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. Depending on the nature of the project, this might include time spent in the laboratory, archive, or in the field.
Students apply for UTRAs through a single application for all College-funded summer opportunities: Summer/Semester Projects for Research, Internships, and Teaching (SPRINT). The application deadline for summer 2021 is February 24 by 12:00 pm (noon) EST.
Please see the SPRINT Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
Summer UTRA projects must begin after spring Commencement and the duration of the project must span a period of ten consecutive weeks. We expect both faculty and student collaborators to find a mutually agreeable period between the Tuesday following Commencement and at least one week before the beginning of the fall semester.
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. Students may apply for a Faculty Listed Opportunity or may apply for funding for an opportunity they developed with a Brown faculty member.
Summer Teaching Collaboration
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
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 $4000 summer stipend, these students receive an additional $1000 during the semester of the teaching assistantship. Note: semester extensions are not available for research collaborations.