Summer Research Fellowship Program
The Summer Research Fellowship Program at Viterbo University supports undergraduate students as they collaborate with a faculty mentor in research or other creative work. In addition to providing financial support to student fellows and faculty mentors, the program endeavors to help students develop and implement a research plan, analyze their data, be a part of a scholarly community, and create written and oral presentations of their results. Students participate in bi-monthly seminars that equip them to successfully present their work, allow them to share their research with their peers, connect them with a caring community of scholars, and help them see their work through a variety of disciplinary lenses. During the semester following their summer of research, each student presents their work at the annual Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium in November. Many students go on to present their work at other regional and national meetings. Faculty-student research teams from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Summer housing on Viterbo's campus is available as well. For more information, see the Office
of Residence Life web page.
Thanks to the 2013 Summer Research Fellows and Faculty Mentors! We had a wonderful summer and we look forward to your Seven Rivers presentations this fall.
Students interested in applying for a Summer Research Fellowship, those who have questions, and those who would like additional information should contact Kirsten Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Summer Research Fellowship applications will become available on this site in December 2013.
“This research opportunity provided me with extensive knowledge in the areas of qualitative research and program evaluation, and has been invaluable to my understanding of my field and the research process. It also has enhanced my understanding of the quality of education at Viterbo University. I believe this opportunity provided me with the skill set and knowledge to complete my undergraduate career at Viterbo and jumpstart my professional career. Thank you for this incredible opportunity!”
“Before I began my summer research experience, I was not confident in what I had learned through my courses. Now that I am at the end of my research, I realize that I remember much more from my classes than I thought. Performing research allowed me to brush up on some of the old concepts I have learned while learning a lot of new information. While my knowledge of biology was greatly expanded through this experience, I also was able to get to know the Viterbo science faculty, staff, and research students a little better. Thanks for allowing me to have this wonderful opportunity. It allowed me to grow in many different ways, and I would recommend it to any of my fellow classmates.”
“The summer research internship at Viterbo was a great learning experience for me. I learned how to work with other students and was able to work in a professional manner with my research mentor. It helped me develop my research skills as well as my interpersonal skills. The best advice I can give to future undergraduates would be to take this opportunity and definitely do summer research. It will help you learn more about yourself, help with networking and getting to know other students in your major, and you’ll have a lot of fun with whatever research you’re doing.”
“This summer research project pushed me outside of my scholarly comfort zone. The resulting expansion of my knowledge will enhance my teaching in several of my upper-level courses. In addition, it has opened up at least a couple new avenues of scholarship development for me.”
“Each student contributed significantly to advancing research in my lab and I am very grateful that Viterbo provided assistance for me and a beneficial experience for the students. I hope this program continues as a mechanism to make valuable research opportunities available for our students and faculty.”