Molfese Summer Research Program Scholarship

About the Molfese Scholarship

Drs. Victoria and Dennis Molfese established the Summer Research Award in Neuroscience and Education to provide minority undergraduate students an opportunity to do summer research with tenure-stream faculty members who are doing work in the areas of education, psychology and/or neuroscience.

Program Structure

  • 8-week summer research program, June - August
  • Requires a 20-hour commitment per week
  • Funding may support living on-campus in a dorm while working on the summer research program
  • Receive a stipend of $1,000 + $500 for poster and conference travel expenses

Research Work Requirements

Students must identify a faculty research advisor who is a tenure-stream faculty member actively engaged in research in the areas of education, psychology and neurosciences and whose work demonstrates a significant rate of scientific journal publications and research grant activity. Students will be supervised by and meet regularly with their faculty research advisor directing the laboratory/research project. During this time, the students will be engaged in research training in current scientific literature and methods. By the end of the summer training period, students must complete a scientific study and construct a poster that must be submitted to a scientific meeting.

How to Apply

Before you apply, please determine eligibility by reviewing the list below:

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student in an undergraduate degree program at the University of Louisville
  • Currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior
  • Demonstrates excellent academic achievement with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Will have completed 30 credit hours of undergraduate work by May 2018 (but not more than 120)
  • Will commit to at least 20 hours of research per week (Summer applicants)
  • Must identify and confirm with the faculty member that he/she is willing to serve as a faculty research advisor

Students must also define their research interests. What courses have you enjoyed? What questions or issues in your field interest you? Knowing the type of research you want to do and understanding the environment in which you'd like to conduct your research are essential for finding the right faculty advisor.

Apply Now!

Deadline to apply for the summer program is May 31st.

Molfese Scholarship Committee

The scholarship committee will review each application and supporting materials, including a letter of support from the faculty member who is overseeing the research project. A member of the committee will notify the applicant(s) if they are selected to receive a scholarship.

  • Dr. Lingo, Dean and Professor, College of Education and Human Development, Committee Chair
  • Dr. Marion Hambrick, Special Assistant to the Dean
  • Dr. Margaret Pentecost, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
  • Faculty Representative, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

The Molfese Scholarship is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age.