Science Fellows Program Faculty-Student Summer Grants
Deadline: March 1st by 11:59 PM
The college is offering funding to STEM faculty who hire a current first-year or sophomore Bates Science Fellow as a summer research assistant. This is a key part of the science enrichment experience for the Fellows who are eager for research opportunities while at Bates.
The Bates Science Fellows Program
In 2014-15, the college launched the Bates Science Fellows program to support incoming first-years in science; John Smedley directs the program and teaches its two half-credit courses for first-years. Karen Palin launched a new Science Fellows course sequence for sophomores in 2018-19. The program encourages retention and success in STEM fields among students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Alaskan, Native American, Native Pacific Islander, and first-generation to college students as well as students from under-resourced high schools in Maine. Students are selected for the program through recruitment and application, and are chosen based on their interest in and aptitude for STEM.
The Science Fellows Program takes place during the academic year, and is grounded in two half-credit courses in the fall and winter terms that enrich, review, and supplement course work in gateway STEM courses (CHEM 107/108, 217, 218; BIO 190, 242, 270; PHYS 107/108). The program also introduces students to science writing, reading scientific literature, quantitative skill building, and careers in STEM. For more information go to bates.edu/stem-scholars/.
Providing Research Opportunities for Science Fellows
National research and data from Bates students tells us that providing early-career students from underrepresented groups with a research opportunity in which they work collaboratively with faculty mentors is one of the most powerful tools we have in retaining strong students in STEM fields.
Summer Bates Science Fellows Program Faculty-Student Grants
The Science Fellows Program has funding for up to four research grants to faculty who bring one or two of the Science Fellows into their research group. The research may be in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, digital and computational studies, environmental science, geology, mathematics, neuroscience, or physics.
This grant is intended to give Science Fellows, especially current first-years and sophomores with little or no research experience, a solid introduction to STEM research. Faculty mentors should provide ethics and lab/field training, and work one-on-one with the Science Fellow on research goals, methodologies, and analysis. Upperclass students in the lab should be engaged as mentors as well.
Each grant provides funding for Science Fellow wages (please budget at $11.00/hour) for up to 40 hours per week for up to eight weeks during the summer; students pay for their room and board from these wages. Grants also provide funds for supplies or research travel, up to $2,000 per Science Fellow.
- Interested faculty members should consult with John Smedley and Karen Palin about their research program and the Science Fellows who would be best suited to join the group. Smedley or Palin and the PI will talk with the identified student to determine their level of interest.
- Faculty members may submit an application form and proposal by midnight on the date above. The proposal must include an abstract and a statement describing the research goals and methodologies, the project timetable with the start/end dates of the project (these dates will be used as the basis for the payroll contract), a statement on the specific involvement of the student researcher, and a budget for student wages, supplies and/or travel, as applicable. Please indicate the Science Fellow(s) you have identified. Please write your project description for a general reader.
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FORM with all materials attached via the webform BY 11:59 PM ON the date listed above.
- The Committee on Faculty Scholarship reviews proposals, considering the degree of faculty commitment to providing students with genuine research opportunities, and the benefit of the research experience to the student’s college career. If a faculty PI is proposing to hire two student researchers, the PI must offer a compelling justification for needing two rather than one student.
- Science Fellows hired as summer researchers must meet with the faculty PI as soon as possible to finalize the project days and organize payroll. Faculty and students should discuss the scope of the project, the schedule and other details of the work before the student agrees to participate. Students are paid hourly (not to exceed 40 hours per week in the summer). Hours are submitted through Web Time Entry; the faculty PI approves the student’s hours.
Conditions of the Grant
- Students may not work more than 40 hours per week on this project and may not hold a fellowship at the same time as they hold a Science Fellow summer researcher position.
- This grant provides Science Fellows with an opportunity to engage in long-term, intensive research. Students are expected to work eight to ten weeks full time during the summer (up to 40 hours per week).
- The faculty PI must also submit electronically a one-page written evaluation of the student’s work, and comment on the overall success of the project within two weeks of the completion of the project (see reporting requirements).
- Each Science Fellow must submit electronically their abstract and report to the PI for approval (see reporting requirements) and to present his/her project during the Parents Weekend Poster Session if on campus in the fall. Students must also complete the online SURE survey, a national annual study that assesses student research.
- All future grants to students are contingent upon receiving their report.