Hansen Fund Guidelines

CRS Guidelines

The guidelines for applying to the Hansen Fund are the same as the Collaborative Summer Research (CSR) Guidelines found on the Academic Programs' website.  Note:  Be sure to review the Tips on Applying.

  1. Emphasize collaboration and connection to ongoing faculty work. The most compelling CSR projects are closely related to the faculty member’s scholarly or creative interests and are executed by the student and faculty member working together. These projects involve extensive, mutually beneficial collaboration between faculty and student. That collaboration should focus on the discovery of new knowledge or the development of new creative work or scholarship.

  2. Specify the end product of the collaboration. CSR projects should permit completion of a substantial portion of the work during the summer and result in a scholarly or creative product for the student (e.g., a musical score, a work of art exhibited for the public, a literature review, a co-authored poster or paper for presentation at a professional meeting, a co-authored article submitted for publication, etc.) to be completed by the end of the subsequent academic year. At a minimum, student recipients of CSR funds are required to present a poster describing their work at the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium held annually in Olin-Rice during the Fall semester.

  3. Define the scope of the collaboration. Various considerations about the nature of the collaborative work should receive attention. RPC wants faculty to have the following points in mind when proposing projects:

    - No course development proposals allowed. Although CSR projects may involve pedagogical research (e.g., working on the development or publication of a textbook), course development falls outside the scope of CSR funds.

    - Interdisciplinary work involving more than one faculty in different departments is allowed. Interdisciplinary work that involves faculty from different departments falls within the CSR scope.

    - Go beyond Independent Study. Proposed collaborations should exceed what a student could accomplish during the academic year via an Independent Study, in terms of both faculty and student time commitment.

    - All faculty and most students are eligible. All faculty members, regardless of rank or tenure-track status, are eligible to apply for CSR funds with any student, except those on academic probation. It is up to faculty members to make the case for the suitability of their student collaborators to contribute to the proposed work.

    - Specify how the collaboration will work and what will result from it. The CSR proposal must detail the nature of the anticipated collaboration and the expected outcomes for both students and faculty.

    - Extensive interaction is expected. CSR projects should allow for extensive interaction between the collaborators. The frequency and duration of interaction required to achieve a successful collaboration are to be determined by the faculty in consultation with the student.

    - Geographical separation is permitted, but must not interfere with the collaboration. Proposed collaborations in which the faculty and student are geographically separated while the work is being carried out must demonstrate that this separation will not compromise the quality of the collaboration.

  4. Student work for CSR projects can range from four to 10 weeks during the summer. Proposals calling for fewer than four or more than 10 weeks will not be funded. Student stipends will be calculated at a rate of $400 per week, plus 10% of the total amount to cover benefits. On-campus housing will be available for students.