Davidson students in the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 are invited to apply for a $5,000 scholarship to support research this summer as a Donchian Research Fellow in Ethics. The scholarship will be provided by the Vann Center for Ethics, funded by a grant from the Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation. A stipend of $1,000 will also be awarded to a member of the Davidson faculty serving as mentor to the student with the winning application.
Applications are due no later than noon on Monday, March 23, 2015, to Dr. David Perry, Director of the Vann Center for Ethics, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must contain:
1. A 4-5-page description of the research in ethics that you intend to conduct, including an overview of the methods you’ll use (e.g., analyzing relevant scholarly and/or popular literature, interviewing experts, etc.). Note that if your research will involve interviews or surveys, you may need to obtain approval from the Human Subjects Review Board.
2. A one-page resume/CV (curriculum vitae).
3. A letter of recommendation from a member of the Davidson faculty who agrees to serve as your mentor for this summer research. (Faculty should send a confidential letter directly to Dr. Perry.)
4. An unofficial transcript of your coursework at Davidson. (You may print yours from DegreeWorks, scan it to PDF format, and send that electronically to Dr. Perry.)
5. A sample of your written work at least 5-pages long, ideally but not necessarily in ethics. If you plan to expand on research that you’ve previously published or included in a course paper, you should provide a copy of that whole paper and indicate (in #1 above) how your summer research will go beyond it.
The final product of your research will be a 30-page paper (double-spaced, in Times Roman 12-point font, with 1-inch margins on all sides), due to your faculty mentor and Dr. Perry no later than noon on Monday, August 17, 2015. As with any other paper that you write at Davidson, it must be thoroughly and properly documented and involve no plagiarism.
You will also be expected to give at least one public presentation on campus in the fall concerning your research.
This summer research project is meant to occupy your attention for 8-10 weeks. Applicants may be disqualified if they accept another fellowship, internship or job that will unduly conflict with this project. You and your faculty mentor must communicate at least once a week during your research and writing period.