The Lori Bettison-Varga Endowment Fund

The Lori Bettison-Varga Endowment Fund will focus on supporting senior thesis/senior capstone projects, which includes materials and equipment and costs associated with conference presentations of their work.


The Lori Bettison-Varga Endowment Fund will focus on supporting senior thesis/senior capstone projects, a Scripps tradition and the pinnacle of the College’s academic program.

As seniors, Scripps students are required to conduct original research that is not only the culmination of their work in their majors, but also can make significant contributions to their fields of study. On Scripps’ Capstone Day, held each spring, selected students present their theses and senior projects to peers, mentors, staff, and faculty from across The Claremont Colleges.

The fund honors former Scripps College President Lori Bettison-Varga, whose commitment to undergraduate research has been a hallmark of her leadership. Though it is focused on senior theses, the Lori Bettison-Varga Endowment Fund may be expanded to serve all undergraduate research as future needs arise.


Fall Applications due September 17th, 2019

Spring Applications due February 10th 2020

Application Information

Complete the online application

Proposals must include the following:

  • Project Description
  • Proposed Budget & Budget Justification
  • Letter of support from faculty

Requirements for Summer funding:

  1. Meeting with Fellowship Coordinator: After the selected students have been chosen, they are required to schedule a meeting with Raina Coutin to discuss project guidelines and requirements in detail. If you are studying abroad, you are required to schedule a skype or facetime meeting. Schedule this meeting as soon as possible during the Spring semester.
  2. International & Summer Research: Any student traveling out of the country during their research period will be required to fill out additional paper work/release forms with SAGE. Please be sure to notify the appropriate coordinator for all other summer funding if your research will take place outside of the US.
  3. Report: All students are required to submit a Summer Research Report by email on September 6th, 2019 to
  4. Research Symposium: All students are required to submit a poster and present their research to the Scripps community at the Summer Research Scripps Tea on September 18, 2019. If you will be studying abroad during the fall semester or have a scheduled class during the Scripps Tea, please notify the appropriate fellowship coordinator. You will still be required to submit a poster and research paper. 
  5. Receipts & Reimbursements: All students are responsible for keeping original receipts and submitting them to the appropriate coordinator. NO photocopies or scanned images will be accepted. If you receive an electronic receipt you may print that and submit with receipt packet.

All receipts for SUMMER 2019 FUNDING are due by SEPT. 6, 2019.

  • Mileage Reimbursement Form: If you plan on being reimbursed for mileage/drive time you will be required to submit a mileage reimbursement form. You will also be required to submit a map which indicates the miles traveled and entered on the reimbursement form.
  • Credit Card Procedure: If you require a credit card for purchasing items related to your research please contact the appropriate coordinator or the Associate Dean of Faculty. You will be required to submit specific information related to the purchase and the amount will be deducted from your supply budget.

Advance on Funds: Students are eligible to request an advance on funds. Funds will be available by June 1st. If you are interested in receiving an advance please contact the appropriate coordinator or the Associate Dean of Faculty.  Please note, if you are given an advance you are still responsible for submitting ALL proper receipts and paper work. If you DO NOT submit your receipts by the deadline the money advanced will be considered taxable income.



Institutional Review Board (IRB) Information:

If your project involves work with human participants (ex. surveys, interviews) your project will require IRB approval.  Your faculty mentor must possess the relevant training and be willing to supervise your research methodology.

You must correspond via email or in person with an IRB chair or the IRB administrator prior to applying to receive guidance on IRB requirements.  You may apply for the fellowship prior to receiving official IRB approval, but if granted the fellowship, you will not receive funding until you have received IRB approval.  See  for information on how to apply for IRB approval, including the link to the online application.


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Information:

If your research involves work with animals, you must work closely with a Keck Science professor who has the expertise required for the project and you must receive relevant training and health clearance. All experiments involving vertebrate animals must be approved by the Keck Science Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (   Contact Professor Melissa Coleman ( with questions about animal use.



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