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COLA Student Research Fund
COLA Student Travel Fund
The Ruth M. and Brackett H. Clark Scholarship
COLA Alumni and Friends Endowed Scholarship
Miller Fellowship Recipients

The College of Liberal Arts offers several scholarships and grants to eligible students enrolled in COLA degree programs.

See RIT's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for other scholarships.


Awards & Grants

College of Liberal Arts Student Research Fund

The College of Liberal Arts Student Research Fund supports research by students enrolled in CLA degree programs. Projects may include, but are not limited to, Master’s theses, senior projects, senior theses, or independent studies conducted in any CLA department. Funded projects must have a faculty sponsor who is a member of the faculty in the College of Liberal Arts. If the faculty sponsor is not from the College of Liberal Arts, the student’s department chair must approve the faculty sponsor participation.

Students may use these grants ($500 maximum) to cover the expense of, for example, materials, software, postage, copying, and research travel. Grant money may not be used for tuition, secretarial assistance, entertainment, or for compensating each and every participant in a study. When the project is completed, applicants must submit a copy of the research to the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

How to Apply for a Small Grant for Independent Student Research

First, talk it over with a sponsor

You must discuss your research idea with a faculty member who agrees to serve as sponsor. Working closely with your sponsor, determine:

  • the problem to be explored
  • the objectives of the project
  • the activities to be undertaken
  • a budget

Then, write the proposal

Your proposal should be brief—no more than 1000 words, or four double-spaced pages—yet informatively specific and rigorously organized. The proposal must include five sections: Problem, Objectives, Activities, Budget, and Contact Information. You must also include an approval form signed by your faculty sponsor and your department chair.

  1. Problem:  Describe the problem you wish to explore, or the question to which you seek an answer.
  2. Objectives:  Describe the anticipated outcomes of your project (“To learn …” “To discover…”  “To create …”).  If appropriate, describe the social and/or scholarly benefits of the project.
  3. Procedures:  Describe what you will do to complete the project.  Be sure to aim this description toward generally educated readers who will not be familiar with your professional jargon. At the same time you should thoroughly describe your methods so it is clear how you will be able to answer the problem described in Section 1.  Include a timeline with estimated date of completion.
  4. Budget:  Itemize the costs of completing your project.  All items requested in the budget should be accounted for in your Procedures.  Please remember that grants are limited to $500.
  5. Contact Information:  Please include your e-mail address.

Finally

Every proposal must be signed by the applicant, the faculty sponsor, and the Chair of the sponsor’s department. Submit your application electronically to the Sr. Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Deadlines For Submission of Proposals

There will be two deadlines for submitting applications for awards. For projects submitted on October 15 and to be completed during the academic year (November 15 –June 30) all funds must be expended by June 15 of that year. For projects submitted on March 15 for projects to be completed during the summer or the following academic year August – June) all funds must be expended by the end of the following academic year.

Application Due Date Decision Due Date Project Timing Timeframe for Expending funds Student Report with Detail of Expenditures Due Due Dates for Receipts Submitted to the Dean’s Office
October 15 November 15 November 15 – June 30 of the same academic year Current Fiscal year (11/15- 6/30) September 1 of year award was received June 15 of the year award was received
February 15 March 15 June 30 of the same academic year or June 30 of the following academic year June 30 of the same academic year and/or next fiscal year that begins July 1 September 1 of year following award June 15 of the year following award for expenditures after July 1

Students may apply to the Student Travel Fund to support expenses related to presenting research at academic or professional conferences. Please refer below for the separate guidelines for this fund.

COLA Student Travel Fund

The COLA Liberal Arts Travel fund has two main purposes:

  1. to support student travel to present original papers at conferences, up to a maximum of $500
  2. to encourage study or research abroad, up to a maximum of $750

Application Process – Conference Presentation:

The Student must submit a proposal for travel to present a paper at a professional conference. The proposal must include:

  • The title of the conference, dates, and location
  • A detailed budget; eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, accommodations, and meals. (If students are presenting with other students, shared accommodations will be preferred when possible). Maximum grant amount is $500.
  • Written evidence that the paper was accepted for presentation.
  • The proposal must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the sponsoring faculty or the student’s advisor and the student’s home department chair.

These funds cannot be applied retroactively, so students are encouraged to plan ahead with their faculty sponsor.

