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Would you like the opportunity to do cutting-edge research in your field under the mentorship of a faculty member and at the same time enjoy independent life on campus and oputdoor activities in the North Country?  Summer research is most often cited by graduating seniors as the highlight of their Clarkson experience!

There are two overlapping summer programs:a regular ten-week program for current Honors student which runs from the third week of May to the end of July and a special five week program for accepted students ("pre-frosh") and under-represented potential transfer students ("REU2") which runs from the end of June to the end of July.  

Ten-Week Program for Current Students

All Honors students in good standing are eligible to apply to conduct project work with a faculty advisor on campus in the summer and the Honors Program will provide on-campus housing and a modest meal stipend.  For current students who join our 10-week program, an additional stipend is available on a competitive basis.  Students are housed on campus and they participate in a variety of trips and other sponsored extracurricular activities while working on projects from research in laboratories to design work in workshops to archival research in libraries to ecological investigation in the field. Details below

Five-Week Pre-Frosh and REU2 Students

If you have been accepted to the Honors Program, you are eligible to participate in our 5-week "Pre-Frosh" Summer Research Program starting even before your first official semester at Clarkson!  Pre-Frosh students get to know the campus and faculty and established friendships with other students before the mad rush at the start of the academic year. All pre-frosh students are also matched with an upper-class peer mentor who helps them adjust to the rigors of university research and to the pleasures of campus life. Any accepted student may join this program.

If you are a student of color or a first generation college student, studying at a two-year institution with the intent to transfer to a four-year institution to complete an undergraduate degree, you can apply to join our Research Experience for Underrepresented Undergraduates (REU2) program.  You should have high academic achievement (min GPA of 3.7) and an excellent record of leadership and service.  Up to 8 students will be accepted each summer.     

The Pre-Frosh and REU2 summer research programs last five-weeks from late June to late July.  The Honors Program covers the expense of on-campus apartment-style housing and provides a modest weekly stipend for meals.  Stipends may also be available.  

Accepted and REUstudents are placed in the program depending on the availability of Faculty Advisors and upperclassmen peer mentors.  We do our best to match Pre-Frosh students based on their anticipated major and areas of interest.  Faculty Advisors and upperclass peer mentors supervise your research and help you develop skills appropriate to your chosen field.  You will meet weekly with other Honors students conducting summer research, learning about their work and developing professional skills.  Summer Research will culminate in a presentation at the Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) at Clarkson University.   You will be part of an intense community of scholars on campus, with unique access to faculty and facilities before everyone else arrives in the Fall and you will be able to enjoy special field trips and outdoor activities organized by the Honors Program.  

For pre-frosh students, this is a really great way to jump start your academic career and to get to know the campus and community even before school begins! For REUstudents, this is a really great way to get to know Clarkson University and the Honors Program, to help you decide if this is the place for you!

In addition to expectations that your Faculty Advisor may specify, the Honors Program has the following requirements of our pre-frosh students during Summer Research:

  • attend a Welcome and Orientation session
  • attend a Lab Safety training
  • submit weekly time sheets and progress reports online by required deadlines
  • attend scheduled lunch meetings
  • attend a mid-summer advisory meeting
  • present research/project results at the SURE Conference at the end of the summer
  • submit a written final report by the required deadline
  • complete an evaluation form for your Summer Research experience by the required deadline

The Pre-Frosh Summer Research Program culminates in the SURE (Student Undergraduate Research Experience) conference, during which participants present the results of their work to the Clarkson community and guests.

Summer Research for Continuing Current Upperclass Honors Program Students (third week of May to end of July)

Summer Research for continuing current upperclass Honors Program students is a ten-week program that runs from late May to early August and for which all students of good standing in the Honors Program are welcome to apply.  You do not have to be on campus for the full ten weeks and students may take breaks for family vacations or other reasons.  However, you will need to seek permission of your Faculty Advisor and inform the Honors Program of any absences, and in no cases may you be on campus for fewer than five weeks. Any assignments that are missed, such as the proposal or conference presentation, must be made up.

For qualified students, the Honors Program covers the expense of on-campus apartment-style housing and provides a modest weekly stipend for meals. Additional corporate sponsorship stipends are also available for research in STEM and energy fields. Participants enjoy unique access to faculty and facilities during the summer, and there are special field trips and outdoor activities organized by the Honors Program.  Graduating seniors typically cite summer research as the highlight of their experience while they were at Clarkson University!

In addition to expectations that your Faculty Advisor may specify, the Honors Program has the following requirements of our upperclassmen continuing students during Summer Research:

  • attend an Orientation session
  • attend a Lab Safety training
  • submit weekly time sheets and progress reports online by required deadlines
  • attend scheduled lunch meetings
  • submit a research/project proposal by the required deadline
  • attend a mid-summer advisory meeting
  • present proposal and project-in-progress at the "mini-conference" for pre-frosh students
  • present research/project results at the SURE Conference at the end of the summer
  • submit a written final report by the required deadline
  • complete an evaluation form for your Summer Research experience by the required deadline
  • serve as a Summer Research peer mentor for a pre-frosh student

Please see syllabus for more requirements. 

The Summer Research Program culminates in the SURE (Student Undergraduate Research Experience) conference, during which all participants present the results of their work to the Clarkson community and guests. 

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"In summer 2010 I worked at Clarkson's Wind Turbine Test Site. This fundamental research helped me win the Goldwater Scholarship and a summer internship position at NASA Glenn. Honors funded summer research gives students an opportunity to learn the research process firsthand, develop an unparalleled relationship with Clarkson professors, and gain scholarships and awards, and future research opportunities across the world."

 

Devon Jedamski '13, Goldwater Scholar 2011 



 

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Honors student Lisa D'Auria '15, spent the summer before her first semester working with Shane Rogers, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering on a project to identify potential environmental and health hazards of manure application on fields in upstate New York farming communities. She traveled to San Antonio, TX, with the research team to present at a professional conference and will be co-author on a forthcoming publication.