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Summer Research College (SRC)

About International Relation's Summer Research College (SRC)

During the summer, roughly ten undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Research College (SRC). The Summer Research College, coordinated by the International Relations Program Office and the Department of Political Science, is designed to foster close intellectual exchange by engaging students in research with a faculty member on a new or ongoing research project. The program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students from diverse disciplines to undertake research with a faculty mentor while being paid for their work.

In addition to research, students have the opportunity to learn from their fellow undergraduates during lunch seminars held twice a week. In the seminars, students present their work to both their student peers and a panel of SRC faculty.

Throughout the summer, various workshops are also offered to enhance the learning experience. Students attend technical workshops on Stata (a data analysis and statistical software package) and Excel as well as sessions on preparing for graduate school and conducting a career search

“The International Relations Summer Research College offers students a unique opportunity to experience the process of doing actual research while allowing them to gain valuable job skills, and preparing them for careers in either academia or the corporate world,” says Mike Tomz, Director of the International Relations Program and the Summer Research College.  


Apply to SRC

Applications are now being accepted for SRC 2016. SRC will take place over the summer from June 20- August 26, 2016. Applications are due January 29, 2016 at 3pm. See below for project descriptions, preference form application, and other information. 


Participants will work directly with a faculty mentor for ten weeks and receive a $6,400 stipend. The program, which is part of the Summer Research College, is designed to foster close intellectual exchange by involving students in the ongoing research of Stanford professors.  Project descriptions are attached.  Applications are due January 29, 2016 at 3pm. 



Participants must be current undergraduates at Stanford. Co-term students and seniors are eligible only if the bachelor’s degree will not be conferred before the end of the research appointment.



Students will be expected to work 40 hours per week during the program. The program will run from June 20 - Aug 26, 2016. Students and faculty will present their collaborative research in in seminars that will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:45am–1:00pm throughout the program. You are expected to attend each seminar.



Each student will receive a stipend of $6,400 for ten weeks of full-time research work.



IR does not offer course credit for Summer Research College. You are only eligible to receive the full Summer stipend. Students planning to take Summer courses may not enroll in courses that exceed 5 credits and must get prior approval from the faculty member with whom they are working.  


For students who want to apply for on-campus summer housing, room, board, house dues, and other academic expenses are paid by the student. Students are responsible for paying their university summer bill, which will include any other academic expenses incurred. Students may review the summer room and board rates on the Housing Assignment Services website.


How to Apply:

See below for project descriptions to identify your top choice(s). Download the preference form and use it to express your preference regarding faculty mentors and research projects.  Please email the preference form, cover letters, resume, and unofficial transcript to Brenna Boerman in the Political Science Department.  If your application is approved, someone will contact you to set up an interview. The department is only accepting applications via email. 


SRC Project Descriptions 2016

SRC Preference Form 2016

SRC Cover Letter Guidelines 


Please submit applications via email to


2016 SRC Application Deadline

Friday, January 29, 2016 at 3:00pm (students are encouraged to apply early)

Questions? Contact Brenna Boerman, Political Science, Encina Hall West Room 100, phone 723-1806, email