Richter Scholar Program

  • The Richter Scholar Summer Research Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct independent, individual research with Lake Forest College faculty early in their academic careers. The ultimate goal of this program is to foster a strong commitment to the intellectual life, and to encourage participating students to consider careers in research and teaching.

    Honors Fellows and other academically excellent students with an interest in research are invited to apply for the Richter Scholar Summer Research program in the early spring of their first year. During this time, they work one-on-one with a faculty member, doing independent research in one of a wide variety of fields. As the Richter Scholars live and work together and participate in a weekly colloquium, they become a community of peers, providing encouragement and support for one another’s research endeavors. The result is a group of scholars motivated to continue their intellectual achievement in the future.

    Program Options

    Lake Forest College is pleased to offer two distinct versions of the Richter Scholar Program for Summer 2014. The programs deliberately differ in length and scope to provide the most flexibility to our faculty and students so that we attract our most talented faculty scholars to serve as mentors and our most intellectually motivated students to apply and be selected for this program.

    During the research period, students will not pay tuition, and residence and dining halls will be available at no cost.

    The application form will be available at the beginning of spring semester and will detail the minimum qualifications and the application and selection process. The deadline for submitting applications for this highly selective program is January 31, 2014.

    Applicants should carefully read the program description below as well as these two PDFs to complete an application:

    1. 2014 Richter Program Faculty Mentor Proposals (which lists and describes faculty projects for both research options)

    2. 2014 Richter Scholar Application Form (which students must complete electronically and submit it by email as instructed within the form)

    The Honors Fellows/Richter Scholars committee will hold an information session from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on January 21, 2014 at the Center of Chicago Programs. All applicants are encouraged to participate in this session to have  questions answered.

    Please contact Dr. Shubhik DebBurman, chair of the Honors Fellows/Richter Scholar Committee, with any questions.

    RSCH 181: Independent Research Experience I (20-25 students)

    This award is given to selected students to engage in a three-week research project, beginning immediately after LFC commencement and coinciding with Summer Session I (May 13-June 3). 

    For RSCH 181 (Independent Research Experience I), faculty will offer a targeted research experience that will be focused and intense, with special emphasis on short-term outcomes. This is ideal for projects that are “ready to go,” where students can begin researching on day one. Faculty mentoring in this short-term research experience will rely on frequent and direct contact with students. This experience may include off-campus visits to libraries and museums, fieldwork, archival research, content analysis and any other activity that can be realistically worked into a three-week period. Students will not necessarily end this research program with a finished product, but they will engage in a rich, substantive experience and will make substantial progress. Some projects may accommodate multiple students resulting in a research community that may resemble a “mini” course – but one that focuses on the research experience.

    Students working on independent research projects will also meet as a group under the auspices of the Summer Program faculty advisor, engage in some social activities as a group, and present their research findings at a common forum at the end of the term.

    Students will receive 0.5 course credit (RSCH181), evaluated on a Credit/D/Fail basis, at the successful completion of the research period. This credit will count towards overall graduation credits but will not satisfy GEC or major requirements. This independent research project will provide for 75 hours of student work during Summer Session I (which translates to full days of research throughout the three weeks). The recommendation for the distribution of these contact hours is as follows: a minimum 15 hours of direct faculty contact/supervision, 55 hours of independent research work, and five hours of group coordination by the Summer Program faculty advisor.

    RSCH 182: Independent Research Experience II (10-15 students)

    This award is given to selected students to engage in a ten-week research project where the research project start date must begin between May 13 and May 27.  This date must be agreed upon by the faculty mentor and by the Faculty summer coordinators of the Richter Program (Dr. Siobhan Moroney, moroney@lfc.edu, and Dr. Don Meyer,meyer@lfc.edu).

    For RSCH 182 (Independent Research Experience II), long-term projects will start more slowly and develop over time. The longer research period is essential to the nature of the work conducted in these sustained research outcomes. Professorial mentoring is key and the student will work under the direction of a professor, sometimes alongside that professor. Yet these projects will also require more independent work than in RSCH181.

    Students working on different projects will also meet and engage in some social activities as a group and will present their research findings at a formal symposium at the end of the term.

