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Undergraduate Research Grants Open New Opportunities for Students

Ashanti Hunter and Michelle Ho, Seniors in Inclusive Early Childhood and Special Education at the School of Education, are participating in research with the Professor George Theoharis on Pathway to Educational Leadership Positions for Women of Color for Building and School Administrators and District Administrators, respectively.

Zachary Ginkel, a senior biology student in the College of Arts and Sciences, is studying acoustic detection of lameness in horses and is mentored by Professor Susan Parks.

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Isabelle Collins, senior fashion design student at the College of Visual Arts and Scenic working with Professor Todd Conover, is studying authentically sustainable fashion for a semester abroad at the University of the Arts, London.

All were recipients in spring 2021 of undergraduate research scholarships from SOURCE, Syracuse University's undergraduate research center that encourages and supports diverse student engagement in academic and creative faculty-led research.

Undergraduate Research Scholarships Help Bring Life to student participation in the University's research and discovery enterprise and supporting students of all disciplines across campus. During the 2020-2 academic year 1, SOURCE and the Renée Crown University Honors Program funded 167 awards for individual or team projects.

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Students interested in funding research for the spring semester of 2022 are invited to apply for SOURCE and Honors Program grants this fall. This cycle includes the application to the Spinoza Scholarship, which supports undergraduate research that explores philosophical aspects of topics within the sciences or other professional disciplines.

SOURCE and Honors Program grants are for student-designed projects, guided by a faculty mentor, with a timeline that could include spring 2022 only or spring and / or summer 2022. Awards will be up to $ 5,000 for spring projects or up to $ 7,500 for spring and summer projects, and budgets may include supplies, compensation for participants, essential research trips, conference fees, student payroll, or summer stipend. Applications must include a research proposal, schedule, budget, academic record, curriculum vitae, and recommendation of the faculty mentor.


The application intention form must be submitted before Thursday, September 30, and the complete application expires on Thursday, October 14. Learn more here.

SOURCE and the Honors Program will offer various proposal writing workshops and walk-in hours to review and provide feedback on preliminary application materials. The schedule can be found in the University Events Calendar.

Another application cycle will take place in February / March 2022 for SOURCE and Honors Program grants.

Within their research, Hunter and Ho are exploring and documenting the experiences of women of color who are K-12 school principals and district administrators. They hope their findings can help promote diversity in these roles and break down barriers.

“My research project is going well. I've been exposed to conversations that I probably wouldn't have participated in if it weren't for this research project, "says Hunter." As a woman of color and future educator, I think it's extremely important for me to understand these perspectives so that when I'm in the field, I can create some expectations and prepare myself for what I may find. "

Regarding his research, Hunter says that slowly and steadily wins the race. , I think it's perfect because it gives me time to work effectively, be more creative, and work to be a better listener. "

Ho says she and Hunter have made progress in creating portraits for some of their participants. "Our portraits will be used for our College Council for Educational Administration conference this fall and hopefully a School of Education event in the spring of where we can highlight our participants and their amazing stories. "

The SOURCE grant has helped Hunter and Ho fund technology supplies and reach more participants. "Since there is such limited literature on women of color as district leaders, having the ability to engage more participants has enriched our findings," says Ho. "Ashanti and I are very grateful to Kate and Odette at SOURCE for believing in our project."

Ginkel, a pre-veterinary student, is studying equine lameness, a broad term used to describe a deviation in a horse's gait. "Detecting lameness can be difficult, as horses are prey animals and they hide their wounds well," says Ginkel. "Veterinarians are always looking for new diagnostic methods." Ginkel worked at an equine hospital in Wisconsin this summer. There, he recorded footprints to determine whether an asymmetric gait is a viable classification method for lameness.

“The funding I received from SOURCE gave me that opportunity. Being involved in undergraduate research so closely aligned with my graduate plans has been a great gift. Not only did my application to veterinary school have an advantage, but I also gained experience in clinical research, ”he says. “It's hard to underestimate how lucky I am to have that. Thanks to the support of everyone at the Bioacoustics and Behavioral Ecology Laboratory and the funding that Syracuse has given me, I have the resources to succeed as a pre-veterinary student that I would not have otherwise achieved. ”

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Collins is working to raise awareness of the importance of sustainability in the fashion industry. She is exploring the production process of circular, zero-waste design, and using sustainable materials to create an environmentally inspired fashion collection, she has visited numerous museums and galleries in London to assist her in her research and understanding of art and fashion history.

"Until now, I have chosen an inspiration for my collection based on environmental influence and have developed initial fashion illustrations for it," she says. "I have also made samples with cotton and hemp fabrics that I would like use in final garments. At the moment, I am working on a new series of illustrations based on a sample I made overlaying some sustainable cotton fabrics.

“The SOURCE grant has been an amazing resource for my research. I have been able to fully purchase and explore the materials I was interested in working with.

The grant has also helped me travel to do research, ”says Collins. "And when I start building the entire collection in the spring semester in Syracuse, the SOURCE grant will help me purchase all the supplies needed to put it all together, creating a totally sustainable and ethically made collection."

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