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BLISS*  is a summer residential program designed to stimulate community, creativity, and scholarship among a diverse cohort of undergraduate researchers. During the ten-week program approximately 15 Harvard students work full time on faculty-led social science research projects on campus or in the neighboring communities. BLISS provides on-campus housing and partial board, a stipend for expenses, and coverage of summer savings obligations for financial aid recipients; it also provides 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, aand chance to present their research publicly), as well as a host of social activities.

The call for faculty project proposals goes out in early December (with a deadline in mid-January). The projects are posted for the students on this website, 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.


*Formerly ‘Behavioral Laboratory In the Social Sciences’, but this implies a limited scope: in fact, we seek projects from across the spectrum of social science fields.



2017 Key Dates

Jan 20 (Fr): Faculty project proposals due

Feb 22 (We): Student application due to URAF

March/early April: Faculty (mentor) - Student (potential fellow) interviews

mid - April: Final decisions

~ June 1: Student fellows move in to Leverett

June 5: Program begins

Aug 8-9: Student presentations

Aug 10: Program ends

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