Brendan & Trystan O’Leary Summer Research Fellowship in Chem & Biochem

During the summer of 2011, the O’Leary Research Fellowship will support one student conducting research in chemistry or biochemistry. The research may be on campus and under the direction of a Bates faculty advisor, or off campus at another research institution. Funds are also available to the selected fellow for supplies and/or conference travel.

The fellowship was established through a generous gift from Brendan and Trystan O’Leary.

The O’Leary Summer Research Fellowship is overseen by the Student Research Committee. The fellowship is awarded through the student research fellowship competition.

Application Deadline:March  1

The O’Leary Summer Research Fellow is expected to devote a significant amount of time to a chemistry or biochemistry research project for at least eight weeks during the summer. Summer research projects  usually are conducted under the direction of a Bates faculty advisor, however in some cases the summer work may be advised by a specialist from another institution.

The fellowship award is $3,500. The fellowship funds may be considered taxable (see In addition to the fellowship, applicants may request up to $1,500 to cover supplies and or travel to present the research at a scholarly conference (for a total of $5,000).

The O’Leary Summer Research Fellowship is available to members of the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014. Preference is given to students who propose an exemplary research project that may lead to a senior thesis in chemistry or biochemistry.

Application Procedures

Students applying for an O’Leary Summer Research Fellowship should complete an application form for STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS (available in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, 121 Lane Hall or online at ). On a separate sheet, the applicant should provide a one-paragraph abstract of the research project, and a description of not more than two additional pages describing the project in greater detail, including the research goals and methodology, the project timetable with begin and end dates (these dates will be used as the basis for the fellowship contract), and how the research relates to the student’s academic program. The applicant should explain his or her qualifications to undertake the project, including relevant coursework or other research experience. A short list of bibliographic resources should be attached to the narrative.  If a student is requesting funds for supplies or travel, he or she must attach a budget (up to $1,500). FIVE COPIES of 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 a faculty project advisor in chemistry or biochemistry. 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 in chemistry or biochemistry. Letters of support are due the same day as the application deadline.

Financial Responsibility. In awarding this fellowship, the College understands that the student will carry out the project as designed. Failure to do so will impact all future fellowship or grant funding.

Proposals for the O’Leary Fellowship are reviewed by the Student Research Committee, which bases its selection on the qualifications of the student, the feasibility of the project, and the demonstrated student initiative evidenced in the project design.


More Important Information

  • All summer fellowship awards are contingent upon a student maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Fellowships will not be awarded to students planning to participate in a credit-earning summer academic program, nor can students receive academic credit for the fellowship.
  • This is a research project that involves a significant (35 to 40 hours per week) commitment of at least eight weeks; students are not expected to have any employment on or off campus during the period of the fellowship.
  • The O’Leary Fellow is expected to submit an abstract and a brief (two pages) report on the work to the Dean of the Faculty’s Office within two weeks of finishing the project.
  • All summer research fellows 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 the fellowship contract).
  • All summer research fellows are required to complete a short online survey on their experience, the SURE II survey on Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.
  • Any future grants from this office are contingent upon meeting these requirements.


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