The CUSP Independent Research and Creative Project provides partial financial support for Scholars who wish to conduct their own independent research or creative project under the guidance of a professor or creative professional.
The independent project affords scholars the opportunity to engage with the methodological framework of independent academic research and/or the creative process. A branch of the summer enhancement fellowship, the independent program differs from the practicum in that it aims to familiarize students with the skill set specific to formal academic writing and researching, which include preparing a research statement, developing an appropriate research question, working with an academic mentor, and utilizing academic resources like archives. The fellowship thus serves as an invaluable foundation for students who might be interested in writing an undergraduate thesis, pursuing a graduate degree or producing a portfolio.
Below is a timeline of the key events and requirements.
Independent Projects Workshop #1
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
401 Lerner Hall
What does a proposal entail? What is the difference between an independent research project and a creative project? Graduate Student Mentors will introduce the components of the research proposal beginning with the title and ending with the budget. This workshop will address how to formulate appropriate problem statements, research questions, bibliography, finding a mentor, etc. GSM's will introduce students to resources on campus such as the writing center, Columbia library info services, etc.
The workshop will cover the following items:
What is expected of students who receive the grant
Overview of deadlines, requirements, budget guidelines, codes of behavior
Identifying and developing a research question or topic
Writing the research proposal and thesis
Finding a mentor
DEADLINE Wednedsay, January 25, 2017:DRAFT PROPOSAL DUE
- The proposal should explain a plan or suggestion for the CUSP Independent Project Summer Fellowship
- Identify possible faculty adviser
- Prepare a 5 minute "elevator speech" for feedback
- Please send proposals to CUSP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Any draft submitted after January 25th will not be considered.
401 Lerner Hall
APPLICATION DUE: Monday, APRIL 17, 2017.
Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee on the basis of their overall fulfillment of the selection criteria. Incomplete applications and candidates who do not meet the criteria will not be considered. Interviews for selected applicants, and notification of the final decision, will take place in April.
All Scholars receiving the CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship will be expected to update an Edu-blog on a weekly basis during the summer, beginning on the first Friday of their summer fellowship.
Scholars are expected to submit a paper (20-25 pages) by Friday, September 15, 2017.
Scholars should include at least one visual representing the project.
The final blog entry will consist of the abstract.
When Scholars blog their final abstract, they will also email their budget reconciliation and scanned receipts to the graduate student mentor of their edu-blog.
Scholars should also be prepared to present the results of their research at the symposium in October/November.
Criteria for Selection
To be considered for the grant, applicants must: (1) have a GPA of at least 3.0; (2) be in good academic standing with Columbia College and the School of Engineering; (3) be in good standing with CUSP; and (4) have attended at least EIGHT CUSP events in an academic year.
Applications will be evaluated on: (1) the basis of the originality and scholarly promise of the project; (2) the feasibility, clarity, and coherence of the proposal; (3) the ability of the applicant to undertake the research; and (4) the commitment of a faculty sponsor.
Human Subjects Research: Many applicants wish to undertake “human subjects research” in which they interview or survey people. Because of the importance of treating human subjects ethically and ensuring that no harm comes to someone who participates in research, all universities are federally mandated to oversee approval of all human subject research through an Institutional Review Board (IRB). For applicants wishing to undertake such research, the letter from the faculty sponsor must include a statement confirming that the IRB process has been fulfilled. For questions regarding IRB permits, please contact Lisa Hollibaugh in the Office of Academic Affairs.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS PLANNING OVERSEAS OPPORTUNITIES
In accordance with the new Undergraduate International Travel Policy, all students traveling overseas with CUSP SEF funding or through other Columbia led, Columbia facilitated and/or recognized program must submit a school sponsorship application 4-weeks prior to departure. We recommend that you complete this application during the time you apply for the CUSP SEF funding.
Once you have received confirmation of your school sponsorship, log in to the Undergraduate Travel Web App to complete:
- Online Pre-Departure Orientation
- Sign the Assumption of Risk, Waiver, and Release form
Additionally, all students must:
- Register their travel (including side trips) through International SOS.
- Confirm that, while abroad, you will be covered by a health insurance policy that also provides coverage outside the United States for routine, urgent and emergency care.
Students applying to CUSP SEF for funding with overseas opportunities who plan to travel in June must apply for school sponsorship by May 15th. Submitting a school sponsorship application does not guarantee that you will receive funding. Similarly, receiving CUSP SEF funding does not guarantee approval of your school sponsorship application. Please note that students who submit a school sponsorship application and do not receive a CUSP SEF funding award must withdraw their school sponsorship application.