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  Verrazano Grant Opportunities

Verrazano students are strongly encouraged to engage in academic research as part of their undergraduate experience.  Students can develop critical thinking skills, oral and written communication skills, experience working on a team, and in-depth knowledge of a subject.  Through participation in undergraduate research, students benefit from the guidance and mentorship of faculty members and often become more competitive for internships, fellowships, and graduate school.  Students can participate in independent or group research with professors from all academic departments on campus.  Opportunities vary by discipline, so students are advised to speak with faculty members in their area of study to learn more about how to get involved.

To help support and encourage student involvement in research, each year a limited number of Verrazano Research Study Grants and Conference Travel Grants are available to students through an application process.  Please read below for more details about these Verrazano academic grant opportunities.  For information about study abroad scholarships, please visit the Study Abroad link on the Verrazano page.

To learn more about Verrazano student research and other activities and accomplishments of Verrazano students, please visit The Verrazano Voyager blog

Verrazano Research Study Grant

Each year a limited number of Verrazano Research Study Grants are available to students through an application process.  Verrazano Research Study Grants help support students engaging in research scholarship under the guidance of a CSI faculty advisor and/or will support international internships or internships with a global focus related to a student’s course of study.  Successful applicants will clearly identify how the research or internship supports the pursuit and achievement of their academic and professional goals by fostering engaged global citizenship, in-depth work in one’s major, or integrative cross-disciplinary work.  Students are invited to apply for their sophomore and junior years.  The maximum award (stipend) is $1500.

Applications must be future-oriented; funds will not be awarded for research or internships already completed.  Recipients will be expected to present their research or internship experience at the CSI Undergraduate Conference for Research, Performance, and Scholarship in the spring of the next academic year.  Recipients are also required to contribute at least one blog entry to the Verrazano Voyager.  Applications must be approved by a faculty advisor before being submitted to The Verrazano School (5N-113).  The faculty advisor signature is required on the Application Cover Page, the Proposal Statement, and the Letter of Recommendation.

Deadlines: Complete proposals must be received by October 1st for winter and spring and by March 1st for summer and fall. 

Research Study Grant Application Checklist

[] Application Cover Page, typed and signed by the student and a faculty advisor.  The faculty advisor is a member of the CSI full-time or adjunct faculty who, for the purposes of this application, is supporting the application and writing the letter of recommendation.  In the case of research proposals, the faculty advisor must be the professor under whose guidance the student will be conducting research.

[] Proposal Statement (≈ 750 words) describing the research, the goals of the research, the relevance of the research to the student’s course of study and future goals, and how a Verrazano Research Grant would benefit the student.

[] Letter of Recommendation from the faculty advisor (can be emailed directly by professor)

[] Resume

[] Student Transcript (will be accessed by the Verrazano office)

Verrazano Conference Travel Grant

Each year a limited number of Verrazano Conference Travel Grants are available to students through an application process.  Recipients of Verrazano Conference Travel Grants will use the funds to help defray the costs of attending professional academic conferences to present their research.  Successful applicants will clearly identify how the conference supports the pursuit and achievement of their academic and professional goals.  Students are invited to apply for their junior and senior years.  The maximum award is $1000.  The grant will support international as well as domestic travel.

Conference presentations must take place prior to June 15th of each academic year.  Applications must be future-oriented; funds will not be awarded for conferences already attended.  Verrazano Conference Travel Grant recipients must plan to make the initial funding expenditure, and funding will come in the form of reimbursement of specific expenses incurred.  Travel Grant recipients must submit original receipts, as well as ticket stubs from travel and printed material from the conference, in order to be reimbursed.  Recipients will be expected to present their experience at a Verrazano or college event during their final semester and contribute at least one blog entry to the Verrazano Voyager.  Applications must be approved by the faculty advisor before being submitted to The Verrazano School (5N-113).  Faculty signatures are required on the Application Cover Page, the Proposal Statement, and the Letter of Recommendation.

Deadline: At least 30 days before the conference and no later than April 1st of each academic year.

Conference Travel Grant Application Checklist

[] Application Cover Page, typed and signed by the student and a faculty advisor.  The faculty advisor is the professor under whose guidance the student has participated in research.

[] Proposal Statement (≈ 750 words) describing the conference, the relevance of the conference to the student’s course of study and future goals, and how a Verrazano Conference Travel Grant would benefit the student.

[] Letter of Recommendation from the research faculty advisor (can be emailed directly by professor)

[] Résumé

[] Conference program flyer

[] Copy of acceptance letter from conference confirming participation

[] Completed budget template reflecting anticipated expenses

[] Student transcript (will be accessed by the Verrazano office)