Summer Research Program

Posted on October 9th, 2009 by

Recommendation from the Academic Programs and New Initiatives Task Force:

Develop a vibrant undergraduate summer research program.

Additional explanation:

1. Establish a goal of 60 new endowed summer research and creative inquiry opportunities for Gustavus students on and off campus, in addition to those funded by grant money. 2. Fully fund a summer research faculty coordinator and housing staff (e.g., summer CF) to support the activities of faculty and student participants. 3. Establish and fund an intentional residential learning community for summer students. 4. Create an initiative to prepare students during the school year for summer research that may include workshops on writing proposals or research grants; training on succeeding at team research; exploration of ways to integrate research between disciplines (e.g., science and art). Prospective students are increasingly aware that opportunities for research-intensive experiences during their undergraduate education will make a powerful difference in the quality of their education. In addition, the faculty is increasingly aware of the value of providing intensive research experiences for students who are highly motivated and mentoring students with great potential. This includes actively addressing gaps, such as students from underrepresented groups who choose natural science majors. Expanding the on-campus summer student research/creative inquiry community is a key factor in competing for the best prospective students and in raising expectations for all students and preparing graduates for their next steps.

This recommendation was placed in the Quality-Enhancing and Innovative Initiatives Strategic Framework Substantive Category using the language:

Develop a vibrant undergraduate summer research program.

This recommendation was placed is Tier 1 and is being monitored by the Provost and Dean of the College.