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 a stipend of $4,560 for 8 weeks of work (320 hours) or $3,420 for 6 weeks of work (240 hours). The Research Fellow may work on campus or remotely. If they choose to work on-campus, the fund will also cover the cost of their on-campus room and board.

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 $4,560

Duration: 6 or 8 weeks

Application Deadline Extended: April 18, 2022

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.

Application for Rose Olver Student Research Fund


Past SWAGS Winners

2021: Lisa Zheutlin '22

2019: Benedite Dieujuste '20