OSRC Research Scholarship Programs

OSRC Research Scholarship Programs

APPLY NOW: 2019/20 Research/Creativity Assistant Scholarship!

Meet the 2018/19 Scholarship Recipients:
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Funding Opportunity 1: Undergraduate Research/Creativity Assistant Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 per year 
Duration: 1 year
Number of scholarships available: 10

Application description:
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The Office for Student Research and Creativity (OSRC) at John Jay College is offering ten annual scholarships to undergraduate students in the amount of $1,000 each, affording them the opportunity to conduct research or engage in creative works with a John Jay College professor for an average of five to ten hours a week over the course of one year. Award of the Undergraduate Research/Creativity Assistant Scholarship is based on review by the OSRC Advisory Board. Research/Creativity Scholarships may be taken as a stipend covering the fall, and following spring terms; or awards may be used to fund supplies and costs of the research by the student. At least five of the ten scholarships awarded will be given to students typically underrepresented in research activities in their academic fields.

Students ready to apply can access the application HERE. Those interested in this opportunity but in need of assistance are strongly advised to contact OSRC in a timely manner to discuss the application process, seek help in identifying a faculty mentor, or for any other clarification. Applications are due April 1 with notification by early June. Incomplete or late applications cannot be accepted. Please submit all applications to Bettina Muenster, Office for Student Research & Creativity (OSRC), Room 204.01HH; osrc@jjay.cuny.edu; (212) 887-6237.

Scholarship recipients may apply for funding for a second year of research with the same faculty/project dependent on the submission and evaluation of a first-year progress report and subject to funding priorities (more details below).

Eligibility and application requirements:

  • Scholarship applicants may come from any major, but may not be supported by any other research program at John Jay (MSRG, PRISM, McNair, etc.) for the same research project.
  • Students must be enrolled at JJC for the duration of the scholarship.
  • Students must identify a committed faculty mentor/recommender upon applying to the scholarship. In case students need assistance in finding an appropriate faculty mentor, they should make an appointment with the Assistant Director of OSRC no later than three weeks prior to the application deadline.
  • The letter of recommendation must be from the JJC faculty member serving as mentor.
  • Once the scholarship is awarded, both the student and mentor will be required to sign a letter of commitment to working on the indicated project.
     

Not required:

  • Minimum GPA;
  • Research experience;
  • IRB review process.
     

Applications will be rated based on the following criteria:

  1. Students must:         
    • complete an application form (see rubric below for evaluation details);
    • submit an essay of 750-1000 words:
      • detailing their research/creative interests and demonstrating an understanding of the project idea;
      • explaining what they hope to gain from the experience, both academically and professionally; elaborating on the potential outcomes and impact of their work.
  2. Faculty mentors must: 
    • submit a letter of recommendation in which they:
      • explain in detail how they will guide the student through a comprehensive research/creative project that may include both quantitative and qualitative analysis;
      • describe the anticipated benefits of the student-mentor relationship;
      • provide the title, research question, methodology, and rationale of the project;
      • state the approximate amount of weekly hours (minimum (5) hrs.; maximum (10) hrs.) they will require the mentee to work on the project.

 

Once accepted:

  • Students are required to work with their faculty mentors for an average of five to ten hours a week (exact hours to be determined by mentor) over the coming year.
  • Research must be presented at the annual Research & Creativity week at the end of the spring semester, coinciding with the end of the scholarship.
  • Students must submit a brief written report or similar writing, summarizing research findings, anticipated impact, and next steps (completion of project by end of scholarship year is NOT required).
  • Products other than a brief written report are acceptable subject to OSRC Assistant Director approval. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to work toward co-publication of the research in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Students are required to attend at least (4) cohort meetings throughout the year.
  • In addition, students must attend several professional development workshops, seminars, lectures, or similar events relevant to the successful conduct of research (events TBA; students must attend at least 75% of events).
     

Students applying for the 2nd year scholarship:
Students applying for the second-year of funding will be required to continue their research as well as assume a secondary mentorship role for the incoming first-year cohort of mentees, assisting with various technical and process related mentoring tasks. First and second year cohorts will meet collectively four times during the course. All scholarship recipients will be required to present their work at the College’s annual Research & Creativity Week. 

