COVID-19 Research Update

Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic, remote research may be the only possible option. Davidson College will have a preliminary update for DRI research travel by late spring 2021. We will notify you as the situation develops. In the meantime, we encourage you to complete any application of interest with your research needs in mind (including any travel) and maybe a short note about how your project will change if travel is involved. We will make space on all applications for the latter.

The Davidson Research Initiative (DRI) offers a wide range of opportunities for collaborative research and in-depth study between students and faculty during the summer.

First-years, sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for DRI Summer Research Fellowships in any discipline. In applying to the DRI Program students may propose research projects that fit within the general framework of the faculty member's research or scholarship pursuits. However, to be awarded a DRI, a student must have individual ownership of at least one question or topic within that framework. Further, the student must be able to articulate (in the proposal) the unique contribution they will be making to advance the work.

  • Collaborative research project proposals, involving two to four students, will be accepted.
  • Collaborative project proposals must be submitted by each student individually but will be reviewed and rated as one project.  

Under current policies, DRI Summer Research Fellows can propose to work 10 weeks on campus, or five weeks on-campus with a faculty mentor and spend up to five weeks off-campus OR the student could work up to 10 weeks off campus, if the faculty mentor is also off campus, for at least five of the 10 weeks. Students will receive $480 per week, plus housing, and travel/supply funds will be distributed as needed.

The following designated fellowships will be available through the DRI thanks to the generosity of Davidson donors, Ellen and Ernie Stevens, The Clark Ross Academic Innovation Fund and Larry Mimms '76:

  • Two Mimms Summer Research Fellowships, designated for students exploring research in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, genomics or bioinformatics.
  • One Ross Summer Research Fellowship designated for students who have an interest in the social sciences or humanities disciplines.
  • One Stevens Summer Research Fellowship designated for students who are interested in studying the attributes of chemistry.
Davidson Research Initiative

From the health effects of e-cigarettes to modeling economic growth in developing countries, students contribute to the creation of knowledge through the Davidson Research Initiative.


Deadline for applications for DRI Summer Research Fellowship proposals is Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 5 p.m. After consultation with his/her faculty mentor the student will submit a proposal that consist of an introduction, justification (literature or previous work), methods, preparation, dissemination, and interview or surveys (if applicable). Contact Nicole Snyder at for more information.

If your undergraduate research project is accepted and if you indicated on the DRI application that your project required technology resources, you will need to request a consultation regarding technology needs during the spring semester. Please email the Technology & Innovation Support Center at or call 704-894-2900 to set up an appointment.

The application is currently under review, and will be updated in September, 2020. 

Davidson Research Group Investigations

DRI Group Investigations fund small groups of students who travel with a faculty member to an off-campus location to perform field research related to their coursework. A class studying "post-wall" Germany, for example, traveled to Berlin for a week over winter break. Another group traveled to Cleveland and Chicago to study urban decline and renewal. Groups can also stay on campus and study an artifact, rare volume, work of art or other tangible property that is brought to the college.

DRI for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Davidson invites undergraduate students who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to apply for positions in the DRI Summer Research Program.

Important Links

Information for Faculty Mentors

DRI Application 

Application Directions