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Student Research Grants



Marist encourages student involvement in research and scholarship as one of the most effective and impactful approaches to learning. Our faculty are dedicated to supporting interactive, applied, and collaborative learning, and they regularly mentor student efforts to pursue research and creative projects. The College has established a support faculty-mentored scholarly and creative projects.


Travel to conferences is provided only when  a student project has been accepted to be presented as part of the conference program. Student names should appear in the conference itinerary as presenters. Travel grants will rarely exceed $800. Whenever possible, requests for travel to the same conference should be bundled and submitted together. The Office of Academic Affairs Student Research Grant can also be used to help support a research project independent of acceptance to a conference. Research grants will not exceed $400.

Shared Responsibility:

Funding from the Office of Academic Affairs Student Research Grant fund is not intended to provide 100% of budgeted expenses for students seeking to present at conferences or begin research projects. Students are encouraged to seek alternate funding, including from individual departments and schools, prior to applying.


Applications are accepted four times per year: September 15, November 15, February 1, and April 1. Grants cover research and travel activities any time of the year. Applications must be submitted at least 10 business days prior to research/travel activities. Applications submitted after completion of travel ill not be considered.

Budget Guidelines:

Student Research Grants are paid through reimbursement directly to the student for actual expenses, as verified by original receipts. Budget requests should be based on actual anticipated expenses, as demonstrated by genuine estimates.

Eligible requests will typically include:

  • Reasonable travel expenses to conferences or approved institutions for the purposes of conducting or presenting faculty-sponsored research. Travel reimbursement will be made according to the Marist Travel and Business Expense Policy.
  • Supplies, materials, or printing expenses in support of the project. All materials remain the property of Marist College.
  • College residential housing costs during the time research is being conducted (summer only) if available.  

Ineligible requests include:

  • Incomplete applications
  • Retroactive requests or requests that do not allow appropriate time for review (10 business days)
  • Reimbursement to an individual (like a faculty member) who covers the students costs upfront
  • Expenses that exceed per diem rates of the US Dept. of State
  • Hotel expenses exceeding 1-2 days for a one-day presentation; expenses for hotels within 100 miles of Marist (some exceptions apply)
  • Other excluded items: food/meals, salary/wages, and equipment other than small/minor


Application Guidelines:

A completed Student Research Grant application includes:

  • Request form to include the name of your Faculty Mentor/Supervisor and School Dean
  • Project description (not to exceed two pages)
  • Proposed budget
  • For travel grants, proof the paper/poster has been accepted

Eligible students must have:

  • Students who are in good academic standing
  • Received no more than one prior Student Research Grant
  • Approval and consent of supervision from a full-time Marist faculty member 


Applications for travel to the same conference, whenever possible, should be bundled and submitted together. Please provide 10 business days for review. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Additional Considerations:

  • The use of human subjects or the generation of hazardous wastes must receive pre-approval from School Dean and the necessary college committees.
  • Undergraduate students who receive a research grant award are required to present the results of their work at Marists Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (CURSCA). This annual celebration is held on the third Wednesday in April.                    

To apply for a Student Research Grant, please read and complete the application form.


If you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dr. James G. Snyder, Dean for Academic Engagement, at