Apr. 17, 2020

Update on Summer 2020 Programs

Dear Faculty and Staff,
 
We are writing to provide an update on plans for summer programs at the College in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social distancing guidelines.
 
Over the last few weeks, the Academic Continuity Working Group has evaluated options for summer 2020 programs in consultation with academic center directors and faculty and staff from the Hale Center for Career Development and the Summer Science Research Institute. After careful consideration and attention to the health and safety of our community, we have concluded that all College-sponsored, in-person internships, research activities, fellowships and language study programs will be suspended for summer 2020. We know this news is disappointing for you and for our students and we are saddened that they cannot have the in-person experiences we all value so much. 
 
We are working to ensure that we can provide meaningful alternatives to these experiences with remote opportunities where possible. We are also reaching out to community partners and our alumni to expand remote summer opportunities for students.
 
Under a new set of guidelines, students who are able to pursue a remote funded internship, research opportunity, language study or career-building opportunity will be eligible for awards ranging from $500 to $2,500, depending on the activities proposed. Proposals will be evaluated using criteria from each program that has been adapted for a remote environment. Students who require additional support to ensure they have adequate connectivity (WiFi) for their remote summer experience also will be eligible for funding through the Student Emergency Fund.
 
A list of specific programs and their status, along with instructions for students is available on the Dean of the College‚Äôs website.
 
We know that this is a lot to take in, especially for our students who have been planning on these experiences in some cases even before they arrived at Conn. We appreciate your continued support of our students and your flexibility in adjusting as we navigate this unprecedented crisis. Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions about these programs.
 
Stay safe and well.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jeff Cole
Dean of the Faculty
 
Jefferson Singer
Dean of the College