In summer 2012, 22 Harvard undergraduates set out to destinations near and far as recipients of grants from the Center’s Undergraduate Summer Research Fund. The students completed independent and faculty-sponsored research on a variety of topics, including climate dynamics, ecology, and energy. Laila Kasuri ‘13 and Charles Gertler ‘13 recounted their experiences tackling environmental issues in Pakistan and China, respectively.
The Center for the Environment’s Undergraduate Summer Research Fund provides financial support for student research projects related to the environment. The Fund offers two types of support for summer research experiences for Harvard students:
1) Independent Research: The Center supports independent, original environmental research, usually with the goal of supporting a student thesis. Students must complete an online Summer Research Fund application form and research proposal outlining a plan of research with the support of a faculty advisor. Faculty advisors, in turn, must submit a letter in support of the student's application. Award amounts for independent research are typically between $500-$3,500, with preference given to rising seniors seeking funds for senior honors thesis research. Students participating in research as part of an internship program are not eligible.
2) Research Assistantship: The assistantship program allows students to participate in more directed summer research experiences under the guidance of Harvard faculty. The program offers funding for up to ten weeks and students are paid an appropriate stipend. Each winter, the Center collects a wide variety of research assistant opportunities from its Faculty Associates and advertises them to students via the Center’s website. To start the application process, students should first identify available research positions that are of interest to them and contact the sponsoring faculty member directly to secure a brief letter of support, after which they should complete the online Summer Research Fund application form.
The application deadline for summer 2014 has passed. Opportunities for summer 2015 will be on our website in January 2015.
View the list of summer 2014 research assistantship opportunities to get an idea of what might be offered next year.
Faculty Associates: Interested in submitting a job posting for a Research Assistant? E-mail a paragraph about the project to Eric Simms. After a brief internal review, your job will be posted to our site.
Eric Simms, Educational Programs Manager
Phone: (617) 496-0746
Address: Harvard University Center for the Environment
24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
For more information about students and projects that have received prior funding, see:
The Center gratefully acknowledges Bertram Cohn and Barbara Wu & Eric Larson for their generous support of the Undergraduate Summer Research Fund.