SOURCE Funding Opportunities for Faculty

Research Assistant Grant Program

Application for RAs to work during Summer 2021

Apply by April 19, 2021

The SOURCE will continue a pilot to provide funding through a faculty-led application for undergraduate student research assistants to work during summer 2021. Funds provide a summer stipend to students for remote or in-person work with faculty mentors that supports the 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 (rising sophomores and juniors), and to 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.

Faculty mentors will choose the number of hours for up to 3 student research assistants, and may schedule these hours anytime during the summer, with no more than 40 hours/week:

  • 200 hours ($2800 student stipend)
  • 100 hours ($1400 student stipend)
  • 50 hours ($700 student stipend)

Guidelines and eligibility

  • All work and communication is to be completed in compliance with Syracuse University’s latest COVID guidelines.
  • 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 summer or work condensed into a shorter time period).
  • Student summer pay is distributed through a summer stipend initiated in the SOURCE office (rather than by departmental payroll).
  • Mentors may choose 200, 100 or 50 hours per student, for up to 3 students.
  • Student eligibility – undergraduate students: rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as May 2021 grads (eligible this summer only). For students that graduate in May 2021, please address in your application the specific skills/experience that the student will bring to the project.

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 lower-division students (rising sophomores or juniors)
  • 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 due April 19th