Summer UTRA

During the summer, students and faculty spend 10 weeks collaborating on an ongoing faculty project or one of the student's design. Students should expect to work full-time, approximately 35 hours per week. Depending on the nature of the project, this might include time spent in the laboratory, archive, or in the field.

The application deadline for summer UTRAs is February 10 by 5:00 pm each year. Applicants are notified via e-mail by mid-March.

Award Categories

Summer Research Collaboration - $3500 student stipend


An idea for a research project may originate from either the faculty or the student. In some cases, the faculty is engaged in a new or ongoing project in which the student might make a unique contribution based on his or her skills, experiences, and interests. In other cases, the student has identified the faculty member as a potential partner because of that professor's expertise and research interests. Often, the research conducted leads to a student's thesis or final capstone.

Summer Teaching Collaboration - $3500 student stipend


Students collaborate with faculty on research that precedes the creation or restructuring of a course. Faculty sponsors often find that undergraduates who have taken a course are especially proactive and valuable in the revision or recasting of a course. Students may also bring important insight to the creation of a new course.

Summer Teaching Collaboration with a Teaching Assistantship Extension - $4500 student stipend


Students who collaborate with faculty on a course development UTRA may have the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant for the course during the fall or spring semester by applying for a semester extension. In addition to the $3000 summer stipend, these students receive an additional $1000 during the semester of the teaching assistantship. Note: semester extensions are not available for research collaborations.