A number of faculty members in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics remain on campus during the summer to conduct research. Funding from government and private research foundations as well as generous donations from Goucher alumnae/i allow students to participate in this research. Summer research at Goucher typically entails 10 weeks of full-time research, and includes a stipend for living expenses. On-campus housing is substantially subsidized by the College.
Students may be considered for the summer research program as early as the summer following their freshman year, although preference is given to rising juniors and seniors. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in science courses is normally required for consideration.
Students who are interested in summer research should explore the research interests of individual faculty members by reading about them on the departmental websites and/or by contacting professors directly. The Hoffberger Conversations series is also a good venue for learning about faculty-student research that is going on at Goucher. A list of faculty who have openings for summer students will be made available by mid-February of each year. For fullest consideration, students should express their interest to the faculty member no later than March 1st. Acceptance into a summer research position will depend on the student’s qualifications (GPA, course background and other familiarity with the research area), availability (dates compatible with faculty member’s summer schedule), and funding. It is the prerogative of individual faculty members to set their own criteria appropriate to their research areas (e.g., some faculty may require more background coursework than others, or may prefer or require a commitment to continued research during the academic year or ensuing summers.) Every effort will be made to inform students of their acceptance to a research lab by spring break.
Goucher students working in research during the summer for Goucher faculty funded in their work by the National Science Foundation (NSF) must complete three interactive tutorials on "Responsible Conduct of Research" available at http://www.responsibleresearch.org/.