The Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI) is an 8-week residential program that provides opportunities for math and science students at Connecticut College to conduct full-time research with faculty during the summer intersession. Students work closely with an academic mentor in designing a research project, allowing them to grow as independent scientists while building connections with STEM faculty and other undergraduate researchers. The institute hosts weekly colloquia for student researchers to present their work and sponsors organized activities throughout the summer. Each fall the SSRI students get another opportunity to showcase their research at the SSRI Poster Symposium, which is open to the entire college community. Student participation in SSRI often leads to honors thesis work in their discipline, scientific publications, and enhanced fellowship and career opportunities.
Students selected in the SSRI (between 40-50 each year) receive a $4000 stipend and free housing on campus for eight weeks of research. Some funding is also available for faculty to purchase research supplies for their students or to support student attendance at conferences.
For more information and application, go to Summer Science on Moodle Campus
Program Coordinator: Joe Schroeder
Program Director: Mike Seifert
The Summer Civic Leaders Program supports work in civic and community-based engagement in New London, CT. The purpose of this program is to develop long-term commitment and involvement in civic-engagement within the New London community. Participants engage in issues related to housing and homelessness, food justice, health equity, education and youth. Students are matched with community partner organizations, based on their interests and skills, and the nature of the projects outlined by the organizations.
The Civic Leaders program runs for 6 weeks, and students receive a $2000 stipend, plus housing and food at Connecticut College.
In addition to the community placement, students participate in a variety of workshops, community outings, and a required weekly seminar run by the Holleran Center on civic leadership and community engagement. The seminar includes readings and discussions, an overview of the history of New London and the community organizations, best practices in ethical and equity minded community engagement, training in professional etiquette, future opportunities, reflection on the placement work, and final presentations to our partners.
Summer Civic Leaders is supported by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy, the Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of the President.
For more information and application, go to Civic Leaders on Moodle Campus.
Program Coordinators: Rebecca McCue, Libby Friedman
The Connecticut College Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Research Program (ConnSSHARP) provides 8-week summer fellowships for students to pursue intensive research apprenticeships with faculty. Campus housing is included for students conducting in-person research. All recipients are expected to continue building on their summer research in one of the following ways: developing a conference paper, co-authoring a journal article with their faculty mentor, or pursuing individual studies or honors study related to their summer research topic in the year following the award.
Program Coordinator: Pam Wrinn, Office of the Dean of the College
The Funded Sophomore Research Program provides scholarships for Pathway, Center or Certificate Program students conducting research during the summer following their sophomore year. Students are invited to submit proposals for research related to their proposed animating questions, projects or research, in consultation with their Pathway, Center or Certificate Program. Proposals must be developed under the supervision of a faculty sponsor, who is connected to their Pathway, Center or Certificate Program. This faculty sponsor will supervise the research, and maintain contact with the student throughout the entire research period.
Proposals must include a title, a general description of the proposed research area, and a proposed timeline, with as much detail as possible at this time. Funded research projects in the past have included in-depth studies, data analysis, creative work, travel, readings, training programs or classes, and more. Proposals should identify if the research must be in-person, or can be completed remotely from any location.
For more information, go to Funded Sophomore Research Program on Moodle Campus.
Program Coordinator: Libby Friedman
Open to current Connecticut College students, the Bessell SDG internship program supports international internship experiences for students seeking careers in public service. Interns work with organizations focused on one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, priority is given to students with limited international experience who do not plan to study away.
Fellowship includes funding of up to $4,000, pre-departure programming and orientation to the UN SDG’s, check-in’s and reflections associated with the Bessell program. Students will be asked to share their experiences with the campus community in the semester following their internship.
Program Coordinator: Melissa Ryan
Summer is the perfect time to advance your language proficiency, and the Global Learning Lab in the Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement helps to make it possible. We offer personalized advising about programs and funding options to meet your language learning goals and prepare you for a multilingual professional future. We support applications for the Critical Language Scholarship and local scholarships that support summer language study: the Proctor Scholarship for Summer Language Study, the Chu-Kuo Fellowship for Chinese Language Study, and the King Fellowship for German Study. For more information, see here.
Program Coordinator: Laura Little
Connecticut College supports international summer research and study in a variety of ways! The College offers open grants in support of international internships, independent research, or study at international archives and museums, to country specific summer research opportunities and departmental funds. Students interested in international summer study and/or research should contact the Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement about opportunities and application timelines.
Program Coordinator: Melissa Ryan
The Sharis '86 & Thorn '88 Pozen Endowed Fund for Excellence in Journalism, Writing, and Media is a competitive award, endowed by a Connecticut College alumni couple, that supports first-year and sophomore students as they explore potential careers in journalism, writing, and media. The Pozens’ creation of this generous fund exemplifies their commitment to the College and commitment to students’ learning outside of the classroom, a key component of the Connections curriculum.
This fund offers support for any first-year or sophomore pursuing a summer internship, volunteer position, or faculty-directed research related to journalism, creative writing, media, or journalistic ethics.
For more information, go to Pozen on Moodle Campus.
Funding up to $2000.
Program Coordinator: Libby Friedman