Office of Undergraduate Research

and Creative Scholarship

Full-Time Summer Research

These sponsorship opportunities enable undergraduate students to participate in full-time research and creative scholarship over the summer at Cal Lutheran.

Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowships (Natural Sciences)

Cal Lutheran students in the Natural Science Division can apply for one of 15 Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowships. These are paid research fellowships that enable students to work one-on-one with a Science Division faculty mentor full-time for 8 weeks during the summer.

Students receive up to $4,000 of support and additional funding for supplies (up to $500). Faculty compensation is $500 per student. In addition to the Research Fellowship, a student may apply to receive up to $500 for professional travel, supplemented by OURCS.

The deadline for the summer fellowships is March 1. If March 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications are due by 5:00 pm the following Monday.

Learn more and apply for Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowship

Darling Summer Research Fellowships for Applied Scientific Computing (Natural Sciences)

Establishment of the Hugh and Hazel Darling Center for Applied Scientific Computing has provided support to foster collaborative activities that highlight the interplay between computational techniques and mathematical modeling. A multidisciplinary command of programming is crucial for formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, interpreting results, and simulating the dynamics of complex natural and physical systems.

The goal of these fellowships is to have students across the Natural Sciences Division engage in research that is full-time, faculty-mentored, novel, and presentable outside the university. Projects across a broad range of science disciplines are desired, but all must meet the criteria of being computationally driven research.

Funds are available to support up to 4 students. Students receive up to $4,000 of support and additional funding for supplies (up to $500). Faculty compensation is $500 per student. In addition to the Research Fellowship, a student may apply to receive up to $500 for professional travel, supplemented by OURCS.

The deadline for the summer fellowships is March 1. If March 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications are due by 5:00 pm the following Monday.

Learn more and apply for the Darling Summer Research Fellowship

John Stauffer Research Fellows Program in the Chemical Sciences

The research focus of this summer program is based on theoretical perspectives and real-world applications from the Chemical Sciences. Through research application and integration, highly effective and high-impact learning will be most likely to occur in undergraduate students and, by extension, in the chemistry faculty who embrace and embody "engaged" learning.

Up to 4 nominated students may apply for a research fellowship to participate in 8 weeks of full-time, faculty-mentored summer research in the Chemical Sciences. Students receive up to $4,000 of support and additional funding for supplies (up to $500) and professional travel (up to $500). There is no faculty compensation.

The deadline for the summer fellowships is March 1. If March 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications are due by 5:00 pm the following Monday.

Learn more and apply for the John Stauffer Research Fellows Program

Jung Summer Research Fellowship for Biological Science

Cal Lutheran students in the Biological Sciences who have an interest in pre-medicine and/or mammalian biology may apply for the Jung Summer Research Fellowship.

This single fellowship will enable a student to work one on one with a Biological Sciences faculty mentor full-time for 8 weeks during the summer.  Students receive up to $4,000 of support and additional funding for supplies (up to $500). Faculty compensation is $500 per student. In addition to the Research Fellowship, a student may apply to  receive up to $500 for professional travel, supplemented by OURCS.

The deadline for the summer fellowships is March 1. If March 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications are due by 5:00 pm the following Monday.

Learn more and apply for the Jung Summer Research Fellowship

Steven Dorfman Research Fellows Program in the Environmental Sciences (Multidisciplinary)

Update: This fellowship is not available for Summer 2016

The research focus of this summer program is to prepare students to solve complex multidisciplinary problems of environmental significance within a systems framework. Students will develop research skills in exploring complex and dynamic natural systems, with a focus on integrating science and technology in a larger social/economic context.

This program will draw its strength from faculty members and students across the Natural Science Division, Political Science and Economics who make up an extraordinary intellectual community of scholars.

Up to 5 nominated students will be awarded a research fellowship to participate in 8 weeks of full-time, faculty-mentored summer research. Students will receive up to $4,000 of support and additional funding for supplies (up to $500). Faculty will receive a stipend of $500.

The deadline for the summer fellowship applications is March 1. If March 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications are due by 5:00 pm the following Monday.

Learn more and apply for the Steven Dorfman Research Fellows Program

Overton Summer Research Program in Economics

The Overton Summer Research Program in Economics is an exciting opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to pursue their research interests in economics. Students work one-on-one with members of the M.S. Economics faculty to develop, quantify, and prepare original research. Participants are members of an active student research community that fosters collaboration and innovation across disciplines.

Students receive up to $3,600 for 9 weeks of full-time mentored research. Additional funding is available by application  through the OURCS for professional travel and supplies.

The deadline for the summer awards is March 1. If March 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications are due by 5:00 pm the following Monday.

Learn more and apply for the Overton Summer Research Program

Pearson Scholars Summer Program for Leadership and Engagement in a Global Society (Global Studies)

The Pearson Scholars for Leadership and Engagement in a Global Society program is available to 1 to 2 students in the Global Studies program.  During a 10 to 12 week intensive summer program, Pearson Scholars participate in experiential learning opportunities – "domestic immersion" projects – that expose students to global issues and diverse communities in Los Angeles (and possibly other global cities), and give students the opportunity to be agents of change in society through civic engagement. 

Please contact the head of the Global Studies Program, Dr. Greg Freeland, directly (freeland@callutheran.edu) for more information or to apply.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) (For All Other Disciplines)

The SURF program is a university-supported program that supports undergraduate research and creative scholarship in disciplines not supported by our other research programs. In particular, it supports projects that are NOT in the Natural Science Division, the Economics Department, or the Global Studies program.

Up to 5 awards may be given for each summer. The goal of these fellowships is to have students engage in research or creative scholarship that is full-time, faculty-mentored, novel, and presentable outside the university. Projects across a broad range of disciplines are desired, but all must meet the criteria of engaging students in the scholarly process of a field. Creative work projects must be able to provide ample focus on the scholarly process, not just the outcome.

Students receive up to $4,000 of support and additional funding for supplies (up to $500). Faculty compensation is $500 per student. In addition to the Research Fellowship, a student may apply to  receive up to $500 for professional travel, supplemented by OURCS.

The deadline for the summer fellowships is March 1. If March 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications are due by 5:00 pm the following Monday.

Learn more and apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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