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Summer Research College (SRC)


During the summer, roughly ten undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Research College (SRC). The Summer Research College, coordinated by the Department of Political Science and the Program in International Relations, is designed to foster close intellectual exchange by engaging students in research with a faculty member on a new or ongoing research project. The program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students from diverse disciplines to undertake research with a faculty mentor while being paid for their work.

In addition to research, students have the opportunity to learn from their fellow undergraduates during lunch seminars held twice a week. In the seminars, students present their work to both their student peers and a panel of SRC faculty.

Throughout the summer, various workshops are also offered to enhance the learning experience. Students attend technical workshops on Stata (a data analysis and statistical software package) and Excel as well as sessions on preparing for graduate school and conducting a career search.

“The International Relations Summer Research College offers students a unique opportunity to experience the process of doing actual research while allowing them to gain valuable job skills, and preparing them for careers in either academia or the corporate world,” says Mike Tomz, Director of the International Relations Program and the Summer Research College.  

Learn about our past 2017 SRC Cohort HERE.

Apply to SRC

Applications for SRC 2018 are due Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 3pm. SRC will take place over the summer of 2018 from Monday, June 25th through Friday, August 31st, 2018. See below for project descriptions, preference form application, and other information. 


Participants will work directly with a faculty mentor for ten weeks and receive a $7,000 stipend. The program, which is part of the Summer Research College, is designed to foster close intellectual exchange by involving students in the ongoing research of Stanford professors.  Project descriptions are attached. 



Participants must be current undergraduates at Stanford. Co-term students and seniors are eligible only if the bachelor’s degree will not be conferred before the end of the research appointment.



Students will be expected to work 40 hours per week during the program. The program will run from Monday, June 25th through Friday, August 31st, 2018. Students and faculty will present their collaborative research in in seminars that will take place twice per week throughout the program. You are expected to attend each seminar.



Each student will receive a stipend of $7,000 for ten weeks of full-time research work.



IR does not offer course credit for Summer Research College. You are only eligible to receive the full Summer stipend. Students planning to take Summer courses may not enroll in courses that exceed 5 credits and must get prior approval from the faculty member with whom they are working.  


For students who want to apply for on-campus summer housing, room, board, house dues, and other academic expenses are paid by the student. Students are responsible for paying their university summer bill, which will include any other academic expenses incurred. Students may review the summer room and board rates on the Housing Assignment Services website.


How to Apply:

See below for project descriptions to identify your top choice(s). Download the preference form (below) and use it to express your preference regarding faculty mentors and research projects.  Please email the preference form, cover letters, resume, and unofficial transcript to Becca Hall in the Political Science Department. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please save all of your files as a PDF and send these application materials in PDF form to Becca.  If your application is approved, someone will contact you to set up an interview. The department is only accepting applications via email. 


SRC Project Descriptions 2018

SRC Preference Form 2018

SRC Cover Letter Guidelines 


Please submit applications in PDF format via email to Becca Hall.


SRC 2018 Application Deadline

Application deadline is Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 3pm.

Questions? Contact Becca Hall, Political Science, Encina Hall West Room 100.