Information for Davidson Students (First year, Sophomores, and Juniors) who are applying for the DRI Summer Research Program
Students interested in applying for the DRI Summer Research Program should begin consulting with a potential faculty mentor early in the fall semester. Proposal writing workshops will be held in October and November. Please watch for announcements on The Crier and Inside Davidson. Examples of successful proposals from past years are also available at P:\Academic Affairs\Davidson Research Initiative (authentication required).
After consultation with a mentor regarding possible research projects and attending a workshop, students should write a proposal containing all of the elements described below. Students are permitted to obtain feedback on the written proposal from their mentor and others; however, the feedback can only be of a general nature. The actual proposal must represent the students' own work without extensive editing by others.
Please complete the new DRI Proposal Application (authentication required) by Friday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. Please fill out the application form and upload your proposal. Email prompts will automatically be sent to your mentor and faculty recommenders once the online Proposal Application has been completed. Your mentor will be asked to write a letter of recommendation and the faculty recommenders will be asked to fill in a recommendation form. All mentor letters and faculty recommendation forms must be submitted online by Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Student Study and Research Committee. Awards will be made in February.
Completed proposals should be divided into the following sections, with section headings:
- Introduction - in 100 words or less describe your project and what you want to accomplish.
- Justification (Literature or Previous Work) - Why is this work important? (250 words)
- Methods - How will you accomplish your project goals? (250 words)
- Preparation - What previous work have you done that prepares your for this project? (preliminary work, relevant course work, previous research experience/creative projects)- (150 words)
- Dissemination - What are your specific plans for sharing your work both on and off campus? (100 words)
- Interviews or Surveys - If you are planning to conduct interviews or use surveys, please include a list of interview or survey questions.
For your information: The SS&R Committee will request a pdf of your transcript from the Registrar's Office. We will include your transcript with your application for review by the committee.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Shoaf in the Center for Teaching and Learning.