If you are a Macalester student, please view the possibilities that require student applications and have a conversation with a faculty or staff advisor to discuss how to maximize such experiential learning opportunities during your time at Macalester. The links provide detailed information about the application and selection processes for each program. Address questions about specific program to the listed contact person.

Many projects result in the opportunity to present findings on campus and at regional or national conferences; some students also the get the opportunity to publish their results. You can also discuss experiences with former participants in the different programs during the Showcase of Student Research, Creative Inquiry, and Scholarship, an annual poster session.  The entire campus is invited to the 2019 Showcase on September 27, 2019, in Kagin Ballroom.

Faculty or staff seeking information about required paperwork can find that information here.

Program Name Application Deadline (11:59 pm on the dates indicated for 2019) Contact Person or Office
Davis Projects for Peace. Proposals for community-based projects from individual, or groups of Macalester students, that build towards sustainable peace are reviewed by a Macalester committee. The top two projects are forwarded to the national Davis UWC Scholars Office for selection of 1-2 annual awards.  Support for projects is $10,000; student stipends are not provided other than living expenses. Can also be completed the summer following graduation.  January 11 Karin Trail-Johnson, Civic Engagement Center
LiveIt ProgramThe Live it Dream it program provides funding for entrepreneurial projects with awards ranging from $500-$2000 in J-Term, followed by an opportunity to apply for summer funding of up to $10,000.  February 3 Kate Reiling, Entrepreneurship
MacNest. MacNest is a summer internship program where students receive funding for unpaid internships with Twin Cities startups. Students will receive $5,000 to work 35 hours a week, receive free on-campus housing, and attend Thursday morning career development workshops to connect the internship experience to vocation.  February 10 Kate Reiling, Entrepreneurship
Olin-Rice Hub coordinated opportunties.

    • Off-campus for Macalester students only These projects leverage connections with alumni or Twin Cities partners to provide unique research opportunties for Macalester students.
    • Taylor Shadowing Fellowship provides stipend of $500 for students to shadow health care professionals (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, midwives, physician assistants, veterinarians, dentists, physical therapists, etc.) in clinical settings for 50 hours during the summer.
    • Taylor Public Health Fellowship provides a stipend of $2500 to cover 9-10 weeks of half-time work in a public health environment. Students have worked in research (e.g., epidemiology), governmental agencies (e.g., state departments of health), non-profit organizations (e.g., Planned Parenthood) and others.
    • Young Researcher Program (pending funding support for 2019)
    • Electronic Summer Research Application (ESRA) describes projects Macalester faculty members will offer students in 2019 and allows students to express their interest in working on project(s).
    • Jan Serie Fellowship. Supports a student doing full time research during the summer in any area of science or math. Research may take place at Macalester or another site, but all proposals and projects require a Macalester faculty mentor/sponsor who will participate and/or advise the student during the research experience.
February 18 Liz Jansen,

Olin-Rice Hub

Mac//STARTUP. MacStartups is a 10-week fully-immersive summer incubator program open to current Macalester students. Working in a team of 2-3, students spend the summer using their creativity and super-powers to tackle a problem they’re passionate about solving while connecting with the Twin Cities entrepreneurship community.  February 22 Kate Reiling, Entrepreneurship
Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (GSEF). This program provides underrepresented students the opportunity to  consider graduate study, research, and/or teaching careers. In addition to mentoring by a Macalester faculty member, selected participants are eligible for a paid summer research opportunity following their junior year at a Big Ten Academic Alliance institution or the University of Chicago. In addition, participants are eligible for graduate school visit assistance funds during their senior year (up to $1,000.00 per Fellow) and assistance for scholarly-related activities (up to $250.00 per Fellow)  March 15 Karin Vélez, History; or, Matt Katsaros, Annan Institute for Global Citizenship
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF). This program provides underrepresented students the opportunity to  consider graduate study, research, and/or teaching careers in approved humanities fields. Participants conduct an individual research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor during their junior and senior years. During the year, students meet weekly as a cohort to share their research and to learn about the graduate school application process. Over the summer, students  enroll in a weekly two-credit seminar led by the MMUF faculty coordinator.  Participants also receive travel support to attend an annual regional conference.  Fellows also receive continued support as they pursue a doctorate through a targeted series of grants and seminars, beginning with the early stages of graduate school and continuing through the post-Ph.D. years. March 15 Karin Vélez, History; or Matt Katsaros, Annan Institute for Global Citizenship
Macalester Summer Internship Grants (MSIG). Summer internships offer robust learning/work experiences that help students advance their academic interests and careers. In the summer of 2019 the MSIG program will provide grants to students to do 10-week unpaid internships anywhere in the world. This funding is meant to help defray living costs for the duration of the unpaid internship, including housing, travel, food, etc.- 3 types of grants are available. March 25 Michael Porter, Internship Office
Chuck Green Program. October 15, 2018
Departmental Supported Summer Awards. varies.


  • In addition, Macalester faculty also have the opportunity to apply for Collaborative Summer Research (CSR) funds that supports student-faculty collaborative research during the summer. Faculty can contact Paul Overvoorde (overvoorde@macalester.edu), Associate Dean of the Faculty for more information.
  • Examples of Past Projects