Tenured faculty and faculty on tenure track or rolling contracts are eligible to apply. Adjunct faculty and faculty on temporary contracts are not eligible for Summer Scholars. Interested faculty should identify undergraduate student collaborators and invite them to apply. Students must have at least one semester left at St. Kate’s after completing the program to be eligible.
Summer Scholars is an intensive 10-week immersive experience for both faculty and students and requires an investment in scholarship, mentoring, and group dialogue to create a strong cohort and culture of scholarship. Faculty must be available without conflicting professional or personal responsibilities that interfere with the ability to fully engage in the scholarly project, to effectively mentor the student collaborator(s), and to actively participate in Summer Scholars workshops and activities. Our commitment to mentoring in this program means that we give preference to applications of faculty who do not have significant competing professional responsibilities during the summer. Note that although Summer Scholars is a ten-week intensive summer program, your commitment is for the entire academic year, as students and mentors are expected to prepare for and present their work at a national conference during the 2019–20 academic year.
Students also need to demonstrate a commitment to the program by describing how they will manage their other obligations and meet the expectations of this program. Students can apply to work 20 hours/week and must commit to submitting an abstract to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in the fall of 2019 and presenting (if accepted) in the spring of 2020 OR to submitting to a discipline-specific conference or its equivalent.
Summer Scholars meetings, workshops, and social events will be held on Wednesdays between May 29 and July 31, 2019. Faculty mentors and students are required to attend the kickoff meeting (May 29, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. with lunch immediately following), workshops (June 5, 12, 19, and 26; July 10, 17, and 24), and the closing celebration (July 31, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.—beginning at 10:30 for students). Student workshops will be on the above dates from 1–2:30 p.m., and faculty workshops will be held from 3–4 p.m., with two exceptions. The midsummer workshop on June 19 for both students and mentors will take place from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., and the final workshop (July 24) will be a joint student-faculty work session from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. with a barbecue lunch immediately following. Additionally, students will meet individually with the director and/or assistant director of Collaborative Research during the week of July 4 (times TBD). Optional social events will be integrated with workshops and/or scheduled early in the summer.
Mentors and students are expected to meet regularly throughout the program. Students are responsible for keeping track of hours worked and mentors are responsible for approving student-submitted work hours in accordance with all human resources policies.