Remote Alternative Independent Summer Experience Program (RAISE) 2021

Watch the RAISE 2021 Student Information Session
recorded Wednesday, January 13, 1:00 p.m. PST

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RAISE 2021 Applications are due (via SM Apply) February 12, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Frequently Asked Questions 

After strong participation last year, Pomona College will once again run the Remote Alternative Independent Summer Experience (RAISE) Program during Summer 2021.  RAISE provides a multi-week fellowship opportunity that either facilitates students' independent projects or connects students with faculty research programs. We will prioritize safety and conceptualize projects that can run off campus to allow everyone maximum flexibility regardless of how events unfold. 

We developed RAISE to facilitate a broad range of activities that might continue to stimulate students' thinking and growth this summer from wherever they are based, including: reading, writing, research, and creative expression.

We encourage all interested returning students to identify a line of inquiry or a creative project that they are eager to pursue.  These projects may be independent or under the direction of a faculty mentor.  Projects should be manageable in scope so that they can be completed within 6 weeks.  Students may plan for a longer project, but the RAISE awards are fixed; projects longer than 6 weeks will not be scored more or less favorably than 6-week projects.

Project Requirements

  • All awards will be paid by stipend. Stipends will be $2,500 or greater, to be determined by our donor-funded budget and number of applicants. Acceptance of the award means that students agree to all conditions associated with the award outlined here. Recipients may not participate in both RAISE and any other Pomona College employment or stipend programs during Summer 2021 (e.g. PCIP, Mellon-Mays, Humanities Studio, Beckman, departmental funding). RAISE is considered a full-time commitment, so during the six-week period of the award, recipients may not also engage in other employment or in a summer stipend or internship program at another college or university. Please check with Amanda Jorgensen if you are uncertain whether or how these stipulations apply to your funding situation.
  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply to the RAISE Program. Students must be enrolled full-time for the spring semester and planning on returning in the fall.
  • Students should identify a Pomona faculty member whose expertise aligns with the proposed project. There is no single standard for the faculty member's role. The student and faculty member should determine this relationship in consultation with one another. It is appropriate for students funded by RAISE to consult with their endorsing faculty member during the 6 weeks of the fellowship. During the application process, the identified faculty member will be asked to endorse the student's project and indicate some willingness to check in with awardees on their progress.
  • Each student will design a final product that best encapsulates what they learned, achieved, or created this summer and that can be shared with the Pomona College community in the Fall. Some examples of final products include papers, posters, designs, models, programs, multimedia presentations, images of objects, recordings of performances, video essays, blogs, etc.   
  • All RAISE activities, including the final product, must be compatible with applicable Covid-19 regulations, including those of Pomona College (e.g., Pomona is not supporting travel during the pandemic).
  • Research involving human subjects must be approved by the Pomona College Institutional Review Board.
  • All applications will be reviewed by faculty and staff representing broad disciplinary expertise. Each applicant must prepare their own unique application. Duplicate applications (where all or parts of two students' applications are identical) will not be accepted. Projects will be reviewed based on the following elements: 
    • Quality of proposed project, as determined by clarity and conceptual or imaginative ambition of project, focus of research question or creative or pedagogical goal, and potential for significant intellectual/creative growth
    • Feasibility of proposed project (must be conducted in accordance with current Covid-19 guidelines and/or adequately flexible to evolving situation)
    • Endorsement of the identified faculty member
  • International students should check with their international student advisor if they require CPT (Curricular Practical Training) authorization to complete their project. For example, those doing research with a non-Pomona professor, or doing a research internship with an organization using this funding may need CPT.

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RAISE 2021 Program Application content

(to be completed in SM Apply)

Short Answer Factual Questions

  • Name
  • Current class year
  • Major
  • Pomona email
  • Pomona Student ID
  • Project Discipline
  • Primary Project Location
  • Name of faculty member who endorses your project (this faculty member will be contacted upon submission of your application
  • Does your project involve human subjects?  If yes, what classes have you taken that have prepared you to perform human subjects research? 

Project Definition Questions

  • Project Title
  • What do you propose to do or create?  I.e. What question do you want to explore?  What artifact or composition do you want to create?  And how does it tie in with your past and/or future academic pursuits (e.g. does it contribute to your senior exercise)? (Limit: 300 words)
  • In light of Covid-19 guidelines, what process will you engage in to complete this project? (Limit: 250 words)
  • What do you imagine will be the final product that best encapsulates what you learn, achieve, or create and how do you envision sharing it with the Pomona College community?  (Limit: 250 words)
  • If the campus was open in Summer 2021, would your proposed project benefit from you being on campus?  Why?  What parts of your proposal, if any, would change if you were on campus? (Limit: 250 words)
  • What Pomona-funded summer experiences have you previously participated in (e.g. PCIP, MMUF, Humanities Studio, Beckman, departmental funding)? (Limit: 200 words)

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