How the program works

The LARC program is designed to pair students with a supervising faculty member for 9 weeks of collaborative research work during the summer months. Each student/faculty group will also be a part of a research community comprised of at least one but no more than three other student/faculty groups.

  • Students will receive financial assistance to make full-time dedication to the research experience possible.
  • All faculty participants are eligible to apply for funding to cover costs for supplies, travel, and equipment (up to $3000 per student/faculty group).
  • A list of the faculty who will be participating in LARC during 2014, and their research interests will be posted in the Faculty Profiles section in early October.
  • For specific detail about applications, timelines, schedule of payments, etc. please visit the Student Eligibility.

In addition to completing their duties as a member of the research team, students must make an oral presentation at a conference on undergraduate research hosted by Willamette.  (This year's conference will be held on September 20, 2013 from 10:30 to 4:30 in Ford 122.) Students are also encouraged to present their work at regional or national conferences, and all final LARC projects will be accessible electronically through the Hatfield Library.


  • November 7, 2013—Collaborative Research Forum, 11:30-12:40, in the Willson-Hines Room in Goudy.  All students and faculty interested in participating in LARC 2014 should attend this event.
  • December 1, 2013—Deadline for students to contact faculty members applying for LARC
  • December 10, 2013—All Application materials due from research communities (including all faculty members and students participating in them)
  • Mid-January 2014—Participants in LARC 2014 announced
  • Spring 2014—Research communities and faculty/student pairings to begin informal, preliminary conversations about summer collaborative work.
  • June 2014—LARC projects begin (for most groups)
  • August 2014—LARC projects end (unless start date varied)
  • mid-September 2014—Students present LARC projects at Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by Willamette