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The Harvard College BLISS program is a summer residential program for Harvard undergraduates designed to provide a formative and substantive social science research experience and to promote community, creativity, and academic excellence. During the ten-week program approximately 15 students work full time on social science research projects led by Harvard faculty. 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, and a 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.

BLISS Week 10 - Final Presentations Tu, We, Th!

Final presentations!
Semitic Museum, 3rd Floor Gallery, 6 Divinity Ave

Please be on time as we will adhere to a very strict schedule. Mentors are counting on it! Your presentations should be 13 to 15 minutes long, which allows 5 to 3 mins for Q&A and 2 minutes to transition to next speaker.


9:00a    All student presenters arrive
9:25a    All non-presenting students have arrived and are seated
9:30a    Ekemini Ekpo
9:50a    Lucas Mitchell
10:10a    Emma Toh
10:30a    Archie Hall

(10:50a    10-min break)
11:00a    Simon Eder
11:20a    Owen Torrey
11:40a    Ryan Zhang

(12:00p    10-min break)
12:10p    Maclaine Fields
12:30p    Amma Ababio
12:50p    Brooke Martin (SHARP)


9:00a    All student presenters arrive
9:25a    All non-presenting students have arrived and are seated
9:30a    Maribelle Dickins
9:50a    Yiping Li
10:10a    Haley McBride
10:30a    Katherine Venturo-Conerly

(10:50a    10-min break)
11:00a    Peter Kim
11:20a    Andrea Martinez
11:40a    Julia (SHARP)

(12:00p    10-min break)
12:10p    Piper Winkler (SHARP)
12:30p    Frank Cahill & KeeHup Yong (SHARP)

1:00p    Clean up
1:30p    BLISS Fellows Lunch at Koreana


9:00a    All student presenters arrive
9:25a    All non-presenting students (all BLISS Fellows) have arrived and are seated
9:30a    Eli Holmes
9:50a    Nicole Araya
10:10a    Snow Dong
10:30a    Sinead Danagher

(maybe everything below will be moved up 10 mins or so, e.g., break at 10:40a, next speaker at 10:50a, and so forth)
10:50a    10-min break
11:00a    Norah Murphy
11:20a    Faith Pak
11:40a    Katie Okumu
12:00p    Noah Houghton

Meet this year's cohort of Fellows!

The photos and bios of the 2018 BLISS cohort have been posted here.


Q: Who should I contact with questions?

A: Jennifer Shephard, BLISS program manager, 617.495.7906,, or Greg Llacer, Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, 617.384.7995,

Q: What are the dates of the program?

A: We always start 11 days after Commencement. In 2018 the program runs from Monday, June 4, through Thursday, August 9 (presentations on August 7 and 8). In 2019 the program will run from June 10th to August 15th, with presentations on August 13 and 14.

Q: What kinds of projects has BLISS included in the past?

A: Check out prior faculty project descriptions (meant to be illustrative, not limiting). Note that not all projects were filled; to learn more about those that were, check out the abstract books and fellow bios.

Q: What kinds of academic, professional development, and community programming does BLISS offer?

A: Many of the academic activities are listed on the calendars for each summer. To get a sense of the community as a whole, visit some of the Harvard Undergraduate Research Village blogs.

Q: Who designed the BLISS logo?

A: Audrey Effenberger, Harvard College class of 2019.

Q: Did BLISS once stand for something other than "Build Learning through Inquiry in the Social Sciences"?

A: Originally the BLISS acronym derived from Behavioral Laboratory In the Social Sciences. A new backronym was developed in 2017 to better reflect program goals and diversity of research methodologies. BLISS might also be said to represent the amazing summer experience we hope participants will have!

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