Young Research Fellows Program

The CFSA-SOURCE Young Research Fellows Program, a program offered by Syracuse University’s Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA) and the Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (SOURCE), supports student discovery, innovation, and success. The program is committed to diversity and inclusion, enhancing the climate of research, and fostering creativity and scholarship for all our undergraduates. Young Research Fellows, guided by a Faculty Mentor, engage in two years of small group mentoring in early research and creative inquiry development and have access to up to $7,000 in funding towards research expenses upon submission of approved budgets. The YRF program expects active participation in group mentoring for two years, followed by engagement with incoming YRF members during the fellow’s final undergraduate years. Fellows can draw on their research funds at any point during their undergraduate career. Faculty Mentors are eligible for a two-time grant of $750 in research funds. The program is open to all students in all disciplines.

Student Eligibility & Expectations:

  • Must be a first-year student to apply
  • Minimum GPA of 3.75
  • Must have endorsement of a faculty member willing to serve as faculty mentor for the two-year program
  • Demonstrated commitment to research/creative inquiry
  • Open to students in all disciplines
  • Required participation in monthly group mentoring meetings during the two years of the program; participation in occasional activities with incoming YRF students in senior year.
  • Meet with faculty mentor at least twice a semester and make progress on research goals as determined with mentor.
  • Submit progress reports each semester.

Faculty Mentor Expectations:

  • Meet with the student at least twice per semester
  • Complete a brief progress report each semester
  • Consult on and approve student budget requests
  • Faculty Mentors will typically be tenured or tenure-track faculty. For faculty with other kinds of appointments, please contact the SOURCE at ugresearch@syr.edu 

Applications for the 2022-24 cohort will open in January 2022. The application deadline (including mentor recommendation) is March 31, 2022.