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Freshman Monroe Project FAQs


What is the level of advisor involvement in the project?|
The role of the advisor is to work closely with you on writing your proposal; there is no obligation that they supervise your work over the summer. However, different advisors might want to be more involved - for example,  if you are continuing your work in a lab, the advisor will likely be very involved.  It would be GREAT if your project advisor would read and comment on your blog posts! 

The application asks my advisor to submit a letter.  What goes into that?
This letter does not have to be long. It should confirm that the advisor has worked with you on the proposal and endorses your research. 

Is it okay if my research lasts more than two weeks?
Yes.  If you know that you plan to research for more than two weeks at the time of application, indicate that in your proposal.

Is there summer housing available on campus?
Summer housing is available to students whose research involves using campus resources (labs, Swem, faculty, etc.) and who are planning to work on campus for a minimum of one full summer session. In 2013, the dates of the summer sessions are Tuesday May 27 - Friday June 27 and Monday June 30 - Friday August 1.

If my research lasts more than two weeks, can I get housing for the full time I'm doing research?
Yes.  You may have research housing for up to the length of both summer sessions but you must indicate that you need this when you fill out your summer housing form. 

I am already working in a lab and would like to continue that research this summer.  Is that okay?
Yes.  Be sure to indicate that in your proposal.

The professor teaching the course I want to build my project on is not able to serve as my advisor.  What should I do?
The professor teaching the course you're building your project on is not required to serve as your advisor. It's a
good idea to ask her / him
for recommendations of other faculty who are knowledgeable about the topic and who
could serve as your project advisor. You can also email your project idea to [[lmgrim, Lisa]] and ask for recommendations.

I would like to talk over my project ideas.  Who should I talk to?
Meet with a Peer Scholarship Advisor in the spring semester or email