Lovelace Research Program

About

This program provides funding to support undergraduate students in conducting research with a computer-science faculty advisor. The Lovelace Scholars funded by this program will be paid a stipend of $1200 and are expected to dedicate about 10 hours/week to research during the academic term. The funding may be renewed for a second term upon mutual agreement between the student and advisor.

Lovelace Scholars also have the opportunity to apply for up to $500 in funds for any equipment, supplies, or travel necessary for the research project.
 

Who is eligible?

Any Dartmouth undergraduate student who has completed at least two terms at Dartmouth, does not have other research funding (e.g., from UGAR), is not receiving credit for the research (e.g., senior thesis CS99), and has identified a CS professor as advisor for a research project. Any professor affiliated with the Department of Computer Science (including adjuncts, as shown here) is eligible to serve as an advisor.

No prior research experience is required!

What projects are possible?

Students are encouraged to contact CS faculty to inquire about possible projects – faculty usually have new or ongoing projects that are suitable for undergraduate students, and many are also open to students proposing their own project. A starting place to look for opportunities includes reviewing the Faculty Research Areas and Research Groups & Labs pages, both on the department's website. In addition, UGAR lists some CS projects and tips for finding a faculty advisor.

Remote work is possible for many projects, depending on the nature of the project and current College guidelines for undergraduate research; students should discuss work arrangements with their proposed advisor.

Expectations

Students are expected to dedicate about 10 hours/week to research during the academic term.>

At the end of their final term as a Lovelace Scholar, students are expected to present their work in a poster presentation at the department's Technigala (held every term) or at the annual Karen Wetterhahn Science Symposium (held at the end of Spring term).

How to apply

Applications are now open for Summer term 2021. Once you have found a faculty research mentor and agreed on a research project, please fill out this Google Form.

Deadline

The deadline for the applications for Summer 2021 is on Friday of the 9th week of this term (May 28th) at 6pm ET. The decision will be made by Friday of the following week (June 4th).

Acknowledgements

The Department of Computer Science is grateful to an anonymous donor for the funding that enabled this program. The department named this program in honor of Ada Lovelace, considered by many to be the world's first programmer.