The URC is pleased to provide financial support in the form of grants and fellowships for SUNY Cortland undergraduate students to promote research and creative projects and for travel to present at conferences. Currently, the URC oversees three funding programs:
The Undergraduate Research Council anticipates offering a limited number of Summer Research Fellowships in 2020. These prestigious fellowships will provide a stipend to permit students to conduct primary research or creative activities with faculty mentors. Proposals from all academic disciplines will be welcome.
The fellowships provide an opportunity for undergraduate students and their faculty mentors to engage in eight weeks of full-time scholarly activity during the summer of 2020. Each fellowship consists of a $4,000 student award and a $1,000 faculty award. In addition, the Residence Life and Housing Office
The deadline for this program is Friday, March 13, 2020
1. Faculty mentors may receive funding for only one fellowship.
5 Fellowship must be completed by Aug. 25, 2020.
1. Mandatory attendance at an awardee reception meeting in late April or early
2. Required presentation on the results of their research at the 2021 SUNY Cortland's Transformations student conference.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Research Council. The evaluation criteria will include:
SUNY Cortland’s Undergraduate Research Council (URC) announces a new program of grants supporting research efforts throughout the year by students and their faculty mentors. In this program, titled Student Progress in Undergraduate Research (SPUR) grants, students and their mentors will apply for access to funds to facilitate their research projects. SPUR grant projects are expected to require one full semester or more of work. In many cases, students will be enrolled in independent study or independent research courses during the project, although this is not required. The SPUR grants provide funds to help defray the cost of supplies, small equipment, and research-related travel required for the successful completion of the project.
The SPUR grants program is aimed to support original research projects in all departments and academic disciplines at the College. Each field of study may have somewhat different definitions of research but for this program we recognize undergraduate research as involving an investigation conducted by an undergraduate that builds off of existing knowledge and makes an original intellectual contribution to the discipline.
A SPUR grant, if awarded, will provide the student and faculty mentor with access of up to $400, reimbursable through receipts for eligible expenses. The SPUR grants are not intended (i) to provide salary or stipends for students, faculty, or other persons; or (ii) to support travel to attend or give presentations at professional conferences or meetings. Students wishing to give presentations at conferences may apply for funds through the URC program titled Student Research Travel Grants. SPUR grants are not intended to support projects that are a part of standard coursework, nor to support all of the students enrolled in any particular course. However, collaborative projects with multiple students may be eligible for support with one grant per project.
The Undergraduate Research Council’s Student Research Travel Grant Program is designed to assist with reimbursing travel costs of SUNY Cortland full-time undergraduate students who travel to present the results of their research at regional, national, or international conferences*. Students must have a faculty sponsor/mentor.
Awards are for travel between July 1,
Should the application be successful, the actual award amount may depend on available funds,
The URC encourages faculty sponsors to attend the conference with their presenting student(s). To this end, the URC may be able to offer limited funds towards faculty travel when other funding sources (e.g. faculty grants, school allotment, College Research Committee grants, UUP/IDA grants, and Faculty Development Center Small Grants Program) are exhausted or insufficient.
Contact Dr. Peter Ducey (Biological Sciences Department) in the Undergraduate Research Council office at ext. 2900 with questions about or for assistance in completing this application.
The 2019-20 deadlines are:
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 (for travel between July 1-Dec. 31, 2019)
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (for travel between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020)
The Undergraduate Research Council in partnership with the Financial Aid Office is pleased to support the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) through which faculty members from across the College may request a Work Study eligible student as a research assistant to advance their research/scholarly activities. Students selected for this opportunity would be paid to assist faculty in their research and can gain valuable research skills and experience. Responsibilities will vary depending on the position. In general, the work may be more task-oriented (e.g., literature searches, grant proposal support, data entry, or routine lab work) than research undertaken through independent study or summer fellowship. Several
This is a pre-matched program—Faculty
Expectations for faculty:
The deadline for the 2090-20 Academic year is April 2020