School Awards and Grant Programs

H&S Educational Grant Initiative

The Educational Grant Initiative (EGI) supports activities and projects that promote student learning and achievement. Generous donations from Ithaca College alumni and friends to the IC Fund for the School of Humanities & Sciences provide the funding for this program.

General Guidelines

What kinds of projects are supported by the H&S Educational Grant Initiative?

  • Course- or department-based activities that enhance teaching and learning or that promote student professional development;
  • Student/faculty collaborations in scholarly, creative, or community projects;
  • Educational events, including guest lectures and presentations by invited scholars, artists, or professionals;
  • Student presentations at academic conferences or arts festivals (via the “easy access fund” for conference participation; see below for more information).

What are the overarching learning goals of the H&S Educational Grant Initiative?

  • The H&S EGI encourages projects that provide students with opportunities:
    -to integrate theory and practice in the development and execution of research, professional, or creative projects that extend beyond the classroom; and/or
    -to enhance their understanding of academic content gained in the classroom/course with direct engagement with the subject of study; and/or
    -to develop their professional skills and/or their understanding of careers and professional requirements.
  • The Review Panel expects applicants to discuss, in the project description, how the proposed project/activity supports one or more of these learning goals; expects students to be able, at the conclusion of a project, to articulate their learning in these areas; and expects grant recipients to report on student learning in their Final Reports. See the detailed instructions on the Application Form for more information.

Who is eligible to apply for an H&S Educational Grant?

  • H&S departments or programs
    -A contact person must be identified for such proposals.
  • H&S faculty members
    -Collaborative projects must involve H&S students.
    -Course-based projects may include non-H&S students in the activities supported.
  • H&S students
    -Students making proposals for individual projects must be H&S majors or exploratory students.
    -Student proposals must have an H&S faculty sponsor who is involved in the project and able to provide intellectual and/or practical mentoring for the student so that the project is integrated with the student’s academic and educational development. Students and their faculty sponsors are equally responsible for providing Final Reports for these projects.

What kinds of expenses can I request through EGI?

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Travel expenses (e.g., car rental, air tickets, hotel costs; meals are generally not covered)
  • Fees for conference registration or museum/event admission
  • Equipment or one-time use materials and supplies
  • Honoraria for guest speakers or artists

Funds cannot be used to pay tuition or to pay student or faculty stipends. Funds are also generally not awarded for faculty travel expenses unless the cost of the faculty member’s travel is inseparable from the student costs (e.g., van rental for all members of a group traveling to a conference). Funding for student meals is not provided unless the meal(s) are included in the cost of registration for conferences and/or meetings.

How much money can I request through the H&S Educational Grant Initiative?

The maximum that can be awarded through the "Easy Access Fund" for conference travel is $400 per student.
For project proposals, the scope of the project should be appropriate for an award of between $400 and $1,000, although smaller amounts can also be requested.
Note that partial amounts are often awarded.

What are the criteria used by the Review Panel to evaluate proposals?

  • The Panel seeks projects/activities that: clearly advance students’ educational and/or professional goals; enhance the academic experience of students; have an “experiential” dimension for students; are new and innovative rather than ongoing; or that reach and/or involve students in a broad range of departments. When funding is limited, preference is given to supporting juniors and seniors for group projects.
  • The Panel is less interested in the technical merits of research proposals since it does not have the technical expertise to assess the scientific content of particular research initiatives. Project descriptions should be in non-technical language, should summarize and contextualize the research questions, and should emphasize the broader educational or professional impact for students rather than the research techniques or outcomes.

How do I apply for an H&S Educational Grant Initiative award?

  • Proposals for students presenting at conferences will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year; applicants should fill out the “Easy Access” Conference application form. We recommend submitting requests at least two weeks before a conference; please allow 5-7 business days for these applications to be processed.
  • For all other projects, there are two cycles every academic year for project proposals, typically in September and February. It is best to try to anticipate funding that you may need for upcoming projects (e.g., course-based field trips, guest speakers, and the like), and to submit proposals in advance during the regular funding cycle even if project plans have not yet been finalized. So, for instance, faculty teaching fall courses may apply during the previous spring for an award to be used the following semester. Awards are not made retroactively (i.e., for projects that have already been completed).
  • Limited funds are also available on a contingency basis for projects that arise outside the bi-annual funding cycle. For information on availability and application procedures for such exceptions, please contact Amanda L. Lippincott, professional development coordinator, 607-274-3102.
  • Applicants can download application forms to be completed electronically. Applicants are advised to read and follow the detailed instructions that accompany the application forms.
  • Completed applications and questions about process should be addressed to Questions about project and applicant eligibility can be addressed to Amanda L. Lippincott, professional development coordinator.

H&S Educational Grant Initiative Review Panel, 2013–14 

Barney Beins (Psychology) - Social Sciences
Kathleen Mulligan (Theatre Arts) - Fine Arts
Elizabeth Hall (Modern Languages and Literatures) - Humanities
Ian Woods - (Biology) - Natural Sciences/Math/Computer Science
Stacia Zabusky (H&S Associate Dean) - ex officio
Amanda L. Lippincott (H&S Professional Development Coordinator) - ex officio

A complete list of projects that received funding in the most recent cycle is available.

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