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Undergraduate Research Initiative


Wed, 26 Mar 2003 19:39:16 +0000 (GMT)






Dear Colleagues:
I'm pleased to announce a new Undergraduate Research Initiative
designed to significantly enhance opportunities for undergraduates to
conduct research with faculty members.  The central piece of this
initiative, which grew from recommendations made by the Task Force on
the Undergraduate Experience, is a Summer Scholars funding program for
30 undergraduates to pursue research projects with faculty on our three
Massachusetts campuses as well as Tufts' clinical faculty in our
affiliated hospitals.
Students accepted as Summer Scholars will receive a stipend of $3,500
and up to $1,000 to defray research costs.  Faculty mentors will receive
a research award of $1,000.
As summer and students' applications deadline are quickly approaching,
many students will be looking to Tufts faculty for opportunities to
collaborate on research.  Beginning next Monday, March 31st, a
"Research Clearinghouse" will be available on a website through which
faculty may post their research opportunities. To receive more
information about the Student Scholars program or the Research
Clearinghouse, contact Joanne McPherson in the Dean of the Colleges
Office at 7-4239 or  Information will soon
be available online.
In addition to the fine work of the Task Force on the Undergraduate
Experience, I would like to acknowledge the leadership of Dean Susan
Ernst, Interim Dean Vin Manno and Charles Inouye, Dean of the Colleges,
in creating and investing in this new program.  I will work closely
with them to assess this program's first year so that we can ensure its
optimal design and results for many years to come.  We are committed to
the long-term success of this program, and it is a priority in our
upcoming capital campaign.
As you know, President Bacow and I believe that Tufts occupies a unique
niche in higher education.  Tufts combines the quality undergraduate
learning experience of smaller liberal arts colleges with the
extraordinary opportunity for advancement of knowledge found in the
major research universities.  It is important that we build upon this
strength by providing research opportunities that enable students to
collaborate with professors and take part in the process of discovery
and creation.
I look forward to working with you in this new initiative, and welcome
any questions or ideas you may have.
Best regards,
Jamshed Bharucha
Provost and Senior Vice President


For more information on the Summer Scholars Program, please see


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