Summer Research Program

The School of Science Summer Research Program gives students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in conducting research. 

The deadline for SRP 2021 has passed. If you are interested in participating next summer, please read the information below to ensure you apply on time.

This is a ten week program over the summer where you collaborate with a faculty advisor of your choice. You (typically) live on campus during the summer and get a stipend of $4000. Participants go to events with other students in the program like BBQs, research meetings, and field trips. You end the summer with a written research report, an oral presentation and a presentation at the Brousseau poster session held in the fall semester. 

Research begins in early June, right after spring semester is finished. You must be in the school of science and planning to return to classes in the fall (no graduating seniors). There is a 3-page application to fill out, they also need your unofficial transcript and a letter of recommendation from an SMC faculty member. The process starts in December so you have to start thinking about it early if this is the type of research you want to do. Applications are due by February, preliminary selection is announced in March and the final acceptance deadline is in May.
For more information, please visit this page.

Frequently Asked Questions for SOS SRP

Can I apply for an on-going faculty research project and also propose my own project?
Yes, you can apply for both. (If you are selected, you will be matched with one or the other, depending on faculty availability.) If you are proposing your own project, we recommend discussing it with an advisor, mentor, or former instructor to make sure you are on the right track.

Can I submit two recommendations?
No. Each applicant can have one recommendation form submitted on their behalf. We recommend discussing with your advisor and/or letter writers if you have more than one possible recommender.

Do I need to limit my responses to the space provided in the application form?
Yes. Please include your answers in the space provided in the word document, using single spacing in at least 11-point font. If you need to convert to a google doc, please limit yourself to the pages provided.

I have additional questions. Who should I contact? 
Email Dr. Ruff at kmr@stmarys-ca.edu