Rubric for reviewers

Rating rubric Exemplary (2pts) Adequate (1pt) Inadequate (0pts)

Quality of student statement (3 criteria)

  • Spelling, grammar, language, style, and tone are exemplary.
  • Student clearly states interest in and demonstrates well-defined understanding of project idea.
  • Student shows clear appreciation of overall outcome and impact of research, including potential academic and professional gain.
  • Spelling, grammar, language, style, and tone are adequate.
  • Student adequately states interest in and demonstrates understanding of project idea.
  • Student demonstrates adequate understanding of overall outcome and impact of research, alluding to potential academic and professional gain.
  • Spelling, grammar, language, style, and tone are inadequate.
  • Student inadequately states interest in and fails to demonstrate understanding of project idea.
  • Student’s understanding of overall outcome and impact of research are inadequate.

Quality of faculty mentor letter of recommendation (4 criteria)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum total points possible

  • Faculty explains clearly and in detail how the student will be guided through a comprehensive research/creative project.
  • Faculty presents a clearly defined mentoring role.
  • Faculty provides exemplary description of title, research question, methodology, and rationale of the project.
  • Faculty clearly states the approximate  hours per week student will be required to work

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14

  • Faculty adequately explains how the student will be guided through a research/creative project.
  • Faculty adequately explains mentoring role.
  • Faculty adequately lists title, research question, methodology, and rationale of the project.
  • Faculty mentions the approximate  hours per week student will be required to work but is ambiguous. 

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7

  • Faculty’s explanation of how the student will be guided through a research/creative project is inadequate.
  • Faculty does not define mentoring role.
  • Title, research question, methodology, and rationale of the project are inadequately stated.
  • Faculty neglects to state required hours per week student needs to work.

 

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0

Funding Opportunity 2: Graduate Research/Creativity Assistant Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 per year
Duration: 1 year
Number of scholarships available: 6

Application description:
(to download this information click here)

The Office for Student Research and Creativity (OSRC) at John Jay College is offering six annual scholarships to graduate students in the amount of $1,000 each, affording them the opportunity to conduct research or engage in creative works with a John Jay College professor for an average of five to ten hours a week over the course of one year. Award of the Graduate Research/Creativity Assistant Scholarship is based on review by the OSRC Advisory Board. Research/Creativity Scholarships may be taken as a stipend covering the fall, and following spring terms; or awards may be used to fund supplies and costs of the research by the student. At least three of the six scholarships awarded will be given to students typically underrepresented in research activities in their academic fields.

Students ready to apply can access the application form HERE. Those interested in this opportunity but in need of assistance are strongly advised to contact OSRC in a timely manner to discuss the application process, seek help in identifying a faculty mentor, or for any other clarification. Applications are due April 1 with notification by early June. Incomplete or late applications cannot be accepted. Please submit all applications to Bettina Muenster, Office for Student Research & Creativity (OSRC), Room 204.01HH; osrc@jjay.cuny.edu; (212) 887-6237.

Eligibility and application requirements:

  • Scholarship applicants may come from any major, but may not be supported by any other research program at John Jay (MSRG and other discipline specific research programs, etc.) for the same research project.
  • Students must be enrolled at JJC for the duration of the scholarship.
  • Students must identify a committed faculty mentor/recommender upon applying to the scholarship. In case students need assistance in finding an appropriate faculty mentor, they should make an appointment with the Assistant Director of OSRC no later than three weeks prior to the application deadline.
  • The letter of recommendation must be from the JJC faculty member serving as mentor.
  • Once the scholarship is awarded, both the student and mentor will be required to sign a letter of commitment to working on the indicated project.
     

Not required:

  • Minimum GPA;
  • Research experience;
  • IRB review process.
     

Applications will be rated based on the following criteria:

  1. Students must:         
    • complete an application form (see rubric below for evaluation details);
    • submit an essay of 750-1000 words:
      • detailing their research/creative interests and demonstrating an understanding of the project idea;
      • explaining what they hope to gain from the experience, both academically and professionally; elaborating on the potential outcomes and impact of their work.
  2. Faculty mentors must: 
    • submit a letter of recommendation in which they:
      • explain in detail how they will guide the student through a comprehensive research/creative project that may include both quantitative and qualitative analysis;
      • describe the anticipated benefits of the student-mentor relationship;
      • provide the title, research question, methodology, and rationale of the project;
      • state the approximate amount of weekly hours (minimum (5) hrs.; maximum (10) hrs.) they will require the mentee to work on the project.

