Through generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation Endowed Funds, the Dimensions Program, the Berry Career Institute, the Roger Gillette Student-Faculty Research Fund, and the Rebecca Joe Wearin Pulk Student-Faculty Research Fund, Cornell College is pleased to announce 2019 Cornell Summer Research Institute (CSRI). 

The primary objectives of the CSRI are to demonstrate the vitality of summer student-faculty research as a component of experiential learning; expand student-faculty collaborative research projects beyond the sciences and consider ways in which such activities may be embedded into the curriculum; and provide a living-learning community for student participation to encourage formal and informal dialogue between students and faculty from different academic disciplines, and provide a venue for programming. As members of the CSRI, students should be exposed to the diverse goals, research methods and skills to conduct advanced research in their fields of study, prepare research reports of their findings, and present their conclusions to their peers in classes, a departmental seminar for majors, at the annual Cornell College Student Symposium, or at professional meetings. Students are expected to reside in the living-learning community and participate in the program opportunities provided. Collaborative research projects should foster a mentor-apprentice relationship between the faculty member and the student, and expose the student to the processes of scholarly inquiry and discovery that characterize the life of a scholar/teacher. Ideally, the relationship between the student and faculty member will continue following the summer.

General Guidelines:

  1. Any faculty member teaching full time or team of full-time faculty members may apply for summer student research assistant grants in support of on-going research or in support of a student research project designed in collaboration with the faculty member. Both types of projects should be carried out under the direct supervision of the faculty mentors over what would normally be an eight-week period. Faculty members seeking support for a student for less than 8 weeks should be in contact with the Institute Director prior to crafting a proposal.

  2. Faculty members may seek support for more than one student researcher. However, since a primary objective of the Institute is to expand the reach of collaborative student-faculty research projects across the divisions of the college, the additional students requested by a faculty member will be considered only if funds are available after all proposals have been evaluated.

  3. Awards are competitive and based on a proposal submitted by the faculty member. Proposals will be considered by the Divisional Council. Awarded funds are available May 6, 2019. Project funds must be expended in full by July 12, 2019; requests for reimbursements must be received no later than 30 days past that date.

  4. Employment of the student researcher is contingent upon the results of a background check to be conducted by the college and verification of employment eligibility.

  5. Students funded under the CSRI are expected to live in the housing provided and participate in related programming. Students involved in research that requires them to be away from campus for a portion of the 8-week interval are expected to live in CSRI-provided housing when they are working on campus. Limited exceptions to the residential component may be granted, by petition, for research projects that occur off-campus.

  6. Awarded funds must be used for the purposes described in the proposal. If a faculty member wishes to use the funds in any other way, he or she must consult with the Dean in advance to seek approval.

  7. Expectations of Faculty: The Faculty member and the student are responsible for designing and implementing a meaningful research experience. The project should involve a process whereby the student carries out the research with a solid understanding of the research question, the theory and methodology informing the research, the methods, skills and technical knowledge required to complete the research, the methods and rigor in recording of data and research results, and the writing of a final report at the discretion of the faculty collaborator.

    Prior to starting the research, the faculty member and the student should agree on the expectations of the research experience. During the summer, the faculty member and the student assistant should be in frequent contact with one another, at least several times a week. This close collaboration between the faculty member and the student is the foundation for a successful program and a meaningful research experience.

    The faculty member will work with the student to arrange a presentation of the research results to the campus through presentations in classes, a departmental seminar for majors, the annual Student Symposium, or at a professional meeting in the discipline (as a poster or oral presentation on which the faculty member may be co-author).

    The faculty member shall submit a written evaluation of the project, the performance of the student, and the accomplishments of the research by August 31, 2019.  The grantee cannot be considered for additional faculty development funding if this report is not filed.

  8. Expectations of the Student Researcher: The student will be expected to work full-time for eight weeks on the proposed research project under the direction of the faculty mentor. If a student works less than eight weeks, the student compensation will be adjusted accordingly. The student is expected to reside in the living learning community while they are on campus and participate in all related programming. The student should share the final results of the project with the campus through presentations in classes, a departmental seminar for majors, the annual Student Symposium, or at a professional meeting in the discipline (as a poster or oral presentation on which the faculty member may be co-author). The faculty collaborator may further require a written final report.