Are you…

Open-minded and curious? Persistent and hard-working? Organized? Self-reflective? Service-oriented and a team-player?  

If so, you should apply to be a research fellow!

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Application Deadline: Extended to November 23, 2021!


Minimum Requirements

  • Interest in an independent research project & tentative topic
  • Three semesters left to complete before graduation
  • Faculty/staff-person willing to serve as a reference*

Before You Apply

Applications need to be completed in one-sitting as there is no way to save an application in-progress. Before you apply, please have the following available:

  • Name and contact information for a faculty/staff reference
  • Your M number and local contact information
  • Answers to the following short essay questions

Please note: A project being used to earn honors thesis or independent study credit(s) cannot be used to receive a stipend as part of the research fellows program.

Short Essay Questions

Please answer each of the following questions in a few sentences. It may be easiest to prepare your answers ahead of time in a document and then copy and paste them into the application form.

  1. What would you like to investigate as a research fellow? Or, what is a potential research interest of yours? Describe. Why does this interest you?
  2. Describe your involvement in activities outside of class? (For example, employment, student organizations, sports, arts, community service, etc.) Why did you choose to become involved in these activities?
  3. Please give an example of a time when you worked successfully in a group/team. (Can be from a work, community, or school experience.) What was your role in the group? What did you find easiest about the experience? What did you find most challenging?
  4. Please include any additional information that you would like us to consider in our selection process.

Selection Process & Timeline

  • November 23: Application Deadline
  • November 24- December 3: Research fellows mentors review applications,  select applicants to interview, and conduct interviews
  • December 8-10: Fellows invited to join the program & complete necessary paperwork
  • January 24, 2022 (Spring Semester): New fellows begin participation in the program


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