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Summer research is open to all undergraduate students with a graduation date no earlier than December of the following school year (e.g. Summer Research in summer 2020- Graduation in December 2020 or later). Student applications will be reviewed and candidates chosen based on their qualifications and the needs of participating faculty. Not all students who apply for summer research will be chosen.

There are a limited number of summer housing grants which are awarded based on need, such as living too far from campus to reasonably commute. When you submit your application, please include a justification in your email explaining why you need summer housing. If you are approved for housing you must fill out a separate summer housing request through student housing. When you are notified, student housing will also be informed of your eligibility. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lee Ann Smith at

The "Natural Sciences Summer Research APPLICATION" link above connects to a fillable PDF Document. Please do the following:

  1. Download the form. If the form first opens in a browser window, use the PDF plugin functions to download the form
  2. COMPLETE the application (link above). There is no minimum/maximum length for answers. Do not worry about the length of your answers/submission, just complete the questions as requested. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  3. RESAVE the completed document as: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME research application year (ex: Smith, Joe summer research 2020)

  4. PRINT & SAVE a copy of the completed application for your records.

  5. EMAIL your completed document as an attachment to  Please put: NSSRP SUMMER RESEARCH APPLICATION in the subject line. (Submission of this form authorizes the Director of the Summer Research Program and any appropriate faculty members to use this Application Form on your behalf, and grants permission for the information provided in this form to be made available to prospective cooperating faculty members if requested.)
  6. Make sure you receive a RESPONSE EMAIL back to confirm that your application has been received. If you do not get a response email back in a few days (M-F), please send a "Did you receive my application?" email to


Summer Researchers 

Research - GET INVOLVED!

Please speak with participating faculty members regarding availability before making your research choices.

Yvonne Kumon
Assistant to the Associate Dean
(630) 829-6084

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Cheryl Mascarenhas, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Science & Health
(630) 829-6587

Tonia Rucker
Senior Assistant to the Dean
(630) 829-6187

Elizabeth Ritt, Ed.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNE
Dean, Science & Health
(630) 829-1933