Fletcher Jones Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship


With the generous support of The Fletcher Jones Foundation, Whittier College has established the Fletcher Jones Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship.

This fellowship is for current students with an interest in Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics, or Kinesiology, and a desire to engage in a substantial summer undergraduate research project with a faculty mentor. Applicants must design their project proposal with a faculty mentor. Five of the 10 fellowship awards per year are intended for first or second year students.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Whittier College student in good standing
  • Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Kinesiology, Math, or Physics majors
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA

Selection Criteria

  • Project will enhance the student's academic experience
  • Proposal is well written
  • Project is feasible
  • Proposed project has a STEM focus

Program Benefits

  • A summer stipend of $5,000 for research activities
  • A research supplies budget of approximately $500
  • Eligibility for subsidized conference registration and/or travel
  • The project faculty mentor will receive a $1,000 stipend

Applying to the Program

The application is due on the first Friday of March. Use this guide to help you gather your application documents. Request these items two weeks prior to the deadline.

A complete application will include:

  • Unofficial academic transcripts (a PDF of your Degree Works)
  • Current semester Course Progress Report for each 3-4 credit course you are enrolled in
  • Student Contract
  • Signed Mentor Agreement 
  • A written recommendation letter from the faculty mentor for the project.
  • A reference contact from someone outside of the applicants major and project’s area of focus. This can be a Faculty member, or when applicable to the project, a personal reference (e.g., employer, internship supervisor, volunteer coordinator).
  • 500-word essay explaining
    • how you became interested in the project
    • why you want this fellowship opportunity
    • how you will benefit from the fellowship both personally and professionally
    • what personal qualities (skills, attributes, and/or abilities) you possess that will ensure a successful fellowship experience
  • A 1000-word essay indicating
    • the primary objective of your project
    • discuss why is it important
    • explain the methodology(ies)/ approach(es) that will be used to accomplish your objective
    • present a time line for the project during the fellowship period
    • identify the end result(s) of your project (e.g., a public presentation at URSCA or other conference, a paper, etc.). 
  • Selected semi-finalists may be interviewed. 

Fletcher Jones Fellowship Advisor

Elizabeth Sanchez