Applications are now open for undergraduate students for several Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (SOURCE) grants. Opportunities include Summer Grants (up to $2,800) for summer 2021 and SOURCE Academic Year Grants (up to $5,000) for 2021-2022. Additionally, participants in the Renée Crown University Honors Program are also eligible to apply for Honors program awards to cover the cost of their thesis research and creative projects, as well as pre-thesis research related activities. Honors Program Award applications (up to $5,000) for 2021-2022 share a common app. A required Intent to Apply is due February 18 and complete applications are due by March 4, 2021. Be sure to read the on-line guide to understand the process and eligibility. The Intent to Apply link is here,
SOURCE provides expanded funding opportunities and support for diverse undergraduate engagement in faculty-guided scholarly research and creative inquiry across all disciplines and programs at Syracuse University. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines undergraduate research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”
In keeping with the University’s Academic Strategic Plan, the SOURCE Grant Program supports student discovery, innovation, and success, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion, enhancing the climate of research, creativity and scholarship for all our undergraduates. SOURCE funding supports undergraduate work in basic, translational and applied sciences, the arts, media, technology, social sciences, engineering, liberal arts, humanities, and all professional schools.
Award applicants will be selected on a competitive basis to pursue a mentored experience under the guidance of Syracuse University faculty. The funding supports travel, supplies and materials, summer support, and other research expenses. Criteria for selection include academic, creative or professional strength and significance of the proposed project; level of the student’s skills to complete the project as demonstrated by the academic record and faculty mentor recommendation; feasibility of the proposed project; quality of writing in the narrative proposal.
Prior to applying, interested applicants must contact their potential faculty mentor to discuss the project plans and confirm that the faculty member is willing to provide mentorship for the period in question. A brief letter of support from that mentor is required as part of the application process. Proposals must also include a detailed description of the project, grounded in the academic, creative or professional field, a work plan, indicating the activities that will support the proposed research or creative work, as well as a budget, the timeline of activities, and the plan for dissemination of results.
Undergraduate students funded by this program are expected to:
- Conduct original research or creative work, under the direction of a faculty mentor;
- Commit at least 20 hours per week during the summer months, for a total of 200 hours for summer awards, or commit at least 10 hours per week for a total of 400 hours for academic year awards;
- Participate in one research skills workshop and one diversity and inclusion in research workshop offered by the SOURCE;
- Submit monthly progress reports, verified by faculty mentors, including hours committed and tasks completed;
- Present their work either on- or off-campus;
- Submit a final report.
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