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Student Research at Santa Clara
Learning in the classroom is only the first step—whether you're isolating DNA for biochemistry research, interviewing residents at a shelter, or helping produce a professional musical, you gain new skills through real-world application in your field. Opportunities abound at SCU for students to conduct research and publish in scholarly journals with the help of teaching-scholar faculty members.
Internal Funding for Students
The awards, grants and stipends listed below were created to support student research. For more information about a specific funding opportunity, please see the program's website or application guidelines.
In support of Santa Clara’s commitment to educating leaders of conscience and compassion, Johnson Leadership Experience program provides a one-time stipend to students for a self-tailored enrichment experience designed to enhance learning and cultivate leadership and ethical decision-making skills. Each award provides a stipend up to $7,500 and up to 5 stipends will be awarded. An overall GPA of 3.5 or higher is required. The stipend is available to students after they have completed their second year of attendance at Santa Clara, but before they graduate. The projects might include, for example:
Each ALZA Scholar receives a $13,000 annual award with summer research wages ($10,000) for up to two summers, academic year research wages ($2,500) for up to two academic years and supply funds ($500 total for the summer and academic year). Candidates must be undergraduates with a declared major in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Public Health, Physics, or Psychobiology. Candidates should have a career interest in biology, chemistry, the pharmaceutical industry, or medicine and be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The research mentor will be responsible for managing award funds.
Each award provides up to $10,000 for undergraduate summer research including wages, benefits, supplies and domestic research-related travel (the Luce Foundation does not support international travel). Clare Booth Luce Research Scholar awards are for undergraduate women who are U.S. citizens majoring in the natural sciences and engineering. Pre-health science majors are ineligible for these awards. An overall GPA of 3.25 or higher is required at the time of the award. Students planning to attend medical school or to pursue health professions careers are ineligible for this award.
Awards of up to $1,000 will be provided for undergraduate students to present research results at a scholarly meeting or to participate in a creative project as a scholarly endeavor. Students should apply for these awards.
The Office of Fellowships awards two Provost Research Fellowships of up to $1,500 for qualified juniors with promising research agendas. These summer research fellowships are intended to provide opportunities for significant independent research for students planning to pursue graduate study and major nominated fellowships. Candidates must be nominated by a faculty member willing to work with them to develop the research project and application, and to serve as mentor during the Summer. For further information, please contact Leilani Miller, Director of the Office of Fellowships Undergraduate Studies or find the Fellowship Guidelines here.
The Global Social Benefit Fellowship provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and research for undergraduate juniors within the GSBI worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. GSBF places juniors with social entrepreneurs during the summer prior to their senior year. If you are presently a junior, you are encouraged to apply.
Bannan Grants are designed to fund scholarly and pedagogical efforts by Santa Clara faculty, staff, and students which also further the mission of the Institute.
Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics are for the duration of senior year and have a stipend of $4,000. Fellowship selections for the next school year are made by the end of the Spring Quarter. The goal of the Hackworth Fellowships is to have Fellows promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action among their undergraduate peers. In order to pursue this goal, Fellows are expected either to develop their own programs in an area of interest to them or to work with existing programs at the center. These programs can be on as wide a range of topics and use as wide a range of methods as are of interest to each Fellow.