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About the Program

Science Research Fellows is an honors program for outstanding students interested in scientific research. The program contains four components, described below.


Research Experience I

In Research Experience I (HONR 191), students learn the process of science in preparation for future research experiences. Students work with a science faculty member in small groups (5-6 students) on a research project which culminates in a group presentation. These projects are distributed across the science departments at DePauw.

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Collaborative Summer Research

Following Research Experience I, students join the lab of a science faculty member for a collaborative ten-week summer research experience. All students present their findings in a poster session at an open-university forum in mid- fall. Depending on the outcome of the research, students  may have opportunities to present their research at regional, national and/or international conferences, or work with faculty members to publish results in a professional journal.

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Research Internship

By the summer following their junior year, students will complete at least one additional research experience, usually an off-campus research internship (also called an 'externship'). Students can choose a semester long internship for academic credit or a summer paid internship. Opportunities exist at a major research universities, government laboratories and private research corporations, in the United States and abroad. As another option, SRF also supports the continuation of established collaborations between students and professors at DePauw.

The SRF Program maintains a list of internship opportunities and will help students apply for these opportunities by offering resume and cover letter advice and a summer workshop on how to apply for externships. 

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Senior Capstone Seminar

SRF students close their DePauw careers with a senior-level capstone seminar (HONR 491) in their final fall semester. The class provides the opportunity for the Research Fellows to share their research internship experiences with other students in the program and to read about and discuss scientific issues that will be relevant to their careers after graduation. Recent class assignments have included writing original research proposals and designing projects to share their excitement about science with the outside world.