Program Details & Application

SCOPE is a student-faculty collaborative summer research program that aims to foster a culture of research, support ongoing faculty development, and promote student investigative learning, persistence, and success.

Student Deadline: February 1, 5:00 pm
General Information and Expectation for Students
  • SCOPE is an 8-week summer research program. Students should plan to begin research the week following the last day of the spring semester. Most research groups will work from approximately Thursday, May 17th to Thursday, July 12th, 2018.   Start/end dates may vary slightly for each group.
  • SCOPE is a full-time job. Students should NOT take classes or have other jobs while participating in this program.
  • Students are paid $3,000 and stay in on-campus summer housing paid by SCOPE for the duration of the program. 
  • Students are provided with weekly social and academic events throughout the summer which enable students to become members of a tight-knit research community while fostering personal and professional development.
  • Students are required to present their research at two events following the conclusion of the summer program: a poster presentation open house event in Fall 2018, and Southwestern’s Research and Creative Works Symposium in Spring 2019.
  • Some research mentors will expect students to continue their research into the fall semester following SCOPE. Students should check with professors they are interested in researching with if they want the student to continue research into the fall.
SCOPE Application

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018. Visit the “Projects & Mentors” page for more information on each research project.

Application Process

Student applications are due by 5pm on Friday, February 2nd.  Completed applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made by the end of February.

An online application (includes short-answer questions) and current transcripts are required to apply. Transcripts can be uploaded directly to the online application and can be in the form of a WebAdvisor screenshot, word document, or scanned image.



Please direct questions to:

Dr. Sarah Brackmann
PRC 243