Summer Scholars and Artists Program


The Binghamton University Undergraduate Research Center, with support from the Division of Academic Affairs, offers the Summer Scholars and Artists Program to allow undergraduates to engage in special research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer. This program supports the student's original research or creative project through a stipend, enabling recipients to engage in primary research or creative activities with guidance from faculty mentors. Proposals from students in all academic disciplines, departments, and colleges are welcome.


  • Supports undergraduate students in at least eight weeks of full-time scholarly activity
  • Consists of a $3,500 student award and a $1,000 faculty award
  • Provides free on-campus housing for eight weeks


March 1, 2024

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to undergraduates at all levels whose last semester of enrollment at Binghamton will be the fall semester after the summer program or later.
  • Interdisciplinary and collaborative projects between students are encouraged; please consult with us if two students are interested in applying for a joint project.
  • Cannot be used to support research assistance for a faculty member's research project.
  • If project is related to faculty member's project, the student must clearly indicate how their project is different from the faculty member's.
  • A student may only earn Summer Scholars and Artists Program funding once.
  • Summer Scholars and Artists Program is meant to be the sole funding source for the student. Please discuss any other pending awards for the period with us.
  • Applying for support for summer apprenticeships or training programs that foster the students research or creative output is supported; please indicate location of apprenticeship or program (award contingent on acceptance).
  • Must be employed by Binghamton University throughout the award period
  • May receive funding to mentor only one student annually
  • May only sponsor two student applicants annually
  • Department chairs are now eligible to receive stipends


  1. 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 program manager.
  2. Recipients will attend meetings during and immediately following the program.
  3. Recipients must submit a mid-summer report and a brief final report on the results of their summer experience immediately following the completion of the award period.
  4. Recipients will formally present the results of their research at Research Days.
  5. Recipients may be asked to provide guidance to potential future applicants in the academic year following their fellowship.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals are evaluated on
  • Intellectual quality and feasibility/educational potential of the opportunity
  • Student's preparation for the project/opportunity through prior experience or training
  • Merit of the research/creative experience
  • Faculty member's plan for support and mentoring


To apply, submit the following information
  • Contact information
  • Faculty Mentor Contact Information
  • Contact Information for a second reference (academic, work or personal)
  • Project information
    • Title
    • Description (approx. 250 words)
    • Methods or approaches you will use (approx. 250 words)
    • Relevant preliminary work or experiences (approx. 250 words)
    • How this project fits with your goals (approx. 250 words)

Your faculty mentor and your additional reference should submit their references through the form below by March 3, 2024. Contact Beth Polzin,, with questions.

Application form for students

Reference form for mentors and additional recommenders