Program Details and Eligibility

The proposal should be created by the mentoring faculty member, following the instructions below, and then uploaded using the  online application form found on the CURCA website (


Each proposal shall include:

  • A title and abstract for the project
  • A statement describing the proposed research or creative activity

  • A work plan or activity timeline.  A typical project’s duration is 6-8 weeks.  Shorter projects will be given consideration. Maximum duration is 10 weeks.

  • A description of student participation, expected learning outcomes, and ways in which results will be measured

  • A description of how the results of the activity will be disseminated (e.g., presentation by students and faculty at professional conferences, or publication in a journal or conference proceedings, exhibition, Summer Research Symposium (required), Academic Celebration Day, etc.)

  • A description of the efforts that will be made to leverage this work to seek external funds and continue/expand this work (if this is appropriate).

  •  A budget statement indicating the funds requested and how this money will be used. Typically, CURCA is unable to fund research related expenses, but please include them if appropriate.  Alternate sources of funding may be recommended. (Please see stipend information below.)


Stipend information:

  • Students will receive payment in the form of a stipend as a research or project assistant. The student stipend is taxable to the extent described by the IRS but taxes will not be withheld.
  • Stipends are calculated based on working 35 hr./week at an hourly rate of $9.00.

  • The total stipend will be paid to the student in 2-4 installments, depending on the length of the project.

  • The maximum faculty stipend is $1000.

  • A possible budget statement might, for example, request $1000 for the faculty member and $2520 for a student working 35 hr/week for a 8-week project at an hourly rate of $9.00 for a total of $3520. Another proposal might request $500 for the faculty member’s time and $1090 for a student for working 20 hr/week for 6 weeks at an hourly rate of $9.00. 

Dates of significance:



  • NOTIFICATION OF AWARD:  March 28, 2014               

  • SUMMER SCHOLARS PROGRAM DATES: May 27, 2014 - August 2, 2014  


Please Note: 

  • Faculty receiving funds must be returning as a full-time faculty member in Fall 2014.

  • Typical stipend per student = $2520 for 8 weeks; maximum stipend per student = $3150 for 10 weeks. Students must be returning full or part-time students in good academic standing for Fall 2014.

  • Students must work 35 hr/week to live in campus housing and are responsible for the cost of housing and board.


Summer Housing Information:

 5 Meal Plan: $25 for Meals, $130 for the Room - Total: $155
10 Meal Plan: $50 for Meals, $130 for the Room - Total: $180


  • The student stipends are taxable to the extent described by the IRS.

  • Students will be required to participate in the Summer Research Symposium and to complete a reflection paper at the end of the summer research experience. Further, they will be expected to attend CURCA seminars and orientation.  A calendar of activities will be posted on the CURCA website prior to the start of the summer session. (Anticipated seminars include: Creating the Research Poster; Presentation Skills Workshop; Intellectual Property; The Ethics of Research; Understanding the IRB Process; Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; etc.)

  • The faculty member must submit by September 12, 2014 a report on what was accomplished with the funds. The College is understandably interested in the impact these funded activities have on our students. Additionally, we compile information on the students and faculty who have been, and will be, involved. In the final report, it is worth noting how involvement in the Summer Scholars Program may have affected their career / education plans.

  • Applications from faculty who received support during Summer Session 2013 will be considered but may have lower priority.

  • The three Academic Deans, the VPAA, and the Director of CURCA will make final selection of funded applications.

  • Alfredo Medina, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Government and Foundation Relations), is available for consultation regarding external funding possibilities.


AmeriCorps Education Awards






The Office of Academic Community Engagement can provide an additional $1175 AmeriCorps Segal Education Awards for qualified Summer Scholars.  If your Summer Scholar's project is connected to a community need and involves a partnership with a non-profit entity, your students may qualify.  AmeriCorps Education awards are a unique tool available to us through our partnership with the Bonner Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  These awards offer us an opportunity to realize the potential for blending rigorous academic work and community engagement and thereby exemplify the Franciscan Tradition and Mission of the College.  Awards also allow us to offer Siena Students in need of economic assistance in what may be difficult economic times for some.

Students who complete 300 hours of qualified engagement will be eligible for a $1175 Segal Education Award from CNCS.  AmeriCorps Segal Education Awards may be used to pay qualified student loans or post-graduate higher education tuition.  Many graduate and professional schools will match these awards in aid at the time of enrollment.  If you believe that the Summer Scholar Project you have in mind may qualify, or you would like more information about the AmeriCorps Education Awards, please contact the Office of Academic Community Engagement by emailing Assistant Director Dr. Ruth Kassel at or Coordinator April Risley at