Apply for the Laidlaw Scholars Program

Undergraduates—usually starting as sophomores—do research two consecutive summers with Tufts faculty mentors

Applications are now open for the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship program at Tufts, established in 2014 by Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay. The program has two major elements—summer research projects performed over two consecutive summers, which are supervised by a faculty member, and a leadership development program.

Twenty-five student-faculty pairs will be selected. The program is open to Tufts undergraduate students, preferably those in their sophomore year, since students must be able to commit to two consecutive summers of research. Faculty mentors must be Tufts faculty.

Research projects can be in any discipline. Projects may have an international dimension, and scholars may spend all or part of the second summer at an overseas university. Following each summer research period, scholars and their faculty mentors will participate in a research day in which their findings are shared with the broader community. The research project can culminate in the student’s senior honors thesis.

There are two pathways for a Laidlaw Scholarship—as individual research projects or as group research projects. Faculty mentors may work with teams of up to five undergraduate researchers. Projects can be thematic in nature, with each student pursuing his or her own research question and approaching the project from different disciplines. Students who have enrolled in summer courses are not precluded from participating. 

The application deadline is Friday, February 22. For more information and to apply, please go here.

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