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Independent Research Grant


The CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship– Independent Research is a competitive grant that allows Scholars the opportunity to collaborate with a member of the faculty on an independent research project. The project provides each student with the opportunity to engage in advanced scholarly work, while developing a collegial relationship with a member of the faculty. By encouraging the exploration of academic questions and social issues through a well-defined and formally presented research project, the CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship– Independent Research fosters intellectual curiosity, the clarification of ideas and beliefs, an enhanced sense of participation in the academic community, and the opportunity to contribute to the community at large. Encouraging interdisciplinary career exploration and building upon Scholars’ developing academic interests, the fellowship is specifically designed to allow Scholars to pursue these critical experiences as early as their first summer.

All Scholars receiving the CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship will be required to blog about their experiences during the summer, present the results of their research at a Fall Symposium and submit a reflection/evaluation to the CUSP Office at the end of the summer.

The preparation for a summer of productive research is an exciting process and should be a thorough one. The application process for the CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship – Independent Research is therefore a full year process that is divided into two semesters. During the fall, the process will cover skill building (three seminars on how to write a research proposal) as well as training in the specific process in gaining approval for human subject research. Once selected early in the spring semester, Fellows will attend three seminars to prepare them for their interactive participation in the Symposium that will take place in early October.


Summer 2015 Application form is forthcoming.

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