Butler Summer Institute
The Butler Summer Institute is designed to allow a student to
pursue a significant research question, or to contribute to a
scholarly conversation, or to produce creative work, while being
mentored by a faculty member, and supported by a community of
equally enthusiastic student researchers, scholars, and
Those accepted into the Butler Summer Institute:
- Work closely with a faculty mentor to create original research,
scholarship, or a creative endeavor.
- Work and live with other Butler students who are equally
engaged in research, scholarship, or creative work.
- Produce work worthy of acceptance at a professional conference
or in a professional publication.
- Join the ranks of BSI participants who experience
- Receive a $2500 stipend, a housing allowance for campus
accommodations, and free admission to the cultural events scheduled
throughout the summer.
Should I apply for
BSI is a program you should consider if you have a research
question to pursue, a contribution to make to a scholarly
conversation, or a creative work you are ready to produce. You are
ready for this challenge if you are a sophomore or junior, if
you've had multiple courses related to the project topic, if you've
conducted research in one or more courses, or if you intend to or
are required to write a thesis.
If you feel confident that there is a project you want to
pursue, then it's time to ask: who among the faculty is the best
person to serve as my mentor on this project? For some of you, a
faculty member may already have encouraged you to pursue BSI and so
your question's been answered. For others, it may be the case that
you've taken two or three courses that are relevant to the project
you want to pursue-perhaps a research methods course, a course
that's provided the historical background of your topic, or a
course that's provided the latest thinking on your topic. Some
combination of such courses is essential in order for you to
complete a solo project. Also, those courses connect you to faculty
who have the expertise you need from a mentor, and just as
important, who share your interest in a particular area of inquiry.
Those are the faculty you should meet with and talk to about the
project you are considering. Ask them for feedback, let them steer
you in the direction of a solid question, the right background
material, and ultimately a feasible project plan. Ask them about
their interest in and availability to serve as your BSI mentor.
Finally, consider BSI if you have the time to commit not only to
your own research but to a community of scholars. The program
begins in mid-May and ends in mid-July. During those weeks, you
will live in campus housing, share many meals with BSI students and
mentors, participate in a service project, attend events around
Indianapolis, work like crazy on your research, present your
research, and feel an amazing sense of accomplishment when it's all
over. A key component, one you should not overlook, is that we
expect you to show interest in the work of your colleagues, listen
attentively when they talk about the trials and tribulations of
their research, and speak as clearly and simply as possible about
your own research that fascinates you but may be quite unfamiliar
to others. In other words, be present, be engaged, and be open to
all that BSI has to offer.
Important BSI Dates and Deadlines for 2013-14
Note: these dates are for the 2013-14 year. Revised dates
for the 2014-15 applications will be posted in October
Monday 10/28, 4:00-4:50 pm (GH 106): Informational Meeting for
New: If you missed the 10/28
meeting, you are still welcome to apply for BSI! Simply book an
appointment with Dr. Jones at your earliest convenience.
Friday 12/6 at noon: Statement of Intent deadline. Must be
submitted to the CHASE office (JH 153).
New: we will still accept these
after the deadline! Just e-mail us to let us know you will be
Tuesday 12/17: Prospective Mentor luncheon. Invitations will be
Friday 1/31: Completed proposals are due in the CHASE office (JH
There will be a required meeting in March for the selected
scholars. Details forthcoming.
May 19 through July 18: BSI 2014!
Students: please refer to
the 2014 BSI Proposal Guidelines (due
1/31 in the CHASE office) for detailed information on completing
your BSI Proposal. This document was revised on December 19th,
2013. Be sure to read the new information on formatting (font and
margins) for your application.
Mentors: here is the information form (updated for
2014) on your mentor letter of support (required for all BSI
To assist you, past BSI participants offer their proposals for
you to view. We've tried to cover as many subject areas as
Astronomy/Physics by Adam Hibshman
by Julie Kolnik
by Daniel Kroupa
Studies by Kate Siegfried
Creative Writing by Andrew Erlandson
by Morgan Sicklick
by Katie Hammit
Theory by Marcella Columbus
by AJ Teare
by Karina Hamamouche
Sociology by Brad Vogelsmeier
BSI 2013 Highlights