The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences hosts the eight- to ten-week Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. Participants conduct graduate-level research under the supervision of a Columbia faculty mentor, approximating the graduate experience through exposure to the mentor/advisee relationship, scholarly research opportunities, and independent living.
The aim of the program is to foster a deeper knowledge of the field in question, to hone skills that are necessary for success in doctoral study, and to encourage students to pursue academic careers. SRP does not offer preparation for the professional schools (e.g., business, education, engineering, journalism, medical, law, and social work).
There is no charge for the program, and no application fee. Students accepted for the Summer Research Program will receive the following:
- Accommodations: Housing is provided on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus for the duration of the program. All SRP students are required to reside on campus while enrolled in the program.
- Transportation: Reasonable travel costs to and from Columbia University up to a maximum of $500 are covered, if necessary.
- Stipend: Students receive a stipend of $5,000 to cover living expenses. Students entering into the program with an existing fellowship (MMUF, McNair, MARC, etc.) will have their stipend payments capped at $5,000. Students will receive $5,000 less the amount of confirmed summer funding allotted by their home program.
The program seeks college students who have a passion for scholarly or scientific research and demonstrate academic promise in research and/or teaching in the sciences and selected disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must:
- Be entering their junior or senior year in Fall semester
- Be at least 18 years old by the start date of the program
- Be a US citizen or permanent resident
- Have a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) or higher
- Show potential for doctoral study in proposed field; transcript should demonstrate course work in proposed area of research
- Demonstrate a commitment to increasing diversity in academia