Summer Undergraduate Research Fund

The Center for the Environment’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fund provides financial support for student research projects related to the environment. In the context of this program, 'environment' refers to understanding the relationships and balances of the natural and constructed world around us, with a particular emphasis on understanding how anthropogenic activities and policies affect the environment, including the intimate relationships between energy use and demand, environmental integrity and quality, human health, and climate change.

Note: Individuals who are on leave should seek guidance from their resident dean as soon as possible so there is no problem for them to gain access to application materials.

The deadline for all applications is Monday, April 19th at 5:00PM.

I. HUCE-OFFERED RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS

The research assistantship program allows students to participate in more directed summer research experiences under the guidance of a Harvard faculty member. The Center has solicited a variety of research assistant opportunities from its faculty associates and lists them here on the program website. We expect that all HUCE-offered research assistantship opportunities in the summer of 2021 will be remote-based. Students interested in a research assistantship position should:

  • identify assistantship opportunities of interest to them and list their top two on the application form
  • tell us their academic goals for the summer
  • let us know how long they would ideally like to spend on the project and any special financial circumstances that we should know about

We will take student preferences into account—in addition to input from the project supervisors—to match students with research projects. Students will have an opportunity to accept or reject the project to which they are assigned, but please do not list any protects for which you do not have a genuine interest.

II. RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS ARRANGED INDEPENDENT OF THE HUCE LIST

Students are also welcome to contact an individual faculty member about sponsoring a project that is not on our list of opportunities. The project will be reviewed, and we will contact you and your faculty supervisor if there are aspects of the project that do not meet our requirements. Students in this category should:

  • provide us with a description of the project and duration
  • tell us how the project fits with their academic goals
  • ask their faculty member to confirm their approval by emailing Jillian Murphy at jillianmurphy@fas.harvard.edu

III. SELF-DIRECTED (INDEPENDENT) RESEARCH PROJECTS RESTRUCTURED FOR REMOTE RESEARCH

HUCE is accepting applications from students who are seeking support for remote-based research projects this summer. Students in this category should:

  • provide us with a description of the project and duration
  • tell us how the project fits with their academic goals
  • ask their faculty advisor to confirm their approval by emailing Jillian Murphy at jillianmurphy@fas.harvard.edu
FUNDING FORMULA

The intention is that all of these projects will require a minimum of 20 hours of work per week. Students with research assistantships are expected to have regular meetings with their faculty supervisor approximately twice a week.

We will offer a standard stipend of $1000 per month, and students can apply for a fellowship duration between 1 month and 3 months (in 0.5 month increments). The total funding package will be split into two payments to offer flexibility if unforeseen circumstances arise. Our intent is to fund research opportunities for undergraduates that are as flexible as possible, given the current situation.

Questions?
Jillian Murphy, Program Coordinator
jillianmurphy@fas.harvard.edu

The Center gratefully acknowledges Bertram Cohn for his generous support of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fund.