Ellen M. P'78 and Herbert M. Patterson '42, P'78 Research Fellowship

The Ellen M. P'78 and Herbert M. Patterson '42, P'78 Research Fellowship was established in 2009 by Ellen Patterson, widow of Herbert Patterson.  This fund celebrates Ellen and Herb's long association with the College and honors the couple's daughter Amy Baird '78 and her two children, their grandchildren, Bruce Baird '08 and Emily Baird '09.  This fellowship is designed to support students engaged in research, with preference to students conducting research in the humanities over the summer months.

First-years, sophomores, and juniors may apply. Current seniors are ineligible.

Students opt to carry out 8, 9, or 10 weeks of research. Students should discuss with their faculty mentors what would be the appropriate duration of their fellowship and consider their own research goals and availability as well as their faculty mentors’ availability when making this decision.  Selected fellows are expected to commit full-time effort to their research project and faculty mentors must approve the duration of the fellowship period.

The Patterson Research Fellowship offers $400 a week, therefore an 8-week fellowship carries an award of $3,200, a 9-week fellowship carries an award of $3,600, and a 10-week fellowship carries an award of $4,000. 

If requested and approved during the application process, fellows may also be reimbursed for up to $500 for justified research related expenses (e.g., laboratory/art supplies, analytical costs, and travel beyond the local area to conduct field work or to visit an archive).

Should a faculty mentor feel that a fellow is not making sufficient progress toward the research goals set forth in the fellow's proposal, the College reserves the right to discontinue funding.