Summer research is a great experience. The HMC Biology Department has a number of research positions available for Summer 2014. Most of these are funded by our current grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Others are funded by individual faculty research grants and by several endowed departmental funds. The Harvey Mudd Biology Department has been the fortunate recipient of funds to endow three summer research fellowships:
- The Emily H. Mudd Summer Research Fellowship – established with a bequest from Emily Mudd – supports an Emily Mudd Research Fellow each summer
- The Munzer Summer Research Fellowship – established with a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph J. Munzer – supports a Munzer Summer Research Fellow approximatedly every two out of three summers
- The William K. Purves Summer Research Fellowship – established with a lead gift and addtional donations from many HMC faculty and biology alumni to honor Dr. Bill Purves, the founding member of the HMC Biology Department, on his retirement – supports a Purves Summer Research Fellow approximately one out of three summers.
There are lots of summer research opportunities here at the Claremont Colleges and elsewhere. Working at Mudd and the Claremont Colleges is a great way to jumpstart your senior thesis or to find out if you’d like to work in a particular professor’s lab in the future. Working off-campus exposes you to new places and people and can provide opportunities to work in areas that aren’t available on-campus. Either way, you can’t lose!
Note that most summer research programs have deadlines early in the spring semester, so winter break is a good time to select programs that interest you and work on your applications.