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.


Early February 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to undergraduate students graduating in spring 2021 or later
  • The award cannot be used to support research assistance for a faculty member's research project. If the student project is related to the faculty member's project, the student must clearly indicate how her/his project is different from the faculty member's
  • Students can 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
  • Students applying for support for summer apprenticeships (i.e. summer theater) must indicate the location of the apprenticeship to which they are applying. The SSAP award is contingent on being accepted to the apprenticeship
  • Must be employed by Binghamton University throughout the duration of the award period
  • Faculty mentors may receive funding to mentor only one student annually
  • Department chairs cannot be compensated for mentoring students participating in the program due to ineligibility for extra service.  Chairs may choose to allocate funding to a colleague or an advanced graduate student who is assisting the student recipient


  • 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 be invited to 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
  • 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.


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.