Can I apply for funding through Honors, and also for another source of funding outside of Honors - in my department, for example.
Yes, we encourage that. You might apply for a Clements Internship Award, or for summer research support within your department. We coordinate with many departments, particularly in the sciences and engineering, on our applicants.
If you receive funding from more than one source, you need to let each one know; it’s not okay to accept funds from both for one project! (This would in fact be an academic integrity violation.)
If I've received funding from Honors, can I apply for a second round?
Sorry, no. We want to make sure that as many quality Thesis projects can receive support as possible, so we restrict funding to one funding round per student.
Do I need to attend a funding workshop?
While it is not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to attend. We give you important tips on how to submit a successful application and there will be plenty of time to answer your questions.
What are my chances of getting funded?
It’s well worth applying. Not everyone gets funded, but a large proportion do. It is not unusual to see upwards of 75% of applicant projects funded.
What makes a strong application?
Come to the workshop for important tips and pointers, but here are two key considerations:
- Your application should be as well-written as you can make it: clear, concise, persuasive. Work with your faculty Thesis Advisor on it.
- Make it clear in some detail what you will do with the funding, and whether you will have access to the people and resources you need. Generalities are not helpful here. Let’s say you want to study some aspect of international banking in Hong Kong. That’s great, but when you step off the airplane, how are you planning to pursue your research? Be sure that you can clearly articulate a strategy.
- Please also take a look at examples of past applications. These can give you a good idea as to the quality, level of detail, and clarity, we are looking for.
Who reviews the applications?
The Honors Awards Committee reviews them, and makes recommendations to the Honors Director, who makes the final decision. The Awards Committee consists of Honors Core Faculty members from a number of SU colleges, representing a variety of disciplines. Sciences/Engineering and professional schools are well represented, as is A&S.
When will I be notified that I've won an award?
It takes Honors about one week to process the applications (sometimes we have follow up questions for applicants). Then it takes the Awards Committee about 2-3 weeks to review them and make recommendations. You should hear within four weeks.
Can I apply for funding to attend a conference?
In some circumstances, yes. You have to be presenting (or giving a poster) at the conference, not just attending, to seek support. Funding will only support presentations and posters at full-fledged, academic research conferences – the ones at which your faculty typically present. We do not fund presentations at undergraduate conferences.
What if I'm unsure of whether to include a budget item in my application?
Include it – if you think it’s a reasonable request. The Awards Committee sometimes gives partial funding, so they may not fund that particular item, but still recommend you for funding for the rest of your project. They won’t necessarily reject your entire application if they don’t think that one specific part is worthy of funding. Seek advice from your advisor, and also from your Honors Thesis Coordinator.
Can I be reimbursed for food and lodging for summer research?
Yes. The budget worksheet in the application specifies how much we will reimburse you for food, rent, and utilities in Syracuse. For other locations, you need to give us your best estimate. Keep it modest, please! For foreign travel, try to find student hostels or other inexpensive lodgings.
What if my Thesis project changes? Can I change my budget?
If your Thesis faculty advisor approves of the change, you can make small adjustments in your budget. Please have a conversation with Maggie Byrne about it so there are no surprises. If you make fundamental changes in your project, or what you plan to do with your funding, you’ll need to have that cleared by your Honors Thesis Coordinator and your faculty advisor.
Can I be reimbursed for mileage if I use my car for a significant research trip for my Capstone?
Yes. The University does not simply reimburse you for gas, it reimburses you according to the miles you travel, so record on the budget sheet your travel dates, your destinations, and your mileage. Of course, you’ll need to remember to record your odometer before you begin and when you return. The current mileage reimbursement rate is $0.535/mile. You can also submit tolls, if you’ve kept a receipt.
Can I apply retroactively for expenses incurred previously?
Yes you can, but you need to submit a full application with a convincing rationale for why the activity was crucial to your project.
Are there things I should not request funding for?
Funding cannot be used for tuition for study abroad or internships. They cannot be used for program fees. For example, let’s say your Thesis examines whether there are eco-tourism programs that do an admirable job of building a durable infrastructure for indigenous peoples and how those programs are financed. Honors would not fund you to just attend a summer eco-tourism program in, say, Costa Rica, no matter how interesting it would be. We might, however, fund you to remain in Costa Rica for a few weeks after such a program to do research specifically about your topic as exemplified by some local Costa Rican eco-tourism programs. You could apply for food and lodging and reasonable expenses during that period. This approach has led to very successful Thesis projects.
We discuss these and related issues at the Funding Workshop, held one month prior to the application deadline.