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This page contains the various current funding opportunities coordinated by the Research and Scholarship Advisory Committee. This page is updated with offerings as they become available.

The Teaching and Research Awards offered through the Board of Regents are once again open.  Nominations for campus-based recognitions of excellence in teaching or research by full time, tenured/tenure track faculty members at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels are welcome.  Adjunct faculty can be nominated to receive recognition for excellence in teaching.  Further descriptions about the awards and the process can be accessed through the links below. 

Teaching Award

The awards are given to recognize tenured/tenure track faculty who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers for at least five years and have a minimum of two years’ track record of promoting instructional improvements for their programs/departments. 

Guidelines for Teaching Award

Research Award

The awards are given to recognize tenured/tenure track faculty from the state universities who are doing exceptional research/creative work.

Guidelines for Research Award

Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award

The award recognizes part-time faculty who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers, have taught in the CSCU system for at least six semesters and are eligible for continued appointment in the following academic year.

Guidelines for Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award


Nominations may originate from faculty, staff, or students.  The above links describe each of the awards and the award criteria.  All that is required to nominate a faculty member for a particular award is a simple letter of nomination of less than two typed pages expressing the basis for the nomination – relating nominee’s teaching or research to the award’s criteria as described in the above links.  Please note, the process described in the section “Source of Nomination” in each of the above links is an explanation of what the person who is nominated will later need to do to complete their dossier when officially applying for the award for which they have been nominated—not something that needs to be addressed when nominating a faculty member at this time. 

Based on the instructions above, please submit nominations by no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022 to Maryanne Boyen in the office of the Provost (EN A210) via email at  

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate noteworthy faculty members for these awards.  As a guide, general information about the process and the awards can also be accessed through the link below.

2021-2022 Call for Nominations

Southern Connecticut State University is pleased to announce the continuation of a program to support independent undergraduate research during the Spring Semester 2023. This initiative, Undergraduate Research Grants, is funded by the SCSU Foundation. Grants of $3,000 each will be awarded to undergraduate students to complete research in any academic discipline represented on the SCSU campus. Each student awardee will be guided by a faculty mentor. Faculty mentors will receive payment for one credit for their guidance of the proposed student research. 

The student may accept the full $3,000 as a stipend, or, if needed, a portion of the money can be used for expenses related to the project.

The purpose of these grants is to promote high quality research and creative activity at the undergraduate level by having students work closely with a faculty mentor. 

To be eligible, a student must:
• be a matriculated undergraduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. 
• have completed at least 45 course credits by the end of Fall Semester 2022;
• be enrolled in undergraduate courses for the Spring 2023 term (i.e., seniors graduating in December 2022 are not eligible);
• work with a mentor who is a full-time faculty member at SCSU.

If a student has previously received an undergraduate grant from this program, a copy of the final report from the previous grant must be included with the proposal.

Please note that this proposal must incorporate and adhere to all current SCSU and CSCU Covid-19 protocols.

For projects involving human participants or animal subjects, approval from the SCSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) must be obtained before beginning the research.

To apply:
The student application must be submitted via the Kuali Build portal using this link: Undergraduate Research Grant Application by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14th, 2022. Faculty Mentors must then respond to the application and add their reference documents within 24 hours.

Incomplete applications will not receive consideration, nor will late applications.

Questions regarding the application process or other issues may be directed to C. Michele Thompson at ext. 2-5614 or via e-mail to

Questions regarding the electronic form can be directed to the SPAR office,

Download the Application Instructions

Description and Purpose:  Southern Connecticut State University recognizes the importance of student and faculty scholarship and creative activity in furthering its mission. The University is committed to expanding the array of support mechanisms for such scholarship and creative activity. The Conference Travel Grants for Students aims to provide graduate and undergraduate students with funds to support travel costs and/or registration fees for national or international conferences whether virtual or on ground for the purpose of presenting their scholarshipProposals from students who wish to attend a conference without presenting their work will not be considered for funding.  Proposals from students whose work demonstrates a high probability of producing, for example, a published manuscript (or other relevant scholarly representation aligned with their discipline, i.e., art exhibit, book contract) will be given priority.

Eligibility:  Matriculated graduate or undergraduate students (both full and part time), whose conference proposal has already been accepted by the conference organizers, are eligible to apply for this support.

    • Faculty cannot be the lead author. 
    • Student presenter must be the first or second author.  If two students are on one panel, they cannot get full funding but will have to split the award amount.
    • No more than two students for one paper or poster will be allowed.
    • Student must have completed at least one semester at SCSU.
    • FT faculty may not apply for these funds even if they are enrolled as a Graduate Student.
    • PT faculty who are enrolled in a graduate program at SCSU may apply for AAUP travel funds or for a student travel grant, but not both.

Review Process:  Applications will be reviewed by a group of faculty members representing a broad range of disciplines, who have been appointed by the Provost to serve on the University-wide Research and Scholarship Advisory Committee (RSAC). These grants are sponsored by the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Deans.  Students with other concurrent funding must disclose their funding.

Award Amount: Matriculated graduate students may apply for up to $1,000 for a national conference or up to $1,500 per international conference, depending on the budget submitted.  Undergraduate students may apply for up to $500 for a national conference only. Please note: regional conferences cannot be awarded under this Call.  Funds for both types of students may only be applied towards the costs of registration, transportation, and hotel room expenses.  All travel must abide by regulations of the CDC and CT Department of Health as they exist at time of travel.  Funds may not be used for faculty travel expenses. 

For virtual conferences: Matriculated graduate or undergraduate students may apply for up to but not more than the cost of registration for a virtual conference.  Funds may not be used for faculty registration expenses. 

Application Process:  The application and all required documents must be submitted via the Kuali portal system using this link: Conference Travel Grants for Students.

All the following documents must be submitted (in PDF format).  Incomplete applications will not be funded.

  • Conference announcement
  • Student's Conference abstract and proof of acceptance of the student's abstract
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Budget of travel-related expenses.

Please note that only the cost of registration, estimated travel to and from the conference site, and the estimated expense for a hotel room during the conference should be listed in the budget. For virtual conferences only the cost of registration (not supplies) for the conference can be submitted.

  • Proof of conference registration costs.

Students must indicate a faculty mentor on the form; the faculty mentor is expected to formally approve the application through the electronic portal.

We recognize that conferences send acceptance at different times, therefore there is no hard deadline for submission of proposals.  However, after committee review and approval, commitments to fund will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. Therefore, students should apply as soon as possible after they receive organization/society/conference acceptance. Funds are ordinarily distributed on a reimbursement basis following processes used by the university Travel Office. All expenses, following travel, must be fully reconciled prior to the end of the fiscal year (by no later than June 30, 2023).

Further Information

For questions, please contact Professor C. Michele Thompson .

Please note that awardees are responsible for completing the University/State required Travel Authorization and associated paperwork within the required timeframe to be reimbursed.


Download the Application Instructions