Summer Scholars Program

About the Summer Scholars Program

Summer Scholars began in 2010 as part of the St. Kate's Collaborative Undergraduate Research program.

The program provides an opportunity for faculty and students from all disciplines to work collaboratively on their projects while immersed in a culture of scholarship with other research teams. Each team is comprised of one faculty member and one or two students.

Our program has two primary objectives:

  1. Provide meaningful, rich experiences for students in which they make significant contributions to scholarship.
  2. Provide faculty with the resources and support they need to advance their program of research/scholarship.

Support for Scholarship

Summer Scholars promotes faculty-student collaboration on research/scholarship projects in all disciplines for undergraduate students. We provide compensation for faculty and students to focus on their scholarship during the summer, and we provide encouragement, support, and resources to support the peer-reviewed dissemination process.

Community of Scholars

Summer Scholars creates a supportive community of faculty and student scholars who learn from and support each other. Students and faculty attend weekly workshops and social gatherings (e.g., coffee breaks). Meetings foster group discussion of scholarship, progress, and barriers while workshops promote faculty development (e.g., exploring external grant opportunities) and student learning (e.g., developing a competitive résumé/cv). The community of scholars is a critical part of this program.

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.

All students are expected to submit their work for presentation at a peer-reviewed venue (e.g., undergraduate or discipline-specific conference, gallery exhibit, performance) during the 2019–20 academic year. Additionally, teams will be encouraged and supported in their efforts to publish their work in a peer-reviewed journal or the discipline equivalent. Students also are required to present their scholarship at the Sr. Seraphim Gibbons Undergraduate Symposium in spring 2020.

Teams conducting research with human participants need approval from the Institutional Review Board prior to beginning their scholarship. Projects that require IRB approval will not be formally accepted for Summer Scholars support until they have been approved.

Participants evaluate the Summer Scholars program and its components.

Students and mentors are asked to promote the program and connect with the community by sharing your Summer Scholars work. Teams may be asked to present their work to prospective students, University community members, donors, potential donors, and alumnae or to discuss the Summer Scholars program with them.

All teams must submit a final report by Friday, September 6.

The Summer Scholars program is committed to promoting collaborative scholarship across disciplines while supporting both faculty and students. Faculty who fully engage in the Summer Scholars program will be paid the equivalent of teaching one four-credit summer course. Students will be paid $12.25/hour and are expected to work 20 hours per week.

The dissemination requirements (see above) require students and faculty to continue working on their scholarship during the 2019–20 academic year. While we strive to provide funding for students, we cannot guarantee that students will be paid in the fall (though we guarantee funding for travel to NCUR if abstracts are accepted). Faculty are paid for their work in the summer only.

This year, we are able to fund two additional Summer Scholars teams for projects that meet the following criteria:

Your application must address one of the three pillars of the GHR Foundation's investment in St. Kate's. The primary tenets of each pillar are as follows:

  • Global Health. St. Kate’s deep commitment to Catholic Social Teaching embraces global access to basic healthcare and equity in the social determinants of health as essential human rights. We are called to become an international leader in the development of learning pathways and community-based partnerships that expand access to basic healthcare and to those social and environmental factors that promote health for the world’s poor, including U.S. immigrant communities. Projects will emphasize the social and physical environments that address both preexisting health conditions and conditions that developed during emigration or are exacerbated by current living conditions.
  • Primary Care. Primary Care is the principal locus of interface between millions of people and the healthcare system, the place where “seeds of lifelong wellness” can be sown and cultivated. Projects will emphasize the social determinants of health, and an expanded understanding of primary care delivery—one that focuses on community-based health through multiple providers (healthcare and non-healthcare alike) who develop substantial programming that positively affects a population.
  • Senior Care. The nation is moving toward a “new day” in terms of the number of older citizens and accompanying expectations for health and healthcare that is high quality, accessible, and that shapes new paradigms of practice and community living designed to enhance quality and length of life. Projects will explore ways for seniors to improve their health, maximize their ability to live in their preferred communities, and/or enhance current healthcare delivery approaches. Projects may address the social determinants of health as well as specific healthcare issues experienced by seniors.

If you are eligible, your team will be asked to answer a few additional questions

Apply for the next Summer Scholars Program in early 2020

Student-faculty teams that include undergraduate students and tenured, tenure-track or rolling contract faculty are eligible.

  • Students and faculty must complete an application together. Summer Scholars teams are typically one faculty member and one or two students.
  • St. Kate’s faculty must be tenured or on a tenure track or rolling contract to apply. Adjunct faculty and faculty on temporary contracts are not eligible for the program.
  • Students must be enrolled in a bachelor's degree program and have at least one semester left at St. Kate’s after completing the program to be eligible.

How to Apply 
Students and faculty complete a three-part online application together.

  • Part I, completed by the faculty-student(s) team, includes a project summary, description of dissemination goals, and a detailed timeline (see template below).
  • Part II, completed by the faculty member, includes a brief statement of how the proposed project will help meet scholarship expectations and additional details (e.g., other responsibilities, sources of funding).
  • Finally, each student applicant completes Part III, which includes a brief statement describing her interest in project and qualifications for engaging in this work.

Download Timeline Template (Word)

Dissemination Plan Examples

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