Faculty research advisors may submit letters of support for AHSS applicants to enrichment@pugetsound.edu.


The University of Puget Sound, with the support of the Richard Bangs Collier Institute of Ethics and Science and an anonymous donor, has established a summer research program for undergraduates in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Several additional donors have provided funding to support these summer research awards. The program offers students the opportunity to engage in independent research during the summer. Stipends are awarded on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate research interest and ability.


Please note the following eligibility requirements:

  • Summer research awards are not open to students who will have graduated before their research is completed.
  • Summer research award recipients are expected to be enrolled the following fall semester.
  • Students who apply for a Summer Science Research Award are ineligible to apply for a Summer Research Award in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Recipient Responsibilities

Students who receive summer funding agree to:

  • Submit a protocol to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) if the proposed research involves human participation of any type (for example, participation in experiments, interviews, or survey completion). Research projects that do not involve the participation of human subjects do not require IRB approval.  Research projects that involve participation of human subjects cannot be conducted without IRB approval. Visit the IRB webpage for more information.
  • Devote full time to the project for at least ten weeks during the summer. Students who cannot devote ten weeks of full time work to their research should not apply;
  • Not enroll in summer classes;
  • Not hold full-time employment while engaged in research. Limited part-time employment will only be allowed with the permission of the faculty advisor and Associate Dean Nick Kontogeorgopoulos;
  • Submit their final Summer Research project to document that they completed the work. Depending on their research project, the work they upload may be a poster, a paper, visual art, or another form that demonstrates their effort;
  • Present their work at the Summer Quest Symposium held in early September;
  • Complete both the pre-summer and post-summer research surveys. 

Grant recipients will receive stipends in two payments. The first payment is issued in May, and the final $500 payment is issued after all the requirements listed above are fulfilled.

While not required, students are encouraged to present the results of their work at a regional, national, or international research conferences.

Types of Awards

Summer Research Scholars

Most summer award recipients will be Summer Research Scholars and will receive stipends of $3,750. Other awards are made possible by generous donations from supporters, such as the Chism Scholar, the T.A. Davis Scholar, the India Research Award, the Matelich Scholar, the Vasilius Research Scholar, the Pohlad Internship, and the Neukom Internship.

Agricola Scholar Award

Agricola Scholar Award is designed to encourage and support original collaborative research projects between Puget Sound faculty and students in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The award seeks to foster intellectual growth, creative thinking, discovery, and professional development. It is named after Georgius Agricola (1494-1555), the "Father of Geology," a German scholar, scientist, and physician who worked in the mining regions of Bohemia. Agricola was among the first to create scientific order out of knowledge derived from practical work and based his writings on careful observation and experience, often rejecting the superstitions of his time.

Agricola Scholars receive a summer stipend of $4,250; funds of up to 150% of the stipend may be requested for research expenses associated with the project. Awarded funds must be expended before May 1 of the year following the summer research; unused funds will be awarded to other students the following year.

Agricola Faculty Mentors

A faculty member supervising and collaborating with an Agricola Scholar may receive a stipend of up to $1000.

Richard Bangs Collier Scholars

Two students will be named Richard Bangs Collier Scholars. These students will receive stipends of $3,750. Applicants for this award submit a proposal describing an interdisciplinary project that applies the concerns of a humanistic or social science discipline to scientific material, or that makes use of a science to explore a topic in the humanities or social sciences. The science involved in the project may be any of the natural or human sciences (including biology, chemistry, geology, natural sciences, physics, computer science, mathematics, economics, exercise science, and psychology). The project must involve both a humanistic or social science and a natural or human science sufficiently distinct from one another to encourage meaningful interdisciplinary perspectives.

Delta Phi Award

Due to generous gifts from alumni of the Delta Phi Chapter at the University of Puget Sound, one $3,750 award will be given to an AHSS summer research awardee to help offset travel expenses associated with the summer project. The donors aim to encourage graduates with a deep seated appreciation for friendship, the roots of justice, and a lifelong thirst for learning.

Awardees will be chosen based on the way Delta Phi aims are addressed in the proposal. Recipients are expected to communicate with the Office of University Relations to provide a reflection on their research experience at the time their project report is submitted to Sound Ideas or by Sept 21.

Application Deadline

The online application is due no later than 5 p.m. on March 6.

Students should read and follow these guidelines to prepare their proposals

Apply online here


On-Campus Housing for Summer Research Students

Summer Research Scholars are eligible to reside in campus housing while conducting research. Information about summer research housing is available on the Residence Life Summer Housing webpage.

Please note, housing reservations will be made for students only after confirmation of their Summer Research Scholar status and are contingent upon availability.