About the Summer Scholars and Artists Program
The Binghamton University Undergraduate Research Center offers the Summer Scholars and Artists Fellowship to support undergraduates in special research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer.This prestigious award provides a stipend to permit students to conduct primary research or creative activities with guidance from faculty mentors. The fellowship is intended to support the student's original research or creative project(s), not to support research assistance for a faculty member's research project.
During summer 2013, student scholars and artists produced films, conducted field and bench research, and explored research questions on topics that spanned the world and covered Medieval times to the present. The nature of the summer experience is discipline specific. For example, proposals for theater apprenticeships or individual study for students in music performance are appropriate along with those for other types of creative activities. Proposals from students in all academic disciplines, departments and colleges are welcome.
The fellowship supports undergraduate students in at least eight weeks of full-time scholarly activity. Each fellowship consists of a $3,000 student award and a $1,000 faculty award. Support for the awards is provided by the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.
The deadline for fellowship applications is in early February. Students applying for summer apprenticeships (i.e. summer theater) must submit completed applications for those positions with the SSAP application. Please note that the award will be contingent on being accepted to the apprenticeship.
- Faculty mentors may receive funding to mentor only one student.
- Open to undergraduate students graduating in spring 2016 or later.
- Students can only receive the Summer Scholars and Artists Program fellowship once.
- Students may not receive other funding during the period covered by this award.
- This award is made to allow recipients to devote their full attention to the proposed research, creative project, apprenticeship or individual study during the award period. Part-time employment is discouraged, but may be permitted under special circumstances and only with prior approval by the director of the Undergraduate Research Center. A minimal stipend is allowed for campus housing/food from the apprenticeship, but there should be no other payment.
- Recipients will present a brief preliminary report on the results of their summer 2015 experience immediately following the completion of the award period.
- Recipients will formally present the results of their research during the 2015-16 academic year.
- Recipients will provide guidance to potential future applicants in the academic year following their fellowship.
Proposals will be evaluated based on:
- The intellectual quality and feasibility of the project or the educational potential of the opportunity.
- The student's preparation for the project/opportunity through prior experience or training.
- The merit of the research/creative experience.
- The faculty member's plan for support and mentoring.
Additional information and application instructions are available here.