The Kenyon Summer Scholars program provides opportunities for students to work in close collaboration with faculty mentors in the social sciences and humanities as full participants in the processes of creating a research plan, executing a research project, and preparing results for presentation in a public forum. Summer Scholars working on the Kenyon campus form a special community, with participants coming together for discussions and social activities. This three year pilot program is funded by Kenyon College. It is open to students working with faculty members in any department or program in the humanities or social sciences. Selections for these competitive awards are made by a committee of faculty members from these disciplines. Find out more about the Kenyon Summer Scholars Program.
Kenyon's Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) provides opportunities for students to work in close collaboration with faculty members as full participants on some fundamental question, text, or theme of American liberal democracy. Students selected for these competitive awards will receive a stipend, summer housing, and funds for research materials and supplies when necessary. A primary component of the program is the public presentation of the summer scholar's work at the conclusion of the research project. Find out more about the CSAD Democracy Scholars Program.
Kenyon's Law and Society Program sponsors summer research opportunities for student-faculty collaborators pursuing socio-legal scholarship. The John W. Adams Summer Scholars Program in Socio-Legal Studies provides funding to support the design and execution of original law-related research. Students selected for these competitive awards will receive stipend, summer housing allowance, and funds for research materials and supplies when necessary. Students receiving these awards will present their work publicly at the College during the academic year immediately following their awards. Find out more about the Summer Legal Studies Program.
More than 30 student-faculty pairs spend eight to ten weeks each summer collaborating on scientific projects across the fields of archaeology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and psychology. Students receive a stipend, a housing allowance, and funds for research materials and supplies. Students present the results of their work at a public poster session in the fall semester that follows their summer research experience. Find out more about the Kenyon Summer Science Program.
The Kenyon Summer Science Scholars Cascade program provides opportunities for first and second year students with no previous research experience. Selected scholars will work in close collaboration with faculty-student research teams in the natural sciences. Over 8-10 weeks, Cascade Scholars will gain experience conducting and communicating scientific research. As part of the Kenyon Summer Scholars community, they will join faculty and students from across campus for discussions, social events, and peer mentorship. Twelve Cascade Scholars will be funded by a grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, which limits support to projects in biology, chemistry, neuroscience, and physics. Limited additional support from Kenyon College are available for projects in anthropology, mathematics/statistics, and psychology. Selections for these competitive awards are made by a committee of faculty members from all participating disciplines, with final approval by the project mentor. Learn more about the Cascade Program.
The Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars Program supports women majoring in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics at Kenyon College. The aim is to equip high-potential women for success in graduate school and academic careers through engagement in mentored research, networking, and career preparation initiatives. Find out more about the Clare Boothe Luce Program.
The Kenyon Summer Digital Scholarship Program provides opportunities for faculty members to pair with exceptional students who will assist in the development and conversion of faculty research into a digital storytelling format over the course of a summer. We see digital storytelling as a means by which important scholarly insights and findings can be shared with an audience much wider than the usual small community of peers who share one’s research interests, and we imagine that short but compelling multimedia versions of a scholar’s work will propel a faculty member’s insights or findings into a larger conversation—bringing the humanities to the general public. This summer program will support digital methods for sharing faculty scholarship, such as media-rich websites, podcasts, video series, or visualizations and is funded by Kenyon College and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Find out more about the Digital Scholarship Program.
Kenyon/The Ohio State University programs provide opportunities for students to work in close collaboration with OSU faculty mentors in the processes of executing a research project and preparing results for presentation in a public forum. Programs are open to students in biostatistics, epidemiology and statistics; students in chemistry and biochemistry; and as part of the Kenyon/OSU/Pelotonia cancer research partnership. Find out more about the Kenyon/OSU programs.
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. Find out more about the Community-Engaged Research Program.
There are a number of research grants, fellowships and awards for students doing research in American studies. Find out more about American studies opportunities.
Through the Kenyon Rural Life Center, students and faculty regularly conduct research about central Ohio rural life in conjunction with Kenyon courses, independent studies, and honors projects. One program from the Center, the "Food for Thought" program, has received a McGregor Fund to enable professors and students to conduct a local food assessment to determine the extent of possible exchange between local food providers, retailers, and consumers. Grant funds will support student independent research, a lecture series, a website and the creation of exhibits. Find out more about the Rural Life Center.