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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, on-campus housing, and course credit.


Application Deadline: Proposals must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (E-206, MCB) by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014. Awards will be announced in early April 2014.


Beginning in summer 2014, Simmons College will launch 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 on May 12, 2014 and ending on June 27, 2014. 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 in the May 12 to June 27 period is required.


Student Compensation: Each student research associate will receive wages totaling $2,940 per student. On-campus housing will be available at no charge to student research associates in the SURPASs program. An allowance of up to $1,000 will be provided to the research team for supplies and expenses connected with the research project.


Course Credit and Tuition Waiver: 4 course credits will be awarded to all students completing the program. A tuition scholarship will be provided.


Please download the SURPASs program guidelines for more detailed information regarding the program and application process. NOTE: Additional guidance for the cover page may be found in second document below.

SURPASsGuidelines2014.pdf                               SURPASsCoverPageInformation.pdf


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
8:30am - 4:30pm