SOURCE Funding Opportunities for Faculty

Research Assistant Grant Program

Application for RAs to work during Winter Break and/or Spring 2021

(RA Grant applications for summer 2021 and academic year 2021-2022 open in February)

Apply by December 15, 2020

Amidst the closures and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, The SOURCE is continuing a new pilot opportunity to support remote student engagement in research activity during the 20-21 academic year and winter break; this is a faculty-led application for undergraduate student research assistants. The SOURCE has allocated a limited set of funds for faculty mentors to hire undergraduate students for remote work that supports the faculty mentor’s ongoing research or new COVID-related research projects.

The goal of this program is to provide a mutual benefit to students and faculty mentors during a challenging time. There also may be research emerging out of the current moment that could be productively accelerated with the assistance of talented undergraduate students.

Priority given to mentors working with lower-division students, and mentors in humanities, social sciences, arts, communications, or professional fields.

The application may be made with a specific student(s) in mind, or SOURCE will advertise the position on Handshake and collect applications for the faculty mentor’s review and selection. Both the student and faculty mentor will need to submit regular reports to SOURCE, including a final report, and student research assistants will participate in some of The SOURCE’s virtual peer mentoring, research skills workshops, presentations, and other activities.

Guidelines and eligibility

  • All work and communication is to be completed in compliance with Syracuse University’s latest COVID guidelines (recommend remotely).
  • Faculty members with appointments that are not tenured or tenure-track may be eligible with approval from the department chair.
  • Faculty mentors may create the timeline that’s suitable to your schedule and workflow (i.e. steady hours all semester or work condensed into a shorter time period).
  • The student pay is $15/hour, up to 100 hours (fewer hours may be proposed) per student for up to two students.
  • Students will be paid via payroll, arranged with mentor and department budget manager.
  • Only undergraduate students are eligible (first year, sophomores, juniors, and seniors); the program is intended for continuing Syracuse University students.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the SOURCE Advisory Council on the following:

  • Students will engage in meaningful work and learn about research methodologies and design in the discipline.
  • There is a clear benefit to the faculty mentor’s research agenda
  • The faculty mentor has a strong plan in place for remote communication and mentoring
  • Priority will be given to faculty mentors willing to work with a lower-division student
  • Priority will be given to faculty mentors in fields with lower participation in undergraduate research or where faculty traditionally receive less or no funding for research assistants (e.g. the humanities, social sciences, arts, communications, or professional fields)

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Dec. 15