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Student Travel Funds, Student Research Funds and the SURPASs Program

President Drinan has made available funds to support student travel to conferences and the research endeavors.

Student Travel Award

The Simmons College Student Travel Award competition provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who are attending and presenting research at academic or professional conferences. Students must be recommended by their faculty advisors/departments to receive such awards. Preference will be given to those who are making a presentation. In cases where the applicant will not be presenting, the student statement and faculty letter of recommendation should address the importance of attendance for the student's professional development. Preference is given to students who have not previously received a Student Travel Grant.

2014 - 2015 Academic Year Deadlines

Summer Deadline — Rolling deadline for summer travel, application due 1 month prior to travel date

Fall Deadline — September 22, 2014, for conferences between October 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015

Spring Deadline — January 23, 2014, for conferences between February 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015

Range of Support

There are a limited amount of funds available to award each semester. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and the number of applications. Applicants are eligible to receive one travel grant in the current academic year. The committee will award up to $500 per student, with most awards in the $300 range, even though the cost of attending the conference may exceed that amount. Preference is given to students who have not previously received a Student Travel Grant. Students are encouraged to apply according to their financial need.

Application and Guidelines

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Student Research Fund

The Simmons College Student Research Fund supports student-initiated scholarly research and creative endeavors. Students may apply for grants of up to $1,000 to support their independent research projects in all academic disciplines. These grants are competitive and awards will be made based on the quality of the proposed work. Students must work under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Proposals will be reviewed by the Fund for Research Committee. It is expected that 8-10 grants may be awarded during each year.

2014 - 2015 Academic Year Deadline: November 3, 2014

Selection Criteria

Grants will be awarded based on the significance and feasibility of the research and its relevance to the student's academic experience. Students are expected to develop this proposal with the guidance of their research advisor.

When demand exceeds available funding, an effort is made to fund proposals from as many different fields of study as possible and from students who have not already completed a research project funded the Student Research Fund.

Report Requirements

Grant recipients must submit a final report to the Fund for Research Committee, upon completion of the project.

Application and Guidelines

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Summer Undergraduate Research Program At Simmons (SURPASs) - NEW

The SURPASs Program is a 7-week summer mentored research experience for undergraduate students. Students selected to participate in the program, as research associates will receive financial compensation and on-campus housing.

Application Deadline for 2015 Program: To Be Announced

Beginning in summer 2014, Simmons College launched the SURPASs Program, an intensive research experience. Student research associates will be selected through a competitive process whereby they submit a research proposal for a faculty-mentored project.

The purpose of the SURPASs Program is to enhance a particular kind of learning for students, to encourage scholarly collaboration between students and faculty and to produce a scholarly outcome, preferably a publication or presentation at a conference. The mentored research experience will enable an intense learning opportunity for student researchers, which is not possible during the academic year. It is suggested that students approach potential faculty mentors early in the process to discuss project ideas.

Eligibility: SURPASs research grants are available to full-time undergraduate students in all disciplines within the following limits: Students are eligible to participate during the summer between their sophomore and junior years, and during the summer between their junior and senior years. Graduating seniors are ineligible.

Program Duration: The preferred project period is the 7-week period beginning in mid-May and ending in late June 2015. Projects spanning a longer time period during the summer where the student research associate works fewer hours per week will be considered as long as the total effort on the project is no fewer than 245 hours. Nevertheless, attendance at the weekly seminar during the 7-week preferred project period is required.

Student Compensation: Each student research associate will receive wages. On-campus housing will be available at no charge to student research associates in the SURPASs program. An allowance will be provided to the research team for supplies and expenses connected with the research project.

Updated SURPASs program guidelines will be uploaded early in the spring semester.

You may contact Jon Kimball ( or Valerie Beaudrault ( in the Office of Sponsored Programs, if you have questions.

This program is being made possible by a generous gift from Simmons alumna, Pamela J. Toulopoulos '73, as well as support from Provost Katie Conboy.


Main College Building
Room E-206
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115


Jon Kimball
Phone: 617-521-2411

Valerie Beaudrault
Grant & Contract Administrator & Human Protections Administrator
Phone: 617-521-2415


Monday -Friday
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