Criteria for GUROP or Kalorama Selection

The student is encouraged to work closely with the faculty mentor in developing the summer research proposal. The following considerations are important for a successful application:

  • How well the student describes the research and how excited the student and the mentor seem about it
  • For GUROP – The faculty research mentor’s requirements of the student, including the degree of genuine intellectual involvement in the research by the student, as well as the extent of the student’s previous and future relationship to the overall faculty project
  • For Kalorama – The research question is original to the student, and can be shaped by a working relationship with the faculty mentor who, throughout the summer, should be available for questions and advice, and have an abiding interest in the success of the project.
  • The relative importance of this research both to the student (i.e., future academic interests, expansion on/ development of senior thesis, etc.) and the faculty (e.g., book in progress, etc.)
  • How confident the selection committee is that the project as proposed will succeed in a single summer, as may be evidenced by the student’s record, faculty publications record, research already accomplished, and feasibility of the proposal.
  • How thorough and complete the student’s application is with regard to any requirements specific to the proposal itself, e.g., IRB approval.