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Summer Research Program

Each year, the Honors Program awards fellowships to a select group of Sweet Briar students to support them in conducting independent research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. The Honors Summer Research Program is an eight-week, on-campus program that brings together students and faculty from all disciplines. Interested students should have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and should have completed at least one 200-level course relevant to the project; however, all interested students are encouraged to submit proposals. Students are paid for the fellowship and faculty sponsors receive a stipend.

The program creates a unique academic experience for the participants by providing the opportunity for intensely focused research, a one-on-one working relationship with a faculty mentor, and weekly meetings and presentations by both faculty and students highlighting their ongoing research as well as research methodologies across the academic disciplines. To see a listing of projects from previous years go to the previous research projects page.

The dates for the 2014 Honors Summer Research Program are May 26-July 18, 2014. 

The preliminary “Intent to Apply” form is due Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 (submitted to the Honors Moodle site).


The full proposal must be submitted by email to Julie Hemstreet (jhemstreet@sbc.edu) in the Honors Program by Friday, March 21, and include the following:

1.) A title page with your name, project title and the name of faculty sponsor

2.) A description of the proposed project that explains the goal/s of the project, your research or creative methodology, and how this research or creative opportunity fits into your overall academic plan (2-3 pages)

3.) A research bibliography

4.) A project timeline covering the eight-week endeavor

5.) Two faculty recommendations, including one from the project faculty sponsor* (to be submitted separately by each faculty recommender)

*Faculty sponsors are expected to:

  • Meet with your student on a regular weekly basis
  • Attend the weekly seminar presentations
  • Give a presentation on your own research
  • Attend all of the student presentations during the final week of the program
  • Attend the MARCUS Conference in the fall to see your student present her summer research



Questions about the program may be directed to:
Professor Tony Lilly, alilly@sbc.edu
Julie Hemstreet, jhemstreet@sbc.edu