    Students will receive one course credit (RSCH182), evaluated on a Credit/D/Fail basis, at the successful completion of the research period. This credit will count towards overall graduation credits but will not satisfy GEC or major requirements. This session involves 150 hours of work for credit, and 250 hours of work for pay, for a total of 400 hours of student work. The 150 hours devoted to one-course credit comprise a minimum of 25 hours of direct faculty contact/supervision, 100 hours of independent research work, and 25 hours of group coordination by the Summer Program faculty advisor. The student is compensated for the remaining 250 hours, composed of independent research and direct faculty contact/supervision, with a $2000 stipend.

Congratulations to the Richter Class of 2014

Option I (3-week) in alphabetical order

Joaquin Basile Patron ’17
with Dr. Elizabeth Benacka, Communication

Evelyn Bello ’17 
with Dr. Verena Bonitz, Psychology

William Braubach ’17
with Dr. Matt Kelley, Psychology

Anthony Collado ’17  
with Dr. Les Dlabay, Economics/Business

Teresa D’Astice ’17  
with Dr. Verena Bonitz, Psychology

Sophie Faylor ’17
with Dr. Dawn Abt-Perkins, Education

Tara Gloystein ’17 
with Dr. Matt Kelley, Psychology

Cam Gudmundson ’17  
with Dr. Shubhik DebBurman, Biology

Malia Hansen ’17  
with Dr. Naomi Wentworth, Psychology

Anna Harris ’17
with Dr. Desmond Odugu, Education

Hailey Hart ’17  
with Dr. Les Dlabay, Economics/Business

Kristina Karapetyan ’17  
with Dr. Naomi Wentworth, Psychology

Sujan Kim ’17 
with Dr. Dawn Wiser, Chemistry

Kevin Kupiec ’17  
with Dr. Enrique Trevino, Mathematics/Computer Science

Andrea Lorch ’17  
with Dr. Susan Long, Psychology

Ana McCracken ’17  
with Dr. Shubhik DebBurman, Biology

Chelsea McDonald ’17  
with Dr. Dawn Abt-Perkins, Education

Samantha Miller ’17
with Dr. Dawn Wiser, Chemistry

Emily Ong ’17  
with Dr. Susan Long, Psychology 

Marina Rawlings ’17
with Dr. Enrique Trevino, Mathematics/Computer Science

Diego Rojas-Toledo ’17  
with Dr. Alexander Shingleton, Biology

Grace Sullivan ’17
with Dr. Don Meyer, Music

Lily Thorsen ’17  
with Dr. Alexander Shingleton, Biology

Maja Torlo ’17  
with Dr. Christopher Todd Beer, Sociology/Anthropology

Kristen Whitney ’17  
with Dr. Elizabeth Benacka, Communication

William Woodman ’17  
with Dr. Dustin Mengelkoch, English

Allegra Wozniak ’17  
with Dr. Davis Schneiderman, English

Option II (10-week) in alphabetical order 

Ugur Cengiz ’17  
with Dr. Enrique Trevino, Mathematics/Computer Science

Jessica Chang ’17  
with Dr. Benjamin Zeller, Religion 

Han Na Chang ’17
with Dr. Davis Schneiderman, English

Lauren Dalecky ’17 
with Dr. Jason Cody, Chemistry

Charlotte Eaton ’17 
with Dr. Dawn Wiser, Chemistry

Logan Graham ’17  
with Dr. Shubhik DebBurman, Biology

James Haney ’17  
with Dr. Alexander Shingleton, Biology

Lauren Hatton ’17
with Dr. James Marquardt, Politics

Christian Juillerat ’17  
with Dr. Jason Cody, Chemistry

Camille Lemieux ’17  
with Dr. Desmond Odugu, Education

Lauren Lyon ’17  
with Dr. Alexander Shingleton, Biology

Samukelisiwe Ngwenya ’17 
with Dr. Desmond Odugu, Education

Kojo Osafo ’17
with Dr. Karen Kirk, Biology

Nikoletta Raso ’17  
with Dr. Davis Schneiderman, English

Peyton Schrag ’17  
with Dr. Shubhik DebBurman, Biology

Marcel Tatum ’17  
with Dr. Les Dlabay, Economics/Business

Click here for a list of previous Richter Scholars.