CASE Program FAQs

All CASE fellows must be current Elmhurst College students in good standing with an intended graduation date of December 2018 or later.

  • Eligible for First-Year Fellows (four-week) program:
    • Students with current freshman standing
    • Students who entered as first-year students in Fall 2017 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 up to $300 in funding for supplies for their project. To apply for this additional funding, submit an itemized budget request with your application.

  • 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 College.

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 14 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.

Yes, housing will be provided for fellows wishing to live on campus during the project period. Please indicate this 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

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

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