Faculty Supervisor FAQs

The Summer Research Program (SRP) supports intensive student involvement in faculty supervised research at Trinity during the summer.  Students receive a maximum stipend of $3,500 for 10 weeks’ full-time work, as well as on-campus housing. In addition, students are invited to participate in weekly lunches featuring speakers and panels.​

Short applications are prepared by the student in close consultation with the faculty supervisor, and are considered by the Faculty Research Committee​ in mid-February.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?

A: All continuing Trinity College undergraduate students are eligible to be research assistants. Trinity College faculty members on continuing full-time appointments are eligible to supervise students who receive funding through this program. ​​

Q: What should I do if I already have a student in mind for a project? 

A: Work with your student to help them prepare their application.  Students will be asked to briefly describe theresearch project, and also to explain how participation in the program will help them acheive their academic goals. Project descriptions should be written in language readily understood by a general audience, as opposed to an expert in the field.

Q: What should I do if I have an idea for a project and I’m looking for interested students?

A: You can post a brief description of your project here​. Students who are looking for a summer research supervisor can browse and contact faculty whose projects sound interesting. You can then work with the student to prepare the application.

Q: What happens once my student submits an application?

A: You will receive an email with a link to the Student Research Tracker. When you log into the website, you will be able to see all applications which list you as a potential faculty supervisor.  You will have the option to reject the application (if the student has not consulted with you), ask the student to revise and resubmit (with comments, if the application requires modification), or accept and forward to the FRC for consideration. You will first be asked to provide the following input:

1. Provide a list of tasks the student researcher will perform (250 word max)

2. Describe the anticipated educational benefit to the student. (250 word max)

Q: What should I do if multiple students ask to work with me?  And what if a student is approved to work with me but later pulls out?

A: Please keep in mind that the FRC may not be able to fund more than 2 students per faculty member (with the exception of Public Humanities Collaborative  projects-see below) as you advise students.  However,  sometimes students' plans  do change, so some faculty may want to line up backups. Once all applications have been submitted, you will be asked to rank your student applicants, which allows you to effectively create a waiting list. The FRC will take these rankings into account as they make awards. and if a student who receives an award pulls out at a later date, subsequent student applicants on your list may later be awarded a spot.

Q: I am interested in sponsoring a student in a humanities-based inquiry, but I don’t have a specific project in mind. Are there resources to help me develop one?

A:  Megan Hartline will host several Q&A sessions in January to help you think about ways you can incorporate students in your summer research plans. She is also happy to meet with faculty one-on-one to develop potential projects. Some potential summer research projects for students might include: conducting and transcribing oral history interviews; digitizing and translating texts and interviews; or curating archival materials and creating a database.

Q: What is the Public Humanities Collaborative, and how can I get involved?

A: The Public Humanities Collaborative, a new grant-funded component of the Summer Research Program, will bring together students, faculty, and Hartford-area humanities partners to explore themes in the humanities and creatively engage both scholarly and public audiences. PHC Faculty Fellows will work with a team of 2-4 students for approximately 15 hours a week on a humanities-based research project. Students will also spend approximately 15 hours a week working with a Hartford humanities partner on a public humanities project. Each week, faculty, students, and community partners will participate in workshops on collaborative strategies and digital tools in the public humanities. Proposals are welcome from faculty in all divisions at Trinity, but must have a humanistic focus. To learn more about this program, email Megan Hartline or visit the PHC website​.