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Dean's Summer Fellowship

About the Dean’s Summer Fellows

The Dean’s Summer Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students to conduct summer research in any academic discipline under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students receive a $3,000 (full summer) or $1,500 (half summer) stipend as part of this fellowship. Mentors submit fellowship applications for their students by March 6. Funds for this fellowship are provided by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Dean’s Fund for Excellence.

Experiential Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences

Program Details

University of Dayton undergraduate students from any academic discipline within the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply. The application process must be initiated by a full-time faculty mentor. Fellows must be available to conduct research for a minimum of 20 hours per week during one or both summer sessions.

The Dean’s Summer Fellowship (DSF) application is available from the link at the bottom.

  • The student award for 2023 is in the amount of $3,000 (full summer) or $1,500 (half summer).
  • The process for 2022 required faculty mentors and students to complete a brief Google form to indicate the anticipated project deliverables, and to select from a short list the type of student experiential learning outcomes they intended for their student.
  • For the summer 2023 DSF program a stipend of $1,000 will be awarded to faculty mentors. This stipend will be added to a faculty member's payroll in the fall once their sponsored student has submitted their DSF final report. Mentors with multiple students are eligible for only one stipend.

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  • A minimum of 20 hours per week devoted to research on proposed project or related educational endeavor.
  • A midsummer progress report and a final report are required for full-summer fellows. The final report only is required for half-summer fellows.

  • Participating fellows may not enroll in more than one course (3 semester hours) in each summer session.
  • If a student has previously received a Dean's Summer Fellowship, they are eligible to receive a 2023 Fellowship.
  • By accepting the Dean's Summer Fellowship, students give permission to the University of Dayton to use their names, pictures and videos in College news and promotional materials without further consent.

In the News
Research 01.17.23

UD women's soccer player Jessica Sheldon spent summer 2022 achieving goals in the science lab.

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Technology 11.21.22

Inspired by his own struggles with public speaking, UD junior Bao Truong created a VR simulator to allow users to practice presentations before a computer-generated crowd.

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Technology 10.31.22

University of Dayton senior Spencer Pennypacker used his summer break to develop a video game through the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Summer Fellowship program.

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