Application Process – Study Abroad/International Research

All applications for study abroad support should include:

  • A brief description of the travel, its purpose and its value to the student’s educational or professional enrichment.
  • The duration of the period to be spent abroad.
  • A budget itemizing expenses. Maximum grant amount is $750.
  • Proof of acceptance into a study abroad program or approval of the research project if working with outside sponsors at the time of application. Note the degree of your language preparation, if applicable.
  • The signature of the student’s adviser and department chair.
Application Due Date Decision Due Date Project Timing Timeframe for Expending funds Student Report with Detail of Expenditures Due Due Dates for Receipts Submitted to the Dean’s Office
October 15 November 15 November 15 – June 30 of the same academic year Current Fiscal year (11/15- 6/30) September 1 of year award was received June 15 of the year award was received
February 15 March 15 June 30 of the same academic year or June 30 of the following academic year June 30 of the same academic year and/or next fiscal year that begins July 1 September 1 of year following award June 15 of the year following award for expenditures after July 1

*All applications are to be submitted electronically to Sr. Associate Dean, M. Ann Howard. (mahgsh@rit.edu)

The Ruth M. and Brackett H. Clark Scholarship

The Clark Scholarship supports internships and co-ops for students enrolled in the degree programs of the College of Liberal Arts. It is intended to assist students who wish to accept professionally valuable internships and co-ops that do not include sufficient levels of support. Awards shall be based on academic merit or financial need, at the discretion of the award committee, and though the Scholarship is available to both men and women, preference shall be given to women enrolled in the programs of the College.

The College of Liberal Arts awards Clark Scholarships each spring to Liberal Arts degree program students planning to go on a co-op or internship during the next four quarters (i.e.: summer, fall, winter and spring). Normally the Clark Scholarship will provide partial support for the internship or co-op.

For a copy of the application form click here.

COLA Alumni and Friends Scholarship

The Alumni & Friends Endowed Scholarship supports students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities in the College or RIT, are enrolled full time in a Liberal Arts undergraduate degree program, and are in good academic standing.  Eligible students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 in their degree program.  The Scholarship rewards students who have exercised leadership in improving the life of the RIT community.

The deadline for applications is the first Friday in April.

The Alumni & Friends Endowed Scholarship is administered by a committee appointed by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  Applications must include the following:

  • A letter of support from the Chair of the student's programattesting to his or her good academic standing.
  • Either a letter from a faculty member who can speak to the student's performance in a particular course or a letter from a member of the RIT community who has observed the student's work in a leadership capacity.
  • A short essay of 250-500 words.  In this essay the student should describe a specific event or activity in which she or he took a leadership role, explain that role, and discuss the benefit to the College or RIT community.

Examples of leadership include but are not limited to:  serving as an officer in an active club or student organization, organizing an important event, or making a significant contribution to the College or RIT community independently of any particular club or organization.

Students should ask that their letters of support be sent directly to the address below.

Submit completed applications to:

M. Ann Howard
Sr. Associate Dean
RIT College of Liberal Arts
mahgsh@rit.edu

Miller Fellowship Recipients

The Miller Research Fellowship Committee invites project proposals from tenured and tenure-track faculty in the College of Liberal Arts for the Paul and Francena Miller Research Fellowship. Established to assist faculty in the social sciences and humanities in the pursuit of their scholarly and professional projects, the fellowship supports Liberal Arts faculty in their significant contribution to the larger academic and professional discourse of their discipline or disciplines by the publication or public presentation of their own scholarly or professional work.

Past Recipients:

2011-2012 Laura Shackelford
Lauren Hall
Conerly Casey
2010-2011 Michael Ruhling
Doris Borrelli
2009-2010 Jessica Lieberman
Katie Terezakis
Lisa Hermsen
Jesus Aguilar
2008-2009 No record
2007-2008 Evan Selinger
Babak Elahi
Richard Santana
2006-2007 Carl Atkins and Jonathan Kruger
Christine Keiner
2005-2006 John Capps
Amit Ray
Cyril Reade
2004-2005 Penelope Kelse
Deborah Blizzard
2003-2004 Brian Schroeder
Richard Newman
2002-2003 Janet Zandy
Tim Engstrom
2001-2002 Jim Fleming