Research and Lynk UAF

Sophomores and juniors pursuing unpaid or underpaid qualified research opportunities may apply for funding through Lynk UAF. The majority of the Lynk UAF application processes for research opportunities are the same as those for internship opportunities. However, there are a few exceptions and differences. Here is what you need to know:

Researching For an External Professor or Organization

Treat your research application exactly as you would an internship application in the Lynk UAF application. Complete the Final Internship Details with your supervising faculty/lab director listed as your supervisor/research mentor, and Mount Holyoke College as the organization.

Researching For an MHC Professor

Feel free to list your supervising faculty as your internship advisor, but be sure to let her/him know if you do so.

Complete the Final Internship Details section with your supervising faculty listed as your supervisor/research mentor, and Mount Holyoke College as the organization.

Getting Paid by a Faculty Research Grant?

  • Students who have received Lynk UAF funding before may receive funding again to work in a faculty research lab, as long as the funding comes from the faculty research grant. The opposite is also true. This is the only exception to the funded once rule.
  • Students paid by faculty research grants are not obligated to complete credit-bearing reflection or presentation following the summer research. This is the only exception to the Reflection and Presentation Lynk UAF Requirement. You still must complete the Lynk UAF Reflection Form in the Self Service area on my.mtholyoke.edu by September 5.

Conducting Independent Research

Complete the Final Internship Details section of Lynk UAF Step 2 with your supervising faculty listed as your supervisor/research mentor, and the institution the faculty is associated with as the organization. The city, state and country should be the location where you are conducting research. Example:

Organization:  Mount Holyoke College (Independent Research - Psychology)
Internship/Research Location: Shanghai, China
Industry: Educational Services
Job Function: Research/Development
Title: The effect of smiling on customer satisfaction

Through the supervisor confirmation process, your faculty supervisor will be asked to:

  • confirm that they have seen and approved the research proposal in detail
  • confirm that you are prepared to conduct independent research and that they would recommend you to do the research without reservation, and
  • confirm that there is a supervision plan in place with the supervisor that includes no fewer than three debriefing sessions with you during your research period.