Hoffman Research Support Grant

The Hoffman Research Support Grants supports up to $1,000 for Summer Research.

Deadline for Submission: 2 March 2015 Hoffman Research Support Application

The Hoffman Research Support Grants support students in all disciplines engaged in research during the summer. Hoffman Research Support Grants can be used to support a short-term summer research project in any discipline. They can support travel to a research site, research supplies, or other expenses related to research. This award may be used in conjunction with other sources of support (faculty grants, work study, etc.), but the need for additional funds must be demonstrated. Hoffman Research Support Grants may be used to support student-faculty research or independent student research conducted under the direction of a faculty member.

Students awarded Hoffman Research Support Grants access their funds through reimbursement for documented expenses.

To apply: First-year students, sophomores, and juniors working in all disciplines may apply.  Graduating seniors may apply to support presentation at conferences within 12 months of graduation. The proposal must include an application form, a one-paragraph abstract, a narrative of two pages or less (double-spaced) that includes a description of the research project, a timetable for the project, and a budget. PLEASE submit your ORIGINAL PAPERWORK AND 5 COPIES of the APPLICATION FORM AND 4 COPIES of the ENTIRE PROPOSAL for a TOTAL of 5 COMPLETE PACKETS.

A letter of recommendation from the research advisor must accompany the application. If the research is to be conducted at another institution, a letter of support from that institution as well as a letter of recommendation from a Bates faculty member must be secured and attached to the application. Letters of support may be submitted directly to the Dean of the Faculty’s Office via email (kobrien@bates.edu).

More Important Information
• Because the goal of summer grant programs is to contribute to a student’s academic success and persistence at Bates, all summer funding is contingent upon a student maintaining a G.P.A. of at least 2.0.
• You can not use research grant funding to participate in a credit-earning summer academic program or receive academic credit for summer research.
• Hoffman Research Support Grant recipients are expected to submit an abstract and a brief final report (in the form of a letter to the Hoffman Foundation – see Hoffman Recipient Reporting Requirements below) to the Dean of the Faculty’s Office within two weeks of finishing their project and to present their research during the Parents Weekend Poster Session unless they are studying off campus in the fall.
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HOFFMAN RECIPIENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

In order to assess the value of our summer research programs, make improvements to them and secure further funding to support them, it is critical that the Dean of the Faculty’s Office secure specific feedback on each summer research project from each participant.  We include your reports for our own reporting to the Hoffman Foundation.

What Do We Need from You? We need a research project abstract and a narrative statement describing the research project, prepared in the form of a letter to the Hoffman Foundation.

When Do We Need the Information? We need all abstracts and letters submitted to the Dean of the Faculty’s Office within two weeks of finishing their project (i.e., the last day of the student’s contract), and to present their research during the Parents Weekend Poster Session unless they are studying off campus in the fall.

Abstract. Describe in a concise paragraph the nature of your work and your research goals for the summer.  Please include the names of all project personnel and all sources of funding. Do not use the abstract originally submitted; report on what you actually did.

Narrative Statement. This short narrative statement about your summer research opportunity (one to two pages) should be prepared in the form of a letter to the Hoffman Foundation, which seeks to hear directly from you about your experiences. These letters should be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty’s office and we will send them in one package to the Foundation, along with a letter from the Bates President.

Please address your letter to:

Mrs. Doris C. Chaho
President
Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc.
970 Farmington Avenue, Suite 203
West Hartford, CT 06107

Your letter to Mrs. Chaho should describe your project goals and your role in the research effort.  Be sure to inform her if your summer research will be continued during the academic year, as a senior thesis or independent study.  If you are a graduating senior, discuss how this opportunity will assist you as you pursue employment or graduate education, if applicable.

Submission. Please submit the abstract and your letter ELECTRONICALLY by sending Word attachments or pdf files to Alison Keegan (akeegan@bates.edu) in the Dean of the Faculty’s Office.  Any future grants from this office are contingent upon these items.

Parents Weekend Poster Session

All students are required to present their research during the Parents Weekend Poster Session unless they are studying off campus in the fall.  Online registration is also required to be submitted within 2 weeks of the completion of the project (i.e., the last day of your contract).  If you are off campus in the fall, it is your responsibility to inform Alison Keegan (akeegan@bates.edu) of your situation.  Any future grants from this office are contingent upon these requirements.