Complete the application in its entirety, including:
- An opening statement that clearly identifies the project and shows relevance to academic studies
- Well-stated, realistic goals and timeline, with a suitable plan and appropriate methods for accomplishing goals and projected outcomes
- Description of project/event, including a detailed description of the relevance and impact of the proposed work on
- the Cornell community
- your own educational or professional development
- the field of study
- society at large
- Total cost of the project/event, including an itemized list of all expenses and any additional financial support you expect to receive
- Amount requested from Human Ecology Alumni Association Student Grants Fund
- Statement of support in a letter of recommendation for your project from a faculty member, advisor or research mentor who is familiar with the project/event for which you are requesting funds, and can speak to your character, work/study competencies
Only fully completed applications submitted by the deadline (November 1st and March 1st of every year) including a letter of recommendation will be considered. Students are responsible for ensuring letter(s) of recommendation are received by the date due.
- Submit your application
- Completed applications should be submitted electronically via the website above.
- The HEAA Grants Committee will review applications and make grant decisions.
- The Committee may seek further information from the student prior to making a final decision.
- Any student who receives HEAA grant funding is required to submit a short formal report and receipts documenting expenses to the Human Ecology Alumni Affairs and Development Office no later than six weeks after the conclusion of the project/event. Information for submission of the required report will be provided to students who receive grant funding.
- Grant monies will not be awarded for lodging, meals or personal expenses.
- Previous recipients of an HEAA grant will not be eligible to receive additional grants.
- Grant monies are payable to the individual and not payable or transferrable to Cornell University.
- Awarded funds will not be released until the College has received the student-signed agreement provided with the notification message.
- If a grant is awarded but the project/event is postponed, changed in any way or does not take place for any reason, students must notify the Human Ecology Alumni Affairs Office immediately and in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Funding may be retracted for changes to or postponement of projects.
- Funds disbursed for projects that are cancelled must be returned to the HEAA via the Human Ecology Alumni Affairs and Development Office.
- Funds must be spent in the manner outlined in the grant application and receipts supporting expenditures must be submitted to the Human Ecology Alumni Affairs and Development Office no later than six weeks after the conclusion of the project/event.
- Foreign nationals that receive an award will be subject to 30% tax and will receive a 1042s form reporting this as “other” income. Learn more
- U.S. citizens or resident aliens do not have tax withheld at the time the award is processed; however, the award is considered reportable and taxable income. Note: no tax reporting document will be generated for awards under $600.
- Independent research project on burnout in the undergraduate student population
- Study to investigate effective and reliable daylight change formats that drive emotional changes
- Presentation of research findings on "Perspectives of Future Health in Self and Others: The Moderating Role of Culture" at the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium in University of Pennsylvania
- An anthropometric study of the hands of medical professionals to use as a baseline to examine the fit of surgical gloves
- A not-for-profit book project about a present-day student's approach to tackling the overwhelming complex healthcare industry
- To fund participants for a research project to examine how contextual framing influences age differences in risky decision making, as displayed in the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART)
- Developing undergarments to suit the needs and desires of transgender, gender non-binary and gender nonconforming individuals
What is the typical award granted?
We award grant $12,000 to $14,000 per year and individual grant awards range of from $200 to $2,000 per recipient depending on need and strength of application
What kinds of projects can be funded by this grant?
Individual research projects and service trips/projects can be funded by this grant.
What advice do you have for a good application?
- Make sure to clearly describe the expected outcomes of your project.
- Proofread your application thoroughly and make sure that it is well-written, clear, and concise.
- Include a detailed summary of your intended project.
- Include letters of recommendation that are closely aligned with your proposal and research interests.
- If your project is associated with a service trip, make sure to identify the expected outcomes of the trip: What will you learn? What will you give back? How will your project benefit others?
- Focus on the core mission of your project, and emphasize how your contribution will make an impact on the field of interest.
What if I’m doing research with a professor?
Research projects done with a professor can only be funded if there is no existing funding stream for the project. All projects require a letter of recommendation from a faculty supervisor familiar with your work.
Can this be used for my honors thesis?
Are there resources available to help me fill out the grant application?
For any questions about the grant application, please contact Deborah Surine (email@example.com) who coordinates the grant program.
What do students typically request funding for?
- supplies for research/service projects
- participant prizes/incentives
- software or equipment to carry out research
- air fare/transportation costs
- conference fees to present research
What if I am a HumEc Student doing research in another college? Can I still apply?
Yes! The grant is open for all Human Ecology students regardless of the discipline of their research. As long as your work is related to the college’s mission you are eligible to apply.