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 the following funding programs:
The Undergraduate Research Council anticipates offering a limited number of Summer Research Fellowships in 2022. 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 2022. Each fellowship consists of a $4,000 student award and a $1,500 faculty award. In addition, the Residence Life and Housing Office
The deadline to apply for this program is Monday, April 4, 2022
1. Faculty mentors may receive funding for only one fellowship.
5 Fellowship must be completed by Aug. 22, 2022.
1. Attendance at a 30 minute virtual introductory meeting on Monday May 2, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.. Each fellowship recipient will give a brief presentation describing their proposed scholarly activity.
2. Periodic meetings with your cohort of summer research scholars.
3. Required presentation on the results of their research at the 2023 SUNY Cortland's Transformations student conference.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Research Council. The evaluation criteria will include:
The Student Progress in Undergraduate Research program (SPUR) is designed to support students engaged in research with a faculty mentor to apply for up to $200.00 or $400.00 to facilitate their research projects. The SPUR grants provide funds to help defray the cost of supplies, small equipment, and travel related to collecting data collection or gathering other material required for the successful completion of the project.
The SPUR grants program aims to support original research projects in all departments and academic disciplines at the College. While different fields of study may have somewhat different definitions of research, the SPUR grants are available for an investigation where the undergraduate student is either conducting or contributing significant aspects of a rigorous inquiry that builds on existing knowledge and makes an intellectual contribution to the discipline.
The deadlines for this program are:
Fall Semester: Monday, November 8, 2021
Spring Semester: Monday, Feb. 21, 2022
Summer Session: Monday, May 2, 2022
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 October 1,
Should the application be successful, the actual award amount may depend on available funds,
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 Maria Timberlake (Foundations and Social Advocacy Department) in the Undergraduate Research Council office at ext. 5937 with questions about or for assistance in completing this application.
Download Application: (PDF)
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 2022-23 Academic year is April 15, 2022
Please contact Maria Timberlake, Director URC at extension x5937 if you have any questions or need additional information.
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