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FAQs

Q: What types of grants and funding are available through the Provost's Office to support student research?

A: Students can apply for Keller Family Venture Grants, Academic Opportunity Grants, Conference Presentation Grants, and the Life of Mind Grant.  Each grant can be used for specific research activities and projects, so please take the time to review each page. Additionally, we can assist you in identifying other funding that may be available through departments and offices on campus. Please reach out with questions or to make an appointment.

Q: What support is there to support students in applying for grants?

A: Students should work with discipline specific faculty who know them to work on methodologies for their project. Staff at the Writing Center are always happy to help students in preparing proposals and grant applications. Students are welcome to make an appointment with Lisa Schwartz as well. Keep an eye out for workshops and courses that may help you as well.  

Q: What is the timeline to apply for a grant? 

A: Typically students apply for a grant (via Summit) and submit their proposal and all needed information no later than Week 1. It is recommended that students apply as early as possible- students can apply for grants intended to be used blocks in advance.  A committee reviews applications and determines funding during Week 3. Students are informed of the decision by the beginning of the next Block. 

Q: Is there funding for all students during the academic year? Or do funds run out?

A: Each grant has a fixed amount of money and funding can run out during the academic year.  It is recommended that students apply as early as possible- students can apply for grants intended to be used blocks in advance.  Grant amounts vary based on the type of grant, specific proposal, and submitted budget.

Q: I am interested in doing research in the summer at CC. How do I find opportunities?

A: Talk to your professors and find out what research projects they are planning for the summer and if they plan to take on students. Start reaching out early-- many professors begin to identify and select their summer research students early in the spring semester. See our 10 Steps to Student Research for additional information. 

Q: How much is summer research funding?

A: For a student participating in a full 10 weeks of summer research with a CC faculty member, they can typically count on a stipend of about $4,000.  Funding is only available for students working directly with a CC faculty member (either on or off campus).  Faculty can apply for a Faculty Student Collaborative Grant to support student(s) researching with them in the summer. 

Q: Is there support for summer researcher housing?

A: Students who receive need-based financial aid and who also receive summer research stipends while working with a CC faculty member are eligible to apply for the Provost's Office Student Researcher Housing Scholarship. The award covers up to 10 weeks of on-campus housing at a double room rate and is need-based. Students who receive the highest level of need-based aid at CC can count on receiving housing scholarships that will totally cover 95% of housing cost. Students with moderate financial need will receive a scholarship that will partially cover the financial aid. The application typically opens after spring break and the link will be posted on this website. Students receiving the housing award must purchase a summer meal plan and cover any additional costs.

Q: Where can I present my work after my summer research?

A: Students present their research in a variety of settings. All CC students receiving some form of college support (stipend, housing award) present at the Student Research Symposium that is held in the fall semester at Family and Friends Weekend. Additionally many students also present at CSURF (Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum) and at their departmental senior research presentation day. Students with strong projects will often present at national conferences and be supported by the Conference Presentation Grant for their conference attendance.

Q: Who do I contact for questions?

A: Lisa Schwartz lisa.schwartz@coloradocollege.edu or 719-389-6685. Feel free to email or call to make an appointment at any point in the application process.