Program Overview

Made possible by generous donations in honor of friends of Saint Mary’s College, special awards are available to students to conduct scientific research guided by a faculty mentor.

We welcome all science students to become a part of our Summer Research Program. Within the ten-week time span, students will work in close collaboration with their choice of a faculty advisor, with whom the student will consider as an additional resource for their research projects. Students spend the summer (typically after their sophomore or junior year) gaining first-hand experience with genuine scientific research. Participation in the program is awarded through School-wide competition. Successful applicants receive a stipend of $3000, housing on campus, and a budget for supplies and expenses.

Thanks to the generous donations, the following awards are available for students: 

  • Mal and Sylvia Boyce Scholar Award
  • Robert W. and Beverly J. Summers Research Award

The Summer Research Program includes a variety of activities during the summer, including barbecues, research meetings, field trips, and various social events. The work culminates with the submission of a formal written research report, and presentation of results at the Brousseau poster session held on campus each fall.

Students participating in the Brousseau poster session may be selected to present their work at various national and local conferences, including the annual meetings of Sigma Xi and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In addition to the Summer Research Program at SMC, many students participate in research during the academic year. Furthermore, Saint Mary's students have been accepted into summer research programs at various colleges and universities across the country, and have successfully pursued internships in industry. For more information, contact your advisor, other professors in the School of Science, or the Dean of the School of Science.

Although exact dates for the following year's summer research information meetings/sessions are not yet determined, the following is a rough estimate of the time of their occurrence:

  • Information session: late February
  • Student interest form due: early March
  • Full application due: late March
  • Awards announced: early April
  • Planning meeting: late April/early May
  • Research begins: early June
  • Written research report due: mid-September
  • Brousseau poster session: early October