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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Grants: SPRING 2018

Southern Connecticut State University is pleased to announce that grants for the Spring 2018 semesters are available to support independent undergraduate research. This initiative, Undergraduate Research Grants, is funded by the SCSU Foundation. Grants of $3,000 each will be awarded to undergraduate students to complete research in any academic discipline represented on the SCSU campus. Each student awardee will be guided by a faculty mentor. Faculty mentors will receive one credit of load credit for their guidance of the proposed student research. 

The student may accept the full $3,000 as a stipend, or, if needed, a portion of the money can be used for expenses related to the project.

The purpose of these grants is to promote high quality research and creative activity at the undergraduate level by having students work closely with a faculty mentor during one of these academic sessions.


Spring 2018 Call for Proposals and Application


Members of the Research and Scholarship Advisory Committee (RSAC) review proposals and recommend awardees to the Provost. The Provost announces the award recipients. Any questions should be addressed to Dr. Michele Thompson at

"Conversations in the Disciplines" Funding Proposals

We are pleased to continue this program focusing on advancing undergraduate student research/creative activity during the 2016-2017 academic year. The "Undergraduate Student Conversations in the Disciplines" program will fund up to two $500 proposals as described below

Deadline for submission: December 2, 2016


The Office of the Provost will provide financial support for meetings that host discussion and interaction with undergraduate students related to research/creative activity. Undergraduate students and their faculty mentors/advisors who share interests can come together for focused conversations about a common topic. Programs must involve SCSU undergraduate students but may be within a single department, across departments within SCSU, or may involve collaboration within a like discipline across the CONNSCU System. The "Undergraduate Student Conversations in the Disciplines" program will provide support to hold events that encourage discussion about undergraduate student research/creative activity such as:

  • Developing a forum to present ongoing undergraduate student-initiated research/creative activity projects at SCSU
  • Discussion of undergraduate student involvement in faculty research/creative activity
  • Generating ideas for new undergraduate-student research projects
  • Discussing sources of external funding for undergraduate student research/creative activity within or across disciplines
  • Developing partnerships (both within SCSU and outside of SCSU) that provide opportunities to engage SCSU undergraduate students in high quality research projects
  • Proposals may be submitted by undergraduate students or faculty and undergraduate student teams. Meetings should be held on campus or at nearby locations available at little or no cost. Applications that facilitate the discussion of topics that could lead to collaborative research, publications, presentations, or that might lead to the development of projects seeking extramural funding, are especially encouraged.

Small grants of up to $500 are available to defray the cost of the meetings. Funds should be used for light refreshments, materials, etc. Funds may not be used to pay faculty. Monies must be used within the fiscal year of the project and must therefore be expended before June 30, 2017.

Reporting: A report addressing the results of the conversations will be due to the Provost and the Academic Dean by no later than Friday, June 30, 2017.

Proposal Submission:

Proposals must include:

1) The topic or issue of the meeting/discussions, and a description of the intended audience. Submissions should include a rationale for the discussion in the current context of the academic area(s) or department(s), and should address how the meetings will facilitate undergraduate student research/creative activity. Limited to 500 words.

2) A budget request for up to $500 with brief justification of expenses

3) Proposed date and location of the meeting(s)

Proposals must be submitted by email to the Office of Faculty Development at by December 2, 2016. Individuals receiving awards will be notified by the week of January 20th. We look forward to your proposals.