The CCE provides support for currently enrolled juniors planning to conduct community engaged research in preparation for a senior thesis or capstone project the summer before their senior year.  Learn about the Summer 2020 Cohort here.

The application** for summer 2022 is now closed.

** To request a project proposal outline, please email Zoë Jacobs Feinstein.

Funding available:

Funding is available for currently enrolled juniors.  you must be enrolled at the college the spring prior to and the fall following your summer experience.
  • Funding is available for juniors, enrolled the semesters before and after the summer, who intend to do a senior thesis or capstone project.
  • Summer research funding from the CCE is intended for students pursuing off campus opportunities. Students planning to do research on campus should consider the Greg Call summer research program.
  • A stipend of up to $5,500  will be awarded. Students can request up to $500 in additional support for travel expenses. A line item budget must be submitted with your application if making this request.  The CCE takes into account other summer funding (e.g. Mellon, internships, etc.).  Please note: if the College determines that COVID-19 requires summer work to be remote, a stipend based on the rate of $13.50/hour will be awarded for up to eight weeks of work (or up to 320 hours).

Requirements for funded research projects:

  • Engaged research component: project proposals will explain how the student intends to connect with community members and organizations as they put their ideas into action in the world.  This may include, but not be limited to, tackling real-world challenges, using tools and skills related to a specific field or discipline, and/or addressing a need that has been identified by a community partner.
  • Documented product or process: project proposals will clearly define a concrete strategy for documenting learning and project outcomes that could be presented and/or offered to others, including members of the community with which they will be working.
  • Curricular connections: proposals will describe how this project builds on past academic experiences at Amherst College and how it will prepare the student for subsequent thesis/capstone work.
  • Project support team: funding recipients must be supervised by an Amherst College faculty member who helps establish the research project and commits to being part of a team overseeing the student’s progress over the summer.  This would include, but not be limited to, monthly check-ins. Additionally, a CCE staff member will be available throughout the planning process as the outline for the project unfolds.  The student and CCE staff member will check in bi-weekly during the summer.  Additional team members may include a Research & Instruction Librarian, members of the Academic Technology Services staff, or other Amherst College staff as appropriate.
  • Minimum time commitment: student would commit to a project that involves between 240-320 hours over 6-8 weeks.
  • Meet with a CCE staff member: students are required to meet with a staff member at least twice before submitting an application for summer funding.
    • At the first meeting students will be expected to:
      • Provide the name of the faculty member who is supervising them.
      • Submit a short summary of proposed research project.  This will include answers to the questions: why this project/why now/why you?
      • Provide the names of community/institutional partners you plan to work with and a contact person at each site (if possible).
    • The second meeting will include the supervising faculty member

Expectations of funded students:

  • Participation in Summer Cohort: program recipients will commit to participating in a cohort with other funded students. This will include involvement in cohort building during the spring semester as well as engaging with other cohort members over the course of the summer.
  • Regular check-ins: program recipients will commit to checking in with a CCE staff member bi-weekly and with their supervising faculty member at least once per month.
  • Reflection during the process: participants will complete reflection activities over the course of the summer.
  • Public sharing: students commit to public sharing of their work during the summer with an audience relevant to their project and to sharing their story with the broader campus community during the fall semester.
  • Final reporting: recipients will submit a final report/reflection on their work, including information on how they will be building off of this work in their thesis/capstone project.

Make an appointment:

To make an initial appointment or if you have any questions, please send an email to Zoë Jacobs Feinstein.

Apply for funding:

**Letters of Intent (accepted October 1 - December 20, 2021) - Students considering applying to the program are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to help focus and refine their ideas, as well as to provide an opportunity to assess early on whether their thesis/capstone research plan will fit the parameters of the program.  A letter of intent is NOT a requirement for application. 

Letters of Intent should be sent to Zoë Jacobs Feinstein and include the following:

  • Student name and contact information
  • Brief description of thesis/capstone project idea and a summary of the research you hope to do over the summer
  • Brief description of your personal and academic readiness to undertake the project – what has prepared you to do this project?
  • Name of your thesis/capstone project advisor
All students applying for summer project funding are required to meet with a CCE staff member at least two times before submitting their application.

The application** for summer 2022 is now closed.

** To request a project proposal outline, please email Zoë Jacobs Feinstein.