Undergraduate Studies | AU Summer Scholars & Artists Fellowship

2013 AU Summer Scholars and Artists

Congratulations to the winners 2013 AU Summer Scholars and Artists Fellowship!

  • Jonathan Wallen
  • Jessie Hirtenstein
  • Jose Ramirez-Rivera
  • Moira Esson
  • Allie Martin
  • Colin Wick
  • Kate Brunette
  • Sagatom Saha

A short description of their research projects can be found at the following link: 2013 AU Summer Scholars and Artists: Project Abstracts (PDF).

Undergraduate Research Workshop

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Application Information

Advanced undergraduates are invited to be an American University Summer Scholar or Artist for summer 2014. Fellows will be awarded $4,000 to conduct full-time research with a faculty mentor that leads to significant scholarly or creative work. The application deadline for the 2014 awards is March 7, 5 p.m. The results will be announced March 17.

To qualify, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Must have earned 60 credits by Summer 2014
  • Will be registered for classes in Fall 2014
  • Conducting research project with a faculty mentor

Before submitting the application form, students should request a confidential letter of recommendation from the faculty mentor and prepare the following materials to be entered or uploaded into the electronic form:

  1. A project title
  2. A brief, 100-word, project abstract
  3. An AU transcript
  4. A project proposal

Once you submit the electronic form, your professor will be asked to upload a letter of recommendation.

The selection committee will look at the following characteristics of your application:

  1. The quality of the research question
  2. The quality of the research method
  3. The quality of the plan for the presentation of the results of the research
  4. The quality of the summer plan (whether the research can be done in the allotted time)
  5. The quality of the student’s preparation to do the work
  6. The quality of the mentor’s engagement


2012 Finalist Presentations


Enjoy the presentations of the 2012 Summer Scholars & Artists. A short description of their research projects can be found at the following link: 2012 AU Summer Scholars and Artists: Project Abstracts (PDF).




Maria Briscione

College of Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry & Psychology

Project Title: The role of serotonin in cocaine-induced taste aversions

Faculty Mentor: Anthony Riley






Jaim Coddington

School of International Service, International Studies

Project Title: Sylvan Jewel: Exploring Iracambi's Environmental Education Program in Minas Gerais

Faculty Mentor: Eve Bratman







Kathleen McGarrity

School of International Service, International Studies & Economics

Project Title: World of Warmcraft: International Climate Policy Coverage on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report

Faculty Mentor: Lauren Feldman







Andrew Merluzzi

College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology

Project Title: Assessing the ability of morphine to induce taste aversions in adolescent Lewis and Fischer rats: a behavioral, pharmacological and neurochemical analysis

Faculty Mentor: Anthony Riley







Sara Norton

College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology & Italian & International Relations

Project Title: Source Memory in Individuals with Closed Head Injury

Faculty Mentor: Bryan Fantie







Erika Robbins

College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology & Spanish Language & Justice

Project Title: Expectancies for Energy Drinks

Faculty Mentor: Laura Juliano







Mariya Tsyglakova

Kogod School of Business, Business Administration & Specialization in Finance

Project Title: What Types of Firms Join Business Networks Aimed at Addressing Violent Conflict in Countries Where They Operate?

Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Oetzel