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CUSP Independent Research and Creative Projects Grant


***CUSP does not vet the safety or security of the setting in which the students intend to pursue their projects.  It is the individual students’ responsibility to take the appropriate precautions about the settings in which they intend to pursue their project.  The nature of this fellowship is solely for financial support.***

This CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship is a competitive grant that secures partial financial support for Scholars who wish to conduct either independent research with a faculty member undertake a creative project of their choosing. This opportunity is secured solely by the student.

Grant amounts will vary in accordance with the needs of the proposal and the funds available.  Applications may be downloaded from this page.

Application Instructions: Please find the application at the bottom of this page. Completed applications for Summer 2015 awards must be submitted to Lavinia Lorch at Please complete applications by editing the Word Doc. with your information, save and send as an email attachment with the title: “Lastname_Firstname_CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship Applications 2015.”

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 18, 2015

  • 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

 All CUSP Fellows are required to attend 2 mandatory workshops:

Workshops: “Preparing for the CUSP Fellowship”

Attendance at two workshops is mandatory to be considered as a Summer Fellow. These workshops are designed to prepare applicants for what is expected of them by CUSP over the summer and upon their return to Columbia.   

      I.            The Fellowship Application - Spring 2015: 

The first workshop will cover the following skills:  

  • Budget preparation and reconciliation

  • Self-assessment and reporting techniques/edu-blog postings

  • Abstract writing 

This workshop is being offered at three (3) separate times to best accommodate your schedule. Your attendance at one (1) of the three workshop slots is mandatory to be considered for the Fellowship: 

Workshop 1:   Monday, March 23, 2015 (12-1 pm), 309 Hamilton     
Workshop 2:   Thursday, March 26, 2015 (6-7pm), Lerner 401         
Workshop 3:   Thursday, March 26, 2015 (7-8pm), Lerner 401         

   II.            Cultural and Workplace Boundaries & Guidelines for Scholars with Summer Grants

This workshop will address a range of issues and situations that students might encounter in an office setting, in a foreign country, in the field.

This workshop to be held on April 21, 2015; 6-8 PM (203 Mathematics).

If you have a class scheduling conflict with the time and day of these required meetings,

please contact Lavinia Lorch at 


Applying for the CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship – Independent Research- creative projects:  The preparation for a summer of productive research or creative work is an exciting process and should be a thorough one.  The application process for the CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship – Independent Research- Creative Projects is therefore a full-year process that is divided into two semesters.  During the fall, the process covers skill building (three seminars on how to write a research proposal) as well as training in the specific process of gaining approval for human subject research if warranted.  Once selected early in the spring semester, Fellows will attend three seminars to prepare them for their fieldwork.

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 the three required Seminars in the fall semester.

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).  Any applicants wishing to undertake such research will be required to contact Dean Hazel May in the Office of Academic Affairs ( 


 CUSP SUMMER ENHANCEMENT FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION 2015 FINAL- Independent Research creative project _0.doc

AGREEMENT AWARD SUMMER 2015 FINAL approved.doc  (**IMPT: only fill this out after you have been accepted and approved for a grant!)





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