Miller Worley Research Scholar Program

The Miller Worley Research Scholar Program is designed to offer a supportive learning community to students pursuing summer research opportunities. The program collaborates with other units on campus and provides funding for research projects related to the Mission of the Miller Worley Center.

Miller Worley Research Scholars work on a distinctive individual research project with the support of a faculty mentor. As part of the program, students receive access to additional resources and activities that will better prepare them for graduate study.

Resources include:
•    Pre-departure and post-departure academic and leadership workshops
•    Opportunities to serve as a student mentor to new research fellows
•    Opportunities to network with other student researchers as part of a campus learning community
•    Faculty/Alumnae Talks on Research and Careers
•    Financial assistance for attending conferences upon return to widen professional networks. (up to $250)

Admission to the program is selective. Our goal is to provide support for student researchers who plan on pursuing post graduate research opportunities such as a fellowship grant and/or PhD program.

ALL MAJORS are welcome to apply. Students apply for this program through LyonNet. The NEW DEADLINE March 1 .

In addition to your resume, your application will consist of: (i) a cover letter; (ii) an unofficial MHC transcript; and (iii) a letter of reference.  Please upload your cover letter and transcript in LyonNet.  The letter of reference should come from an MHC faculty member and briefly – but specifically – address your relevant qualifications and readiness to be successful in this internship.  (A former job/internship supervisor may provide this letter if she or he also has an understanding of the internship as a component of your educational program at MHC.)  Letters should be sent via email to with your name and the internship title in the subject line

Students must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average, evidence of relevant coursework and a faculty mentor recommendation.   Students will be notified of their award in early March. Applicants in the process of applying for UAF funding, and students with a UAF award in hand, will be considered.
Please feel free to contact our office at 413-538-3091 if you have any specific questions about this opportunity.  Students who are chosen to participate in the program will receive their funding award through the UAF application process and may participate in COLL 211 with participation in the LEAP Symposium in the Fall following your summer experience.

The primary selection criteria for the award are:
•    student's desire to participate in active research
•    her preparation to conduct the research
•    her academic achievement
•    and her career interests
•    her confirmed faculty mentor
•    adherence to UAF funding guidelines

Student scholars are selected by a faculty committee.  Students will receive an award of $3,000 for Domestic projects: and $3600 for International projects.
Students selected as Miller Worley Research Scholars are expected to participate in all stages of the program. Upon completion, they will receive a Miller Worley Research Scholar Certificate.

Past Research Projects have included:
•    Global Food Systems
•    Influences of the Environment on Patients at Mental Institutions
•    Grassroots Movements in the Global South
•    The Fate of Omo's Indigenous Community
•    Science, Politics, and Power in Environmental Policy
•    Cookstoves and Carbon Offsets
Note: Students with an established research project who complete the UAF application process but are not chosen as a Miller Worley Scholar may still receive funding through the UAF but will not be designated as a Miller Worley Research Scholar or receive associated benefits.