Summer Scholars and Artists Program

Description

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.

Details

  • 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

Deadline

Early February 

Eligibility Requirements

Students
  • Open to undergraduate students graduating in spring 2021 or later
  • Cannot be used to support research assistance for a faculty member's research project.
  • If project is related to faculty member's project, student must clearly indicate how the project is different from the faculty member's
  • 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
  • If applying for support for summer apprenticeships, indicate location of apprenticeship (award contigent on acceptance to apprenticeship)
Faculty
  • Must be employed by Binghamton University throughout the award period
  • May receive funding to mentor only one student annually
  • Department chairs are ineligible (may allocate funding to colleague)

Expectations

  • 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.
  • Recipients will attend meetings during and immediately following the program.
  • 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.
  • Recipients will formally present the results of their research at Research Days.
  • Recipients may be asked to provide guidance to potential future applicants in the academic year following their fellowship.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals are evaluate 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

Apply

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
    • Methods or approaches you will use
    • Relevant preliminary work or experiences
    • How this project fits with your goals

Once you submit your application, your faculty mentor and your second reference will receive an email from our office with instructions on how to submit their materials.

Additional instructions will post in late November.