Summer scholars

Undergraduates offered research opportunities

In response to the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience's proposals to enhance the intellectual climate, build community and add coherence to the curriculum, Tufts has established the 2003 Summer Scholars Program.

Support will be provided for 30 Tufts undergraduates to do summer research from June through August. Ten students will be funded to work with faculty in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. Another 10 students will work with faculty from Tufts' other schools, including the Fletcher School, the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine. Ten more students will conduct research in one of Tufts' affiliated hospitals and clinics.

Each student will receive $3,500 for full-time research leading to a senior honors thesis or some form of culminating project. In addition, a $1,000 grant to defray research expenses will be made available to each recipient up until the time of graduation. Faculty/clinical mentors will receive a $1,000 research stipend.

The Summer Scholars Program gives undergraduates the opportunity to see and participate in what is happening on the front lines of discovery and scholarship at Tufts today.

The deadline for applications is April 18. Students interested in applying for the program should visit the web site

Citing a desire to amplify and improve the undergraduate experience at Tufts as a priority of his administration, President Lawrence S. Bacow created the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience in fall 2001. Thus far, the task force, chaired by Gilbert Metcalf, professor of economics, has produced two interim reports. A final report, including recommendations, is expected in June.