Would you like the opportunity to do cutting-edge research under the mentorship of a faculty member while enjoying independent living on campus and outdoor activities in the North Country?
Summer Research is one of the highlights of the Honors Program at Clarkson University, recalled by graduating seniors as a transformative experience, both for skills acquired in the laboratory or the field, and the life-long friendships forged on picnics, hikes and canoe trips on the long summer evenings and weekends.
There are two overlapping summer programs: a regular ten-week program for current Honors student which runs from the third week of May to the end of July and a special five week program for accepted students ("Pre-Frosh") and under-represented potential transfer students ("REU2") which runs from the end of June to the end of July.
All Honors students in good standing are eligible to apply to conduct research work with a faculty advisor on campus in the summer. The Honors Program provides on-campus housing and a meal stipend. For upper class current students who join our 10-week program, an additional stipend is available on a competitive basis.
If you have been accepted to the Honors Program, you can participate in our five-week "Pre-Frosh" Summer Research Program starting even before your first official semester at Clarkson! Pre-Frosh students get to know the campus and faculty and make friends with other students before the mad rush at the start of the academic year. Accepted students are placed in the program depending on the availability of Faculty Advisors and upperclassmen peer mentors. We do our best to match Pre-Frosh students based on their anticipated major and areas of interest.
And please note that we say "research" because that is the general term for the work that we do in universities, but as well as wearing a lab coat and peering into microscopes, you could conduct surveys, develop a business plan, study science fiction, write a play, or design a smart phone app!
Research Assistantships and Internships
Many Honors students also do research during the semester on projects and/or in laboratories at Clarkson University, sometimes for credit, sometimes for pay, and sometimes simply for the value of the experience. Some students also leverage their Clarkson experience to obtain prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduates(REU) opportunities at other institutions across the nation and even overseas. Finally, some of our students do research while on summer internships at NASA or the FBI, or while on internships and co-ops in industrial/corporate R&D.