Each year, Smith College offers some of its finest incoming first-year students one of the best perks possible: a scholarship that includes a paid research position with a Smith professor—a prestigious job and research opportunity that undergraduates at most liberal arts colleges don’t even hope for.
This scholarship of $20,000 per year for four years is awarded to approximately 50 students per year. In addition to the scholarship, students are also given an annual stipend of $2,400 per year for two years that is linked to research with faculty members. (Students awarded the STRIDE Scholarship prior to 2016 receive $15,000 per year, limited to $7,500 per semester.)
Through Smith’s Student Research in Departments (STRIDE) Program, high-achieving students during their first two years here are teamed up with Smith faculty as paid research assistants. Most colleges offer such research opportunities only to juniors, seniors and graduate students.
Since its inception in 1992, this unique program has been featured in The New York Times and USA Today and has served as a model for similar programs at other colleges.
In 2008–09, Smith College launched the Global STRIDE program. The Global STRIDE program allows students to combine two years of their STRIDE research stipend and apply it to study abroad or to an intensive language program during the summer between their first and second year at Smith.