Student Researcher FAQs

The Summer Research Program (SRP) supports intensive student involvement in faculty supervised research at Trinity during the summer.  During the 10 week research period, students are invited to participate in weekly lunches featuring speakers and panels.​ Each student researcher is required to submit a summary of work to the dean of academic affairs at the completion of the student’s contribution to the project. The summary should describe the academic gains the student made as a result of work with the faculty member. Summary reports are due by October 1, following the research period.  In addition, each student researcher will be expected to present the results of their work at the College’s Fall Research Symposium (held in September). ​​

Q: Who is eligible to be a summer researcher?

A: All continuing Trinity College undergraduate students are eligible to be research assistants. 

Q: What support does the program provide to student summer researchers?

A: Students receive a maximum stipend of $3,500 for 10 weeks’ full-time work, as well as on-campus housing.  Meals (apart from the weekly lunches) are your responsibility. If you have concerns about how participation may impact your financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Q: How do I find a faculty supervisor?

A: Talk to your professors and ask them if they have any SRP research projects, or look here ​for a list of some professors who have projects and are looking for students! If you see something interesting, contact the faculty member and tell them you are interested.

Q: I have been talking with a faculty member about their project. How do I apply?

A:  You should prepare the description of the project in close consultation with your proposed research supervisor, and you will be asked to identify them on your application. You will need to answer two questions in order to apply

1.Describe the proposed research project (250 word limit).

2.How will your participation in the student research program help you achieve your academic goals? (250 word limit)

Applications are submitted online on the Student Research Application Tracker.

Q: Can I submit more than one application? ​

A: Yes! But since you can only be awarded one SRP position, so you will be asked to rank your applications if you choose to apply for more than one project.

Q: What opportunities are available for humanities-based summer research?
A: The Public Humanities Collaborative, a new 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. In this program, you will spend half your time (approximately 15 hours) on campus doing academic research with a faculty member (likely working with them on a journal article or book chapter) and the other half collaborating with a Hartford-area humanities partner to produce their public humanities work (such as an oral history collection, interactive website, community discussion, or public performance) for a wider audience. This program is particularly useful for students interested in learning about a variety of possible careers available in the humanities. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Megan Hartline​ or visit the PHC website. Additionally, students who are interested in one-on-one research with a humanities faculty member can search through this table of faculty research proposals​ to find a project they are interested in working on. 

Q: When will I find out if I have been awarded a summer research position?

A: The Faculty Research Committee will notify all SRP applicants via email by mid-March .​​

Q: Can I have additional employment during the summer research period?

A: Students should understand that research will be the primary focus of their summer work, the equivalent of a full-time job, and they may not take on additional part-time employment for the duration of their project. ​​​​​​​​