Who is eligible to apply?
All registered Hopkins undergraduates (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors) in good academic standing (not on academic probation or suspension) are eligible. HOUR especially encourages applications from students from underserved backgrounds (e.g. first-generation students, low-income backgrounds), students who are underrepresented in STEM fields, and/or those who may not have previously had an opportunity for a research experience. This program is NOT open to post-bac students (students that have just graduated prior to the summer of the program).
What kind of projects are accepted?
Research, scholarly, or artistic activities that lead to the production of new knowledge; to increased problem solving capabilities, including design and analysis; to original, critical or historical theory and interpretation; or to the production of art or artistic performance.
What is an ‘independent” research, scholarly, or creative project?
- Independent projects (in any field) can be a unique project conceived of by the student with a university mentor providing guidance and support. HOUR is happy to help students connect with a mentor if they have been unable to identify one.
- Independent projects can also take place in a larger group or lab, where the undergraduate is assigned an identified portion of the project. The undergraduate is given ‘ownership’ of that portion as it contributes to the larger project.
Does my project have to be related to my major or minor?
Your undergraduate years are the time to explore your interests. We are happy to fund passion projects in addition to projects related to your major or minor.
What is required to apply?
- Basic information for the online application (name, JHU email, cell number, anticipated year of graduation, mailing address, major(s))
- project proposal must not to exceed 4 pages total including figures and bibliography (see proposal guidelines)
- Mentor name and Hopkins email address (up to 2 mentors allowed). Affiliates of Hopkins (Lieber Institute, Kennedy Krieger, Carnegie Institute, and some NIH) can also serve as mentor, but must get approval of the HOUR office if they do not have a Hopkins email address as our system utilizes SSO protocols for security.
Can I apply to and or receive HOUR opportunities more than once?
Yes, you are encouraged to continue to apply to our programs throughout your undergraduate career at Hopkins. Projects evolve, interests change and HOUR wants to encourage your exploration. In the case of “tied” review scores in an individual program cycle, preference will be given to students that have not previously received funding through HOUR programs.
Is there a formal presentation due at the end of the project?
Yes, all HOUR program recipients are expected to present their project at DREAMS (occurring in the Fall and Spring semesters) or another HOUR approved presentation event. Projects can be in many formats. See the DREAMS page for examples. This presentation should occur within one academic year after the award period is complete. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis after the recipient contacts the HOUR office about a conflict.