summer bulldogs

1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs

Our inaugural season of Summer Bulldogs was a success! 1stGenYale surveyed participants, and our analysis shows strong benefits to faculty sponsors and student researchers alike. Among our findings: Of the faculty, 97 percent are interested in offering Summer Bulldogs research opportunities next year, and 100 percent of the students would recommend the program to other eligible students.

Read the full 2021 report here


Given the pandemic, 1stGenYale alumni volunteers have been focusing on promoting job opportunities for our Yale College students, and we are honored to work with Yale faculty, Yale College, and the Office of Career Strategy.

We are proud to report that we have helped place 45 Yale College students on financial aid, most of whom are first-gen, in 2021 summer research opportunities with Yale faculty. Projects include AIDS, biostatistics, communication, cancer, COVID-19, education, environmental or global health, epidemiology, grant writing, information systems, mental health, social & behavioral sciences, safe sports, STEM teaching, and trauma, and the students have been matched with faculty from Yale School of Management and Yale School of Public Health, and professionals from several non-profits!

All students were funded by the Office of Career Strategy Student Experience Award (SEA) or from The Office of Fellowship Programs.

Our goal was to create for these students an opportunity to do research, have a window into a professional school and profession, and add research to their resumes and possible applications to graduate school and future careers. 

To make it be a streamlined process for the faculty, 1stGenYale created a new system in which we directly solicited faculty for summer research projects, marketed these positions to students through an online application on our website Revêlo, recruited 20 alumni volunteers who worked with the faculty to conduct individual interviews, and followed up with confirmation letters.

1stGenYale surveyed participants, and our analysis shows strong benefits to faculty sponsors and student researchers alike. Among our findings: Of the faculty, 97 percent are interested in offering Summer Bulldogs research opportunities next year, and 100 percent of the students would recommend the program to other eligible students.