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 profession or creative professional.
- Please send proposals to the CUSP Program Coordinator, Leah Marangos: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with their preliminary proposals, students break into small groups to discuss their proposals with the GSM's and their peers.
February 15: Draft Proposal Due; SUBMIT HERE
February 26; 3:00-5:00 p.m.; 401 Lerner Hall: Workshop #2
APPLICATION DUE: APRIL 18, 2016.
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 16, 2016.
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 September.
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 five Speaker Series events.
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.