We are very pleased to announce that during the spring 2014 semester we will once again fund Hunter College Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Based on the last two years of this successful program, the initiative will continue to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research alongside Hunter College’s outstanding faculty. For additional information, pleaseor see the Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research Fellowships – Request for Proposals
Why Undergraduate Research Fellowships?
As faculty, you know all too well that classroom teaching is only part of what your students need to succeed. Mentoring outside the classroom – especially mentoring provided as part of a collaboration to examine, create and share new knowledge or creative works – can be critical in helping our undergraduate students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and beyond. You also know that research experiences and one-on-one support and mentoring from outstanding faculty can have a transformative effect on students’ professional and personal lives. It can awaken a passion for research that students did not know they possessed, and it can help students who did not think they could “do” research to recognize that they can not only do it - they can do it well enough to consider pursuing it as a career. In addition, there is strong evidence that undergraduate students who participate in scholarly research and creative activity outside of formal classroom settings are more engaged in their college studies, more likely to graduate, and more successful in applying for, and gaining entrance into, graduate school.
For the spring 2014 semester, we are offering fellowships that require a time commitment from the faculty mentor and student of 6 to 10 hours per week, for 10 to 12 weeks. At the time of application, faculty will be asked to specify the number of hours per week (between 6 and 10 hours) and the number of weeks during the semester (between 10 and 12 weeks) during which the student will participate in the fellowship.
All fellowships should culminate in a final product (e.g., original art, poster, contribution to a manuscript) to be determined by the faculty mentor and student fellow. Students who receive 2014 fellowships are strongly encouraged to present their final projects at the 2015 Hunter College Undergraduate Research Conference. Information about submissions for the conference will be posted in fall 2014 on the conference website.
Student Commitment and Compensation*
- 6-10 hours of research per week (determined at the beginning of the fellowship)
- $10 per hour
- 10-12 weeks (determined at the beginning of the fellowship)
- One-time $750 stipend
* Students will be paid bimonthly for their hourly work, as College Assistants.
** Faculty will be paid as Non-teaching Adjuncts in June 2014.
Please see the “2014 Fellowship Timeline” below for details regarding the stipend enrollment and payment process.
All full-time faculty, including lecturers, are eligible to apply for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Returning applicants: Faculty members whose students received fellowships in previous years are eligible to apply. Faculty members who are re-applying may apply to work with the same student or a new student. Being previously awarded a fellowship does not guarantee a continued fellowship and if funding is limited, priority will be given to faculty and students who have not previously been funded through this initiative. Applications from returning faculty will require justification for the need for additional funding, and, if applicable, explain the need to work with the same student again.
Students must be full-time students (enrolled for 12 or more credits) to be considered for a fellowship.
Faculty should choose students for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship based on the requirements of their research. You may want to consider the following criteria, which have been used by a number of other successful undergraduate research programs:
- GPA of 2.8 or above
- Junior or Senior status
- Declared major in the faculty mentor’s discipline or a closely related area
- Only one fellowship per student will be awarded.
- Students must be undergraduate students who are enrolled and taking courses at Hunter College during the Spring 2014 semester.
- Only full-time students are eligible.
- International students are eligible to participate if they already possess an on-campus work certification and a social security number.
2014 Fellowship Timeline
|September 5th, 2013
||Request for Proposals announced
|October 18th, 2013
||Applications due to the Provost Office
|November 8th, 2013
||Faculty are notified of decision
|November 15th, 2013
||Faculty acceptance letters are due
|November 15th, 2013
||Students are notified and sent hiring paperwork
|December 6th, 2013
||Deadline for students to turn in their hiring paperwork
|December 7th, 2013
||Human Resources processes hiring paperwork*
|January 27th, 2014
||Hunter College Spring 2014 courses begin
|February 3rd – April 25th, 2014
||12 weeks of fellowship
|June 1st – June 30th, 2014
||Faculty receive their stipend
* This is an estimation of processing time and may vary due to the workload in the Office of Human Resources. The sooner hiring paperwork is completely submitted, the more quickly Human Resources can process the information. Students will receive their first paycheck within approximately two pay periods (4 weeks) after the fellowship start date.
Process by which Students receive their Stipends
Students who receive Undergraduate Research Fellowships are hired by the Office of the Provost at Hunter College as College Assistants. They will be required to complete official Hunter College new hire paperwork. What follows is a description of the materials students will be required to bring to Human Resources to be photocopied and the paperwork they will need to submit to Human Resources. If awarded a fellowship, we ask that faculty explain to their students that completing and submitting this paperwork is a requirement of the fellowship and delays in completion of the hiring process will result in delayment of payments.
Student Hiring Requirements*
- Human Resources Hiring packet**
- Notice of Conviction form**
- 1-9 verification documentation for Employment Eligibility Verification (e.g., passport; information on acceptable documents in the Hiring packet)
- Bursar’s receipt (obtained from the Hunter College Bursar’s Office)
*Detailed instructions regarding hiring will be emailed to students
**Will be emailed to students
Submitting a Fellowship Proposal
To submit a proposal for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the Faculty mentor must complete the 2014 Undergraduate Research Fellowships – Request for Proposals, and return it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 18th, 2013. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Office of the Provost (212-772-4150).