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Bemis and Eisner Research Scholarships: Undergraduate Summer Research in Europe
Program Terms: Summer
Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term
Year
App Deadline
WU Decision Date
Start Date
End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.
Fact Sheet:
Program Adviser:
Amy Suelzer
Program Description:
The Bemis and Eisner Research Scholarships
Undergraduate Research in Europe

General Information
The Research Scholarships are available to undergraduate students at Washington University to undertake an original independent research project in Europe prior to graduation, whether during the summer break or in addition to a structured semester abroad program.  The Bemis Scholarship for Undergraduate Research in Europe is named after Mrs. W. A. Bemis, a 1928 graduate of Washington University and a former secondary school teacher in Clayton. She opened the eyes of the initial funder when Professor Richard Rose was a geography student of hers at Wydown Junior High School. A second grant, the Eisner Scholarship for Undergraduate Research in Europe, was established in 2015. Mr. Seth Eisner, an early winner of the Bemis scholarship to do research in French history, is now an international executive at Microsoft and was inspired to offer more WU students the opportunity he had as an undergraduate.
 
Eligibility
  • WU undergraduate student in good standing.
  • Project should take place in summer prior to junior or senior year.
  • For research involving human participants, the project must be in compliance with any applicable WU IRB approval procedures.
  • Bemis Summer Research Scholars will report on the outcome of the project upon return. The report should be submitted within the first 2 weeks of the Fall semester and may take the form of a travel journal, a summary of findings, a paper, or any one of many other formats. Students will also be strongly encouraged to submit a proposal that incorporates their research abroad to the Undergraduate Research Symposium. 
 
Research Project
A proposal for a Bemis or Eisner scholarship should display initiative and the capacity to plan and undertake a project on one’s own in a foreign country. The subject can be in any field provided that research in Europe is a necessary condition for its successful completion. Frequently, projects have been connected to thesis or capstone work in the major, but this is not essential. Topics that have no specific European content are not suitable, nor are proposals that consist of language study, a structured study abroad program, or travel without a specific focus.
 
The Awards
Up to three awards can be made up to a maximum value of $5,000 each. 
 
Application Components
The on-line application has the following components:
  • Data Sheet
  • Project Description - Statement of the aim of the project, how it is to be carried out, and the applicant’s prior work on the topic, including any relevant language qualifications.
  • Budget
  • Unofficial Student Record
  • Letter of Reference from a faculty member evaluating the quality of your proposal and your capacity to carry out the field work. 
 Selection
  • Quality of the Proposed Project:
    • Clearly articulated project plan and goal
    • Feasibility – is the proposed project realistic?
    • Originality of thought
    • Sound logistical arrangements (perhaps including guidance from faculty and/or staff at WU or in the host country)· 
  • Qualifications of the Applicant 
    • The overall strength of the applicant in areas relevant to the proposed project
    • The applicant’s ability to conduct the proposed project as evidenced by the applicant’s references or previous experiences 

Deadline
The on-line application should be completed by March 1
 
For more information, please contact Amy Suelzer, Director of Overseas Programs, at 935-8372 or acsuelze@wustl.edu


 
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