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February 11, 2019 | Category: Announcement

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ATTENTION: Freshmen & Sophmores: Laidlaw Applications are Open

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Laidlaw Scholarship Program Description:

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship program was established in 2014 by Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay. The program is currently in place at six universities in the UK: University of Oxford, University of St Andrews, Durham University, University of York, University of Leeds and University College London (UCL). The scholarship program is comprised of two major elements: 1) two summer research projects, which are supervised by a faculty member and 2) a leadership development program. The leadership development program varies across the six universities. Typically, they are standalone workshops that are offered over the course of two to three weekends.

Each cohort of Laidlaw scholars is comprised of 25 students. To date, more than 275 students have received the scholarships.

Laidlaw Scholarship Program at Tufts

The first cohort of Laidlaw Research and Leadership programming was launched at Tufts University in the spring of 2018. Twenty-five student faculty pairs will be selected. The program is open to Tufts undergraduate students, preferably those in their sophomore year, as students must be able to commit to two consecutive summers of research during their time as an undergraduate. Faculty mentors must be Tufts faculty and can come from any of the university’s schools.

Research projects can be in any discipline. Projects may have an international dimension, and scholars may spend all or part of the second summer in an overseas university. Following each summer research period, scholars and their faculty mentors will participate in a research day in which their findings are shared with the broader community. The research project can culminate in the student’s senior honors thesis.

Generally, there are two pathways to becoming a Tufts Laidlaw Scholar:

  1. Individual Research Project: The student may identify an individual research topic and work one-on-one with a faculty mentor.
  2. Group Research Project: A faculty mentor may work with a team of up to five undergraduate researchers. Projects can be thematic in nature, with each student pursuing his or her own research question and approaching the project from different disciplines.

Additionally, students who have enrolled in summer courses are not precluded from participating.

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