The Alan D. Mathios Research and Service Grant funds undergraduate Human Ecology students’ research and service activities that further the mission of the College to improve lives by exploring and shaping human connections to natural, social, and built environments.    The Human Ecology Alumni Association awards these grants bi-annually to qualified students in the College of Human Ecology, and funds proposals that extend Alan Mathios’ legacy of visionary leadership and service in one or more of the following ways:

  • Benefiting communities (Cornell, Ithaca, New York City, and others)
  • Exploring innovative and/or creative solutions to problems
  • Rigorously testing relationships between activities and their effects/impact
  • Disseminating knowledge that can improve living conditions, quality of life, and/or health and well-being
  • Promoting diversity and educating against intolerance

The HEAA expects these grants to help further the awardees’ academic interests, research, outreach, career preparation, professional development, and commitment to public service. To that end, the HEAA will also consider proposals for presentations and service projects that involve travel, if funds allow.  Applicants who propose service projects must identify intended outcomes and the methods by which they will be measured.  Priority is given to undergraduate applicants, but depending on fund availability, graduate applications may be considered. Grants are awarded two times a year, in the Fall and Spring semesters

The grant program is competitive in nature.  Students will be advised of the decision to approve or deny their applications by a representative of the HEAA approximately one month after the grant deadline (October 19, 2018 and March 8, 2019).  Grants will be awarded based on the strength of the application as well as an effort to provide awards equally across the various departments within the College of Human Ecology.

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, 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

  1. Submit your application
  2. Completed applications should be submitted electronically via the website above.
  3. The HEAA Grants Committee will review applications and make grant decisions.
  4. The Committee may seek further information from the student prior to making a final decision.
  5. 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 & 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 heaad@cornell.edu.  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 & 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 Affiars & Development Office no later than six weeks after the conclusion of the project/event.  The HEAA may request reimbursement of any funds that are not spent in accordance with the grant application.
  • 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 $600.00.
  • independent research project on burnout in the undergraduate student population
  • study to investigate effective and reliable daylight change formats that drive emotional changes
  • present 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
  • to help fund 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

To apply for an HEAA Grant, please submit your application by the specified deadline. Applications must include a letter of recommendation to be considered. Students are responsible for ensuring letter(s) of recommendation are received by the deadline.

For questions contact HEaad@cornell.edu or 607-255-7802