Binghamton University Scholars Program
$3,500 AwardThe Scholars Award is a one-time award of $3,500 to be used for an approved summer internship, summer research opportunity, or an education abroad program, as described below. Please note the application deadlines are different for each of the programs.
General Eligibility criteria:
1. Full-time student
2. Enrolled in, and in good standing in the Binghamton University Scholars Program.
3. Students on Scholars Academic Probation are not eligible.
3. First enrolled in Binghamton University for the Fall 2017 semester and later.
4. The activity associated with the $3500 Scholars Award must be completed during the time period encompassing the completion of your sophomore year through completion of your undergraduate degree. Those who meet the criteria for the Scholars Award must apply for the award no later than six weeks prior to graduation.
THREE PATHWAYS TO SECURING THE AWARD:
There are three pathways for obtaining the $3,500 Scholars Award as indicated below. Please be sure you fully understand what qualifies you for the award and how the award will be paid before proceeding.
1. Summer Research or Creative Activities
Scholars who wish to use their $3500 award for research or creative inquiry can do so by applying to the Summer Scholars and Artists Program (SSAP) in which students design their own project and conduct research or other creative activity over eight-to-ten weeks in the summer with the support of a faculty mentor. Research and creative activities that are not affiliated with the SSAP are not eligible for the Scholars Award.
Program Description and Restrictions
- Students work closely with (and are mentored by) a Binghamton University faculty member.
- Students participate in Summer Scholars and Artists meetings and programming unless travel related to the experience prohibits them from attending.
- Students and faculty mentors write mid-term and final reflections on their work.
- Students present to each other and the campus community through Research Days and promote research with the Undergraduate Research Center.
2. Education Abroad Opportunities
The Office of International Education and Global Initiatives (IEGI) provides excellent education abroad opportunities for Scholars who wish to use their $3,500 award to participate in an education abroad program. You may choose from more than 60 programs in 30 countries through Binghamton University or from hundreds of program options through other SUNY campuses.
Program Description and Restrictions:
- The program must be administered by Binghamton University or any other SUNY campus.
- International Education and Study Abroad programs at non-SUNY institutions are not eligible for the $3,500 Scholars Award.
- The experience must be a semester-long or summer/winter intersession program.
- The following international activities are excluded from the award:
- An excursion during spring break
- Travel that is a component of a domestic-based course
- Any other international travel not affiliated with a SUNY campus or not earning a minimum of three credit hours.
- The education abroad program must be for a minimum of 3 credits.
3. Summer Internship Experience
Internship experiences can serve various purposes. For students developing their interests, an internship can help increase awareness of the many different kinds of organizations related to "the world of work," build early professional experience and sometimes help students discover what they don't want to do. For others with more defined career interests, an internship can help a student apply knowledge in work settings and gain professional experience needed to be competitive for employment while further developing a professional network.
Program Description and Restrictions:
- Scholars may choose either:
- The CDCI academic internship program offered by Binghamton's Fleishman Career Center
- A departmental internship course offered by the student's academic department at Binghamton University. For information regarding internships coordinated through an academic department, please contact the Undergraduate Director or Department Chair of the sponsoring department.
- Internships not affiliated with the Fleishman Center or a Binghamton academic department are not eligible for the $3,500 Scholars Award
- The internship must take place over the summer.
- The student must earn at least 4-credit hours (from Binghamton University).