Summer Research at Fisher

Get curious, Fisher! Spend the summer engaging in a research experience.

We offer competitive summer programs for students at St. John Fisher College to get involved in faculty-mentored research projects in a variety of disciplines and multidisciplinary collaborations. Explore the summer research programs to determine if they are the right fit for you to get involved or extend your research experience. The Summer Science Fellows program supports students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. The Summer Fellows program supports students majoring in any other discipline.

Summer Fellows

The Summer Fellows Research Program allows a select number of students to engage in an intensive summer research or experiential learning opportunity under the supervision of a faculty or staff member in disciplines outside of the natural sciences. Students planning to attend Fisher on a full-time basis the year following the summer experience as sophomores, juniors or seniors are eligible to apply for this summer support. Students who have received support under this program in the past are ineligible to receive a second award and are encouraged to explore other opportunities.

Students considering submitting an application to the program should consult with the faculty or staff member they would like to work with to:

  • determine if the faculty or staff member is accepting a student
  • discuss the nature and feasibility of available projects
  • determine the time commitments, duties, and tasks for the summer project
  • clarify student and mentor expectations
  • secure the commitment of the faculty or staff member to participate in the project

Qualifying Projects and Program Expectations:

  • Students must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • The summer project undertaken by the student should develop his or her ability to engage in scholarly or policy-oriented research using the tools, methodologies, and/or approaches that are appropriate to the discipline.
  • The student is responsible for identifying an appropriate mentor and for securing this individual’s approval of the proposed research project along with departmental approval for the Independent Study/Research course associated with the project.
  • The Independent Study or Research course must adhere to all College, School, and Departmental requirements and policies.
  • Students who participate are expected to:
    • Submit a report summarizing the results of their summer work to the Director of the Center for Student Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work (Dr. Kristin Picardo, kpicardo@sjfc.edu) on or before September 1 following their experience
    • Present the outcome of their summer research at the following St. John Fisher College Student Scholarship and Creative Work Symposium

Scholarship/Awards:

  • A select number of students will be awarded a competitive tuition waiver (3 credit maximum) for summer Independent Study/Research coursework and up to $500 in project-related expenses (travel to attend a conference is not considered a project-related expense, see below).
  • Students wishing to apply for support to travel and participate in a professional meeting or conference to be held during the following academic year should do so using the Student Scholar Travel Fund Request form.

Applications: 

The application is to be prepared and submitted by the student applicant after consultation with their mentor to ensure accuracy and feasibility. The application has several components:

  • A 2-4 page proposal to include:
    • a project overview including a description of the methodology and work plan
    • a description of student tasks, responsibilities, and time commitments
    • documentation and rationale for any project-related expenses (up to $500)
  • A statement of support by the participating faculty member to include:
    • a description of faculty and student expectations and time commitments
    • a commitment to support the student in the presentation of their work at the St. John Fisher College Student Scholarship and Creative Work Symposium

Applications and accompanying proposals are typically due in the middle of the spring semester. Contact the Center for Student Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work for further details.

Summer Science Fellows

The Summer Science Fellows Research Program allows a select number of students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics to engage in an intensive 10-week summer research experience mentored by a science faculty member conducting bench and/or field research in their area of expertise.

To be eligible, the student should be a current sophomore or junior science major who will be continuing their study as a full-time undergraduate at Fisher in following academic year. Students who have received a Summer Science Fellows award in the past are ineligible to receive a second fellowship award and are encouraged to explore other research opportunities.

Students selected as Summer Science Fellows are eligible to receive a summer stipend up to a maximum of $3500 or a tuition waiver (up to a 3 credit maximum) for the summer course associated with their summer research activity (e.g. Research, Independent Study, etc.). Students are encouraged to consult with faculty mentors to determine the most appropriate stipend level or number of credits for the projects they plan to complete. Faculty mentors can take a maximum of 2 student researchers. Each student project awarded will be eligible to receive up to a maximum of $800 in funds to purchase project supplies. Applicants are strongly encouraged to request the minimum amount required to run their projects. Student travel to professional meetings or conferences will not be supported by the Summer Science Fellows program itself, but students can apply for travel support through a separate request through the Center for Student Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work by using the Student Scholar Travel Fund Request form.

Students considering submitting an application to be a Summer Science Fellow should first consult with the faculty member they would like to work with to:

  • determine if the faculty member is accepting a student
  • discuss the nature and feasibility of available projects
  • determine the time commitments, duties, and tasks for the summer project (program begins on June 1)
  • clarify student and faculty expectations
  • secure the commitment of the faculty member to participate in the project

Application Guidelines:

The application for summer support for a Summer Science Fellowship is to be prepared and submitted by the student applicant after consultation with their faculty mentor to ensure scientific accuracy and feasibility. 

Required proposal components:

  • Project title
  • Abstract (1 paragraph)
  • Background & Significance (1-2 pages)
  • Proposed Methodology (1-2 pages)
  • Work Plan and timeline (program lasts 10 weeks)
  • Statement of Impact (how the project relates to work/other research in the field)
  • Budget (request for supplies should be the minimum amount required to complete the project; $800 max.)
  • Works cited (reference format determined in consultation with faculty mentor)
  • Student personal statement (prompt: Describe in 1-2 paragraphs why/how you feel participating in this program will benefit you.)

Award recipients are required to:

  • Attend an orientation session to be held prior to the end of the spring semester
  • Complete mandatory laboratory safety training prior to beginning work in the lab
  • Complete any necessary paperwork for employment by the College (stipend recipients) OR complete the College’s Independent Study Form (tuition waiver recipients)
  • Begin or add to an existing ePortfolio for this summer research experience
  • Present their results in poster format on campus at the Annual Science and Technology Alumni Hall of Fame Event during the following fall semester and at the spring St. John Fisher College Student Scholarship and Creative Work Symposium.

Applications and accompanying proposals are typically due in the middle of the spring semester. They are reviewed and ranked by a committee of the science faculty and final award decisions are made by the Center for Student Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work. Questions can be referred to Dr. Kristin Picardo, Director.