Summer Research Fellows

The Levitt Research Fellows Program is open to Hamilton students who wish to spend the summer researching a public affairs question of their own choosing. Summer Research Fellows collaborate closely with a faculty adviser, work on a full-time basis for 10 weeks, submit a 25-page paper and prepare a poster to present during Parents’ Weekend in the fall.

There are two deadlines: a pre-application deadline and a regular application deadline. As part of the pre-application process, students will need to submit the topic for their summer research and provide the Levitt Center with the name of the faculty member who has agreed to act as the advisor. Once the Levitt Center has received the pre-application, we will contact advisors to provide them with information on what the Levitt Council is looking for in students' research proposals and applications. Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure their proposals are well thought out, manageable and focused. The complete application will be due in mid February.

Students selected for the program will receive a $4,000 summer stipend and may apply for a research budget of up to $500. Faculty advisors receive a $2,000 stipend for advising one fellow and $1,000 for each additional fellow they advise. Students from any academic concentration are welcome to apply. Preference is given to rising juniors and seniors. The Levitt Center will not accept any regular applications from students who do not meet the pre-application deadline.

Summer Research Groups

Levitt Research Group Grants support groups of students that complete summer research projects under the supervision of at least one faculty advisor. The grants are intended to encourage faculty and student publications. Fieldwork or original analysis of existing data is generally required, with preference given to teams doing research in the local community. Projects that will be useful for policy makers and other researchers are also encouraged. Students in research groups and their faculty advisors meet face-to-face regularly to coordinate and communicate research efforts. They also participate in a weekly gathering with other research groups. Each student works on a full-time basis for at least 10 weeks, submits a 25-page paper and prepares a poster to present during Parents' Weekend in the fall. Deadline for applications is mid February. Stipends: $4,000 for the student and $2,000-$4000 for faculty members depending on the number of students supervised. It is $2,000 for the first student and $1,000 for each additional student up to a maximum stipend of $4,000. Student and faculty members from all divisions in the college are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

Levitt Center

Kirner-Johnson 251
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4451 levitt@hamilton.edu
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