Professor Rose Olver at lecturn (late 1960s)
Professor Rose Olver at lectern (late 1960s)

The Rose Olver Student Research Fund was endowed by John Olver in memory of his wife, Rose, who taught at Amherst for fifty years in the Departments of Psychology and Women and Gender Studies (later renamed the Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies [SWAGS]).  It is used to support summer research for rising juniors or seniors who are majoring in either psychology or SWAGS. Rose Olver Summer Research Fellows receive income for all aspects of the summer experience, including a stipend, housing, meals, research needs, and relevant travel*.

The prize is awarded annually in the Psychology and SWAGS departments.  Each department selects candidates independently of one another through a competitive process.  Applicants submit an application  that describes the summer research project and their background preparation (including courses taken, travels, and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities). They also identify a faculty advisor in the department in which they are majoring who will agree to supervise their project, meet with this advisor, and indicate in the application that they have done so.

Prize amount: Up to $5,875

Duration: 6 or 8 weeks

Application Deadline: April 26, 2021

Please note that if a student receives funding to conduct summer research, the student is not eligible for other Amherst College employment during that time period, including summer internship funding.

*While the prohibition on College-sponsored travel remains in place, this fellowship may not be used to fund travel of any sort, regardless of destination.

Application for Rose Olver Student Research Fund


Past SWAGS Winners

2021: Lisa Zheutlin '22

2019: Benedite Dieujuste '20