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Call for Proposals for the Provost’s Student-Faculty 2020-2021 Undergraduate Research Program

Revised Application Deadline July 30, 2020

This academic-year research grant program, designed for undergraduate students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior year, is for projects that have evolved from mentored course work and research settings and would benefit from further, in-depth development.

The goal of this program is to support faculty-mentored undergraduate research across disciplines or artistic projects.

Projects commence September 1, 2020 and conclude May 1, 2021. For the academic year 2020-2021 students, in consultation with their faculty mentors, are encouraged to develop research and artistic projects that are “hybrid” in approach, designed to support both on-site campus work, and remote and online learning.

Student awardees will receive a stipend of $1,500 to be paid in four installments of $375. Faculty mentors will receive a $500 stipend or supply purchase paid in two installments of $250.

Project proposals are for the academic-year—both the Fall and Spring semesters. Applications for the Fall 2020 semester only will be accepted for seniors graduating in December; such students will receive a stipend of $750 paid in two installments of $375.

All student awardees are expected:

  • to work part-time on their projects;
  • to participate in regular check-ins with their faculty mentor no less than twice a month;
  • to submit a mid-year progress report and mid-year descriptive reflection about the research/artistic experience by mid-December;
  • to submit a final report and final descriptive reflection by mid-May;
  • to submit a research paper, or artistic project, and;
  • to make a public presentation of their projects at a Pace University undergraduate research event during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Please access the application and guidelines (PDF).


Call for Job Postings from Faculty for Federal Work-Study Undergraduate Research Assistantships for 2020-2021

Application Deadline July 30, 2020

For the inaugural year of work-study funded undergraduate research assistantships, the Office of Research is soliciting research-position descriptions from faculty.

Once approved by the Office of Research these jobs will be communicated to students who hold federal work-study awards. Once students apply, individual faculty will review the applications and select an undergraduate research assistant.

Please complete this form to propose your undergraduate research assistantships (DOCX).

Instructions for proposing job positions:

For the academic year, a student may hold either a grant award or the work-study position but not both. The only exception to this policy is a senior graduating in December who may hold both a one- semester grant award and one-semester work-study research assistantship.

Create a position that can be “hybrid” for both on-campus and remote work.

The availability of federal work-study funds for undergraduate research enables Pace:

  • to involve more students in research;
  • to introduce research earlier in a student’s college years since entering freshman will be eligible along with all other full-time undergraduate students;
  • to help ensure greater inclusion and diversity among student researchers;
  • to provide an opportunity for faculty to obtain assistantship support for research and enhance opportunities for student-faculty collaboration on academic projects.

If a student has work-study dollars to earn, this initiative literally seeks to fulfill the intent of “work-study” to offer jobs directly related to research, field-related learning, and artistic/creative inquiry.
Working with average awards of $2,000-2,500, faculty should estimate 5-8 hours per week per student over the course of both semesters. In supervising the student, the faculty member must ensure the hours worked are distributed on a weekly basis to provide a regular paycheck distributed over the academic year September 1-May 15.

According to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, once a student is paid for work, that student cannot “volunteer” to continue that same work. If the student’s work-study funds become exhausted, the faculty member must either conclude the project with that student research assistant, or, obtain an alternative funding source to continue the project with the same research assistant.

If you have questions about the grant awards or work-study positions contact Maria Iacullo-Bird, Ph.D. Assistant Provost for Research miacullobird@pace.edu.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The application for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now open!

Fulbirght U.S. Student Program (PDF) provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. The Fulbright program facilitates cultural exchange, and during their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. Grant benefits include round-trip transportation to the host country, funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, accident & sickness health benefits, and 24/7 support line for urgent and non-urgent situations.

Rising seniors and alumni (both undergraduate and graduate) are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or equivalent before the start of the grant and be citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of application.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Pace students! If you know of one or more students who would be great candidates for the Fulbright, please reach out to Jenny Irwin at jirwin@pace.edu with the student’s name and email address by Friday, July 10, 2020


Faculty and Student Resources

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

The nationally based Council on Undergraduate Research supports and promotes high-quality, mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry.

All faculty, students and staff are eligible to enroll in CUR through the Pace Enhanced Membership!

CUR members can access resources and participate in disciplinary-based communities to enhance teaching and learning. During the COVID-19 crisis CUR has been showcasing virtual best practices and online events and you can explore what CUR has to offer.

If you have questions about CUR contact Maria Iacullo-Bird, Ph.D. Assistant Provost for Research miacullobird@pace.edu.


Pace University Initiatives for Spring and Summer 2020

Student Research Day, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Online

Undergraduate students from throughout Pace University were invited to present their research and artistic projects at the first virtual poster session sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, the Office for Student Success, and the Pforzheimer Honors College.

Student Research Day is designed to offer Honors College seniors, the Office of Student Success Undergraduate Research awardees, and student researchers from throughout the schools and colleges the opportunity to present their work to the Pace community. The virtual format was facilitated by using a four part “quad” chart design for posters. Additionally, quad-chart submissions were featured on the Office of Research website as part of the ongoing recognition of student achievement in research and creative inquiry.


Undergraduate Student-Faculty Summer Research Award--Summer Program 2020

Call for Proposals: Application deadline: May 8; Notification: May 20; Commence: June 1.

This program provides a $1,000 stipend for a student to conduct a faculty-mentored summer research or artistic project; sponsoring faculty receive a $300 stipend or supply purchase. This opportunity, designed for undergraduate students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior year, is for projects that have developed in class settings but would benefit from in-depth development over the summer months. The goal of this program is to support faculty-mentored undergraduate research or artistic projects. Projects commence June 1 and conclude August 31. For summer 2020, students in consultation with their faculty mentors are encouraged to develop summer research and artistic projects that prioritize remote work and online learning.

Students are expected (a) to work part-time on their project over the summer months, and (b) to participate in regular check-ins with their faculty mentor no less than twice a month. At the end of the summer session students will be required (c) to complete a written research paper or other substantive report describing their project. Students also are required to (d) submit a two-page descriptive reflection about their summer research experience, and (e) to make a public presentation of their research at a Pace undergraduate research presentation during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Contact Maria Iacullo-Bird, Ph.D. Assistant Provost for Research at miacullobird@pace.edu for additional information.