Once accepted:

  • Students are required to work with their faculty mentors for an average of five to ten hours a week (exact hours to be determined by mentor) over the coming year.
  • Research must be presented at the annual Research & Creativity week at the end of the spring semester, coinciding with the end of the scholarship.
  • Students must submit a brief written report or similar writing, summarizing research findings, anticipated impact, and next steps (completion of project by end of scholarship year is NOT required).
  • Products other than a brief written report are acceptable subject to OSRC Assistant Director approval. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to work toward co-publication of the research in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Students are required to attend at least (4) cohort meetings throughout the year.
  • In addition, students must attend several professional development workshops, seminars, lectures, or similar events relevant to the successful conduct of research (events TBA; students must attend at least 75% of events).
     

Rubric for reviewers

Rating rubric Exemplary (2pts) Adequate (1pt) Inadequate (0pts)

Quality of student statement (3 criteria)

  • Spelling, grammar, language, style, and tone are exemplary.
  • Student clearly states interest in and demonstrates well-defined understanding of project idea.
  • Student shows clear appreciation of overall outcome and impact of research, including potential academic and professional gain.
  • Spelling, grammar, language, style, and tone are adequate.
  • Student adequately states interest in and demonstrates understanding of project idea.
  • Student demonstrates adequate understanding of overall outcome and impact of research, alluding to potential academic and professional gain.
  • Spelling, grammar, language, style, and tone are inadequate.
  • Student inadequately states interest in and fails to demonstrate understanding of project idea.
  • Student’s understanding of overall outcome and impact of research are inadequate.

Quality of faculty mentor letter of recommendation (4 criteria)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum total points possible

  • Faculty explains clearly and in detail how the student will be guided through a comprehensive research/creative project.
  • Faculty presents a clearly defined mentoring role.
  • Faculty provides exemplary description of title, research question, methodology, and rationale of the project.
  • Faculty clearly states the approximate  hours per week student will be required to work

_____________

14

  • Faculty adequately explains how the student will be guided through a research/creative project.
  • Faculty adequately explains mentoring role.
  • Faculty adequately lists title, research question, methodology, and rationale of the project.
  • Faculty mentions the approximate  hours per week student will be required to work but is ambiguous. 

_____________

7

  • Faculty’s explanation of how the student will be guided through a research/creative project is inadequate.
  • Faculty does not define mentoring role.
  • Title, research question, methodology, and rationale of the project are inadequately stated.
  • Faculty neglects to state required hours per week student needs to work.

 

_____________

0

Funding Opportunity 3: Undergraduate Research Support Fund

Amount: Up to $500
Use: One-time award to support costs or students not supported via above programs
Number of available awards: Up to 10 (Total: $5,000)

Application Description:
(to downlaod this information click here)

Description:
The Office for Student Research and Creativity (OSRC) at John Jay College provides financial assistance to undergraduate students, or their faculty mentors, to support their research projects. Funds of up to $500 may be requested on a one time basis to cover costs directly associated with student work on a project. Funds must be directly tied to the completion of the student research. Faculty provided research supply money through other John Jay programs (PRISM, McNair, etc.) for the same student and project are not eligible. For faculty working with cohorts of multiple students, OSRC will consider larger requests for research support.

Faculty Research Support Fund applications may be submitted any time during the academic year. Applications will be reviewed once per month with the review cycle tied to the first of the month. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please submit all applications to Bettina Muenster, Office for Student Research & Creativity (OSRC), osrc@jjay.cuny.edu; Room 204.01HH; (212) 887-6237.

Application process:
Both the STUDENT and the FACULTY must submit an application form, including a brief description of the research, an outline of the student involvement in the research project, the number of students affected, a justification for the funds, and any documentation needed to support the request. Funds must be requested before the research is conducted.

Funds may be used for a variety of research related costs, including:

  • Student travel within the five NYC boroughs (i.e., metro cards for student participation at conferences or attendance at research project-related events);
  • Incentives for research with human subjects;
  • Printing (including posters for presentations);
  • General research supplies;
  • Data collection fees;
  • Software programs.

Other requests, not listed above, will be considered and are subject to the approval by the Assistant Director.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Student travel to national conferences or events outside NYC;
  • Poster or other printing for the annual Research & Creativity week.


Please contact
osrc@jjay.cuny.edu with any questions.