The Community-Engaged Summer Research Scholars Program provides opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty members as full participants in community-engaged research.
Students selected for these competitive awards will receive a $4,000 stipend, summer housing and up to $500 in funds for research materials and supplies if necessary. Primary components of this program are a public presentation of the student’s work at the conclusion of the research project and a community-based presentation on the collaboration and findings. The Community-Engaged Research Scholars Program is supported in part by the "Sense of Place" grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Proposal submissions for summer 2018 are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2018. The student member of the team should use the Kenyon Summer Scholars proposal Google form to apply. The faculty member must also send a letter of support directly to Alyssa Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards will be announced on March 2, 2018. Read the program information below before applying.
Proposals must be written and submitted by the student member of the student/faculty research team. Complete applications for a summer research award must include the following:
Students awarded a summer research scholarship whose research involves the use of human subjects must apply to the Kenyon College Institutional Review Board for review of their research protocol. Be sure to read the IRB information for researchers and pay special attention to their advice to student researchers and advice to summer scholars. IRB applications should be submitted well in advance of the start date of your program and research.
Students may apply for assistance in meeting the costs of research, including presenting results at conferences. If these requests are funded, any materials, supplies and equipment will become property of the College and remain with the sponsoring faculty member’s department or the Office for Community Partnerships. An estimated budget must be prepared and submitted with each proposal. Costs for equipment and materials or conference travel, if appropriately invoiced and receipted in the Accounting Office and approved by the faculty mentor, may not exceed $500.
Community-Engaged Research Summer Scholars will present their research at two public talks before the end of the fall 2018 semester, one of which will be in a community-based setting and the other usually occurs during Family Weekend.
Students will also be required to submit an electronic copy of the final comprehensive paper that serves as the research project’s concluding report by Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Submit the paper to Alyssa Lawrence at email@example.com.
Students who successfully complete a summer community-engaged research project in accordance with program and project requirements and who receive the endorsement of their faculty mentor will have this summer research experience noted on their College transcript.
1) The proposal must contain a clear and concise statement of the research questions and focus of the
research. Explain clearly what it is that you are attempting to investigate and why your question is
important. This might include a statement about your field or discipline's approach to your question or
related issues. Include information about your desired collaboration with a community partner and
information regarding the value this research would bring to that partner and the broader community.
2) The proposal should contain a statement about the sources of information, data, or literature about your
research topic. Here you will want to talk about what materials or sources you think exist to advance your
work as well as how you expect and intend to access these sources. You might also discuss why your project requires funding and cannot be accomplished through a class assignment (e.g. it requires travel to
archives, it involves field work or interviews of subjects, etc.).
3) The proposal should articulate your goals and objectives in pursuing the research. Ask yourself what
you hope to have achieved or accomplished when you have finished your work. Further you might reflect
upon how you will assess or evaluate whether your project was successful.
4) The proposal must contain a statement about the methodology you expect to employ in your research.
Indicate why you have chosen this approach as opposed to others.
5) The proposal must contain a well-conceived timetable for the research, indicating the anticipated
calendar of tasks week-by-week; this is where you will show that you have realistically calculated the
time it should take to accomplish the phases of your work. If you are enrolled in an individual study
course or some other class during the spring semester through which you can prepare for the summer
research, you should discuss this in your proposal. If you expect to enroll in such a course in the fall to
continue the research, this should be discussed as well. Of course, projects that involve human subjects
will require Kenyon IRB approval, so your proposal's timetable should reflect your planning and
intentions in this regard.
6) A good proposal will be clear and understandable to a reader who is not an expert or even particularly
knowledgeable in your field of inquiry. It will avoid unnecessary jargon in favor of demonstrating a
sophisticated and nuanced approach to the issues presented therein. Be sure to proofread it and submit it
in a form that shows that you appreciate the fact that your receipt of an award is based entirely upon the
impression that your proposal will make upon the selection committee.
The selection of recipients for these competitive summer fellowships will be made by a committee comprised of the senior associate provost, the director of community partnerships, the faculty associate director of community-engaged learning and other members of the Community-Engaged Learning and Research Advisory Committee.