Student-Faculty Collaboration

Summer Research Scholars Program

This summer research program, administered by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, was established in 1984 by William M. and Lucille M. Hackman. Since that time, other funds have been made available for additional students to benefit from the Summer Research Scholar experience. This program brings students and faculty together to work on challenging, high-level research projects that range from astrophysics and chemistry to sociology and art. Awarded students receive stipends for 5, 8, or 10-week periods of full-time research to experience first-hand the excitement and challenge of collaborating with professors in advanced scholarly work. The program is open to all current first-years, sophomores, and juniors at Franklin & Marshall. Participants must be nominated by the faculty members with whom they wish to work. Typically, about 85 students and 50 faculty members participate each summer. Applications must be made by faculty sponsors to the Committee on Grants in early February.

Leser and Nissley Student/Faculty Partnership

The Leser and Nissley awards, established in 1993 by Walter and Martha Leser and J. Richard and Anna Ruth Nissley, support research conducted by students in true partnership with faculty members. Leser awards (in the natural sciences) and Nissley awards (in other disciplines) of up to $1,000 are awarded several times annually; both are administered by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty. Students must submit applications to the Committee on Grants during specified grant periods.

Independent Student Research Projects

These grants provide additional support for student research projects whose need exceeds the resources of the departmental budgets. Most successful applications are for advanced independent research or artistic projects (e.g. 390 or 490), but projects not related to course requirements or collaborative projects are also eligible for funds.


A number of upperclass students are invited by faculty to serve as student preceptors in courses for first-year students. More details about these opportunities may be obtained from the Office of the Provost.

Production in the Arts

Each year, there are numerous productions in venues such as the Green Room Theatre, Barshinger Center for Performing Arts and the Roschel Performing Arts Center, sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film, the Department of Music and the Department of Art and Art History. Students, including non-majors in these areas, have the opportunity to perform or to become involved in working behind the scenes to help produce these performances and exhibits.

Other Partnerships

Many other academic-year and summer research positions are available through departmental and faculty grants.

The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development 

As part of its mission to provide a world-class liberal arts education that prepares students for lives of meaning and success beyond college, Franklin & Marshall has transformed the traditional concept of "career services" by creating the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD), which engages students early  and continues to support them after graduation with ongoing career advisement and professional development opportunities along with training on important life skills such as networking, financial literacy, leadership and mindfulness.  In doing so, OSPGD helps students and alumni:

    •    Recognize and articulate their unique strengths, challenges and experiences;

    •    Identify and secure opportunities congruent with their identities, values and goals; and

    •    Navigate and negotiate the expectations of the changing world of work and life. 

The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement

The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement provides students with a variety of opportunities to explore what it means to be a thoughtful and active member of a community by meeting them where they are in their development of sense of self and challenging them to make a difference.  The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement was founded in November 2000 through a generous gift from Trustee Paul W. Ware ‘72. Today, the Ware Institute challenges the civic imagination of Franklin & Marshall College students so as to instill in them a deeper desire to seek out opportunities to tackle community issues, contribute meaningfully to their communities and embrace their own potential to help shape the common good while both a student and post-graduation.  Offering everything from traditional community service, community-engaged opportunities through classroom collaborations and more structured program offerings, the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement connects today’s students with a variety of ways to get involved in the broader Lancaster community.

Center for Liberal Arts and Society (CLAS)

The Center for Liberal Arts & Society (CLAS)'s programs endeavor to provide opportunities for faculty, students and professional staff, as well as the general public, to explore the connections between our academic studies in the liberal arts and sciences and the cultural and social questions that confront us all.

CLAS provides an intellectual space for our collective and open-ended consideration of pressing civic challenges, such as increasing democratic participation, the ethics and politics of war and peace, the complex intersection of science and public policy, and the relevance of the liberal arts to society.

 Through its signature programs, lectures, and colloquia, CLAS aims to enrich the curriculum, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and to demonstrate the critical relevance of liberal learning to our lives as citizens in a democracy.

The Floyd Institute for Public Policy

The mission of the Floyd Institute is to improve the quality of public policy through research, training, and constructive interactions between the academic and policy-making communities. The Floyd Institute is a gathering place for faculty, policy makers, students and the public to discuss policy issues via colloquia, conferences, lectures, workshops, and research.  The Floyd Institute’s mission is carried out through the work of the Center for Opinion Research and the Center for Politics and Public Affairs.

 The Center for Opinion Research seeks to provide empirically sound research solutions and opportunities for academic and public policy researchers and the local community.  The Center designs innovative and thoughtful research solutions to help its clients answer important questions and make strategic decisions.  It also aims to produce and disseminate information that supports learning by students, researchers and the general public.  The Center designs and conducts the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, the oldest Pennsylvania statewide poll exclusively directed and produced in the state.

 The Center for Politics and Public Affairs fosters the study of politics and public policy. It seeks to stimulate discourse on political and policy issues. Its activities include fellowships and internships, public policy and political research, publishing research on policy and political topics and overseeing the Franklin & Marshall College Poll. The center also hosts political debates and policy fora by having political leaders and policy experts on campus to address and interact with members of the F&M community.

The Writing Center 

The Writing Center provides assistance for students working on college writing assignments and oral presentations through one-on-one tutorials and, at the request of faculty, in-class writing workshops. The Center’s trained staff of student writing assistants, mostly juniors and seniors, represents a wide range of majors and career interests. Students should prepare for a conference by bringing all available materials: any data being used, a rough plan or formal outline, a few sketched-out paragraphs, a complete paper, or even just the assignment itself. Writing assistants can help you at any stage of the writing process! Although assistants will not edit a paper, they can help writers recognize errors and make the necessary changes.