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CUSP Practicum & Research Assistantship

Summer 2017

The CUSP Practicum & Research Assistantship provides partial financial support for Scholars who wish to participate in an internship or research assistantship over the summer.

The CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship for Practicums & Research Assistantships is a competitive grant that assists Scholars in securing partial financial support for structured research and internship opportunities (including research-related activities such as conferences, symposia, travel, publications, etc.) and unpaid or low-paying summer practicums (in line with the Program’s mission and the student’s academic trajectory). This opportunity is secured solely by the student. 

CUSP Practicum and Research Assistantship Info Session (RESCHEDULED)
Thursday, March 2, 2017
6:00-7:00 p.m.
401 Lerner Hall


Application Instructions: 

Applications will be available via webform in March 2017

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 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

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; and (3) be in good standing with CUSP (4) have attended EIGHT CUSP event in an academic year

Applications will be evaluated on: (1) the feasibility, clarity, and coherence of the proposal; (2) the ability of the applicant to undertake the internship/research assistantship; and (3) faculty recommendation.

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 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.

Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program


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