Stangle Grants for Economics & Law

The Stangle Family Fund Grant for Research in Economics and Law is overseen by the Student Research Committee.

Application Deadline: 2 March 2015  Student Research General Application

Established by Bruce E. Stangle ’70 and Emily J. Stangle ’72, the Stangle Family Fund offers support for students or faculty members to conduct research in economics or law.

Stangle funds may support independent student research in economics or law under the direction of a Bates faculty member, or a research or internship position in a business, professional association, or government agency that deals with issues of economics or the law. For example, a student may conduct economic analysis for a government agency; work for a legal-aid organization; or conduct an internship in a courthouse, law practice, or economic forecasting group. Research abroad is also encouraged. Students are expected to work on their project full time (up to 40 hours per week) for eight to ten weeks during the summer.

Stangle researchers receive support of $3,000.

First-year students, sophomores, and juniors in all departments and programs may apply, but preference is given to juniors whose summer research experience may be related to a possible career. One or two Stangle Grants will be awarded.

Application Procedures

Students applying for a Stangle Grant should complete the following:

(1) an application form for STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS (available in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, 121 Lane Hall or online.

(2) on a separate sheet, a one-paragraph abstract describing the research questions and project goals.

(3) a project description of NOT MORE THAN 2 DOUBLE-SPACED pages outlining methodology and timetable, relevance to the student’s academic program, and the student’s qualifications for the research.

(4) a short list of bibliographic resources (4-5 references).

The application must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, 121 Lane Hall.


Letters of Support. The proposal must be accompanied by a letter of support from the project advisor, usually a Bates faculty member. If the summer project advisor is NOT a Bates faculty member, a letter of support is required from the off-campus advisor in addition to a letter of recommendation from a Bates faculty member. Letters of support are due the same day as the application deadline.

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.
  • This is a research project that involves a full-time (up to 40 hours per week) commitment for eight to ten weeks; therefore you cannot earn additional funds at the College during the weeks you do your research.
  • Stangle Grant recipients are expected to submit an abstract and a brief progress (two pages) report on their work to the Dean of the Faculty’s Office within two weeks of finishing their project to the Dean of the Faculty’s Office.
  • 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 ( of your situation.
  • Any future grants from this office are contingent upon these requirements.