BLISS (behavioral laboratory in the social sciences) is a summer residential program designed to stimulate community and creativity among a diverse cohort of undergraduate researchers. During the ten-week program a dozen or so Harvard students work full time on faculty-led social science research projects on campus or in the neighboring communities. Modeled after the popular and successful Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE), BLISS provides housing and partial board, a stipend for expenses, and coverage of summer savings obligations for financial aid recipients, as well as academic and professional development programming for the student Fellows (including lectures and discussions with distinguished faculty and professionals in a wide variety of fields, practical seminars, and tours of research centers and labs around campus), and a host of social activities.
The request for faculty project proposals is usually published in late November or early December (with a deadline in early January). The projects are posted for the students in mid-January, and the student applications are due in mid-February. (Students should visit the URAF website for more details about this and other summer programs.) Contact Jennifer Shephard for more information.
- June 3-7: Fellows move in
- Mo, June 8: Research start date & welcome lunch for students and mentors at noon
- Tu, June 9: BLISS Dinner and Orientation (students only)
- Th, June 11: Research Integrity Training (after dinner)
Read a 2011 Harvard Gazette article
Note that *asterisked items are mandatory for BLISS Fellows.
Schedule subject to change! (Please pay attention to weekly emails.)