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Pforzheimer Honors College

Pforzheimer Honors College Research Grants

The Pforzheimer Honors College Research Grants are designed to support and encourage Honors College students in research. Students devise and undertake worthy research projects in collaboration with Pace University faculty mentors. The stipend, up to $1000, may be used on or off campus to pay for expenses or travel abroad related to the student's research interest. This award is intended to foster a culture of undergraduate student research at Pace that both enhances student learning and engages larger numbers of faculty members in guiding students in research.


The student must be a currently enrolled full-time undergraduate student in the Pforzheimer Honors College of Pace University. The student must be a sophomore or junior, have maintained an overall grade point average of at least 3.3, and have prior experience either in completing a significant research or writing project, participating in an internship, or engaging in community service or occupational involvement relevant to the proposed research.

The professor must be currently employed by Pace University as a full-time faculty member, and have previous experience working with students in supervised research or academic projects. This grant is available to student-faculty teams from all fields of study.

The Proposal

Grant proposals should include: a project description written in a manner understandable by those in different disciplines; a statement of objectives and anticipated outcomes; a timetable for fulfillment; and a budget detailing principle items with brief explanations. If the proposal involves participation by human subjects, it must undergo IRB review using the approved Pace University processes. Budget items may also include: start-up costs, equipment (e.g., software), travel, photocopying, entrance fees (i.e., museums or archives), and other necessary and appropriate expenses.

The student is required to provide a resume and other personal information. He/she should also identify other sources of funding available or solicited to support the proposed research project (e.g., a student who receives a Lang fellowship will not be eligible for an additional Honors College Research Grant).

Funding, Duration, And Other Important Information

Award amounts shall not exceed $1000. Projects may commence as early as July 1, 2013 and will continue throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Student/faculty teams are encouraged to use the summer months, if possible, to begin their concentrated research. Final reports on the results are due at the close of the Spring semester. Grant recipients will report the results of their research at the Honors Independent Research Conference held each year at the end of April or beginning of May. This conference is an opportunity to share your findings with the Honors College community of students and professors.

All equipment, databases, and non-perishable materials of a substantial nature purchased with these research funds shall be the property of Pace University and the Honors College. Grant applications by qualified students must be submitted to the Honors College office on or before April 5, 2012. A committee will evaluate proposals and will recommend grants. Awardees will be notified by the end of April. Hard copies of the application are available in the Honors office. The electronic version is available on the Honors College website.

Note From Dr. Chiffriller

Please let me know if you intend to apply for this grant. If you wish to talk with me about your research project or have any questions about how to write a good proposal, I will be happy to help you. Please stop by the Honors office, Mortola Library, 3rdfloor, contact me by phone (914) 773-3673, or email me at

Link to Research Grant Application: Honors Research Grant Application (DOC)