receipts need to be submitted to the Office of the DOF/VPAA by the end of the summer program. 
  6. All materials and/or equipment purchased with the aid of grant funding become the property of Skidmore College when the funded project is completed.


A FINAL REPORT is required from both the student and the faculty member.  Presentation at the Final Meeting will constitute a Final Report.  However, if a final presentation is not made at the Final Meeting, a written Final Report must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs by September 15 immediately following the summer the research project occurred. Faculty members must submit one report for each award. Failure to file a final report may result in advances being treated as taxable income and will disqualify participants from future grant opportunities.

The Final Report, submitted online, will consist of a written summary and a brief description of expenditures. The Final Report forms can be found at:

FACULTY Final Report:

STUDENT Final Report: