CASE Program FAQs

All CASE fellows must be current Elmhurst University students in good standing with an intended graduation date of December of the program year or later.

  • Eligible for First-Year Scholars (four-week) program:
    • Students with current first-year standing
    • Students who entered as first-year students in the previous fall but have sophomore standing due to AP credit
  • Eligible for Summer Fellows (eight-week) program:
    • Current sophomores, juniors and seniors who have completed the equivalent of at least three regular terms of college credit

Yes, stipends are provided to CASE fellows to compensate for summer wages. Federal law requires taxes to be withheld from the stipends.

Students may apply for a small amount of funding for supplies for their project. Accepted students will have the opportunity to apply for this additional funding.

  • Allowable expenses: research-related travel, research supplies, equipment, research participant incentive, software and other materials
  • Books and media: request should be submitted to the A.C. Buehler Library and should not be purchased directly
  • Software: must be approved in advance to assure we do not already have a site license. All materials and equipment become the property of Elmhurst University.

The CASE program is designed to be an intensive scholarly/creative experience. As such, students are expected to devote themselves to their project full-time and participate in all program events.

Students may not take courses, study abroad or work full-time during the program. Part-time work is allowed but limited to no more than 15 hours per week and must not interfere with required CASE activities. This requires permission of the faculty mentor and the director of the CASE program.

Housing may be provided for students who wish to live on campus during the project period. Please indicate your interest in on-campus housing on your application form.

All projects involving human subjects must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Consult with your mentor about IRB Guidelines.

Kimberly Lawler-Sagarin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Associate Dean of the Faculty
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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