Student Research Enhancement Program

Science students may apply for awards from Asprey CCAS Student Research Enhancement (SRE) program to “expand their research experiences”. For example, awards may be for independent research at Vassar (including extending an URSI project into the academic year), working in labs of collaborators at other institutions, or presenting research at a regional or national meeting. Priority will be given to projects that extend beyond one semester or summer, to projects that increase the likelihood of fruitful completion and ultimately publication, to projects that expose students to new research environments or new opportunities to do science, and to projects that involve interdisciplinary interactions. Most previous awards have been reimbursement of travel expenses for presenting research at meetings.

A brief post-activity report on how the award helped the student’s development as a scientist is required. Additionally, grant recipients are required to present their research and/or report on the influence of the research experience (whether research endeavor or presentation of research at a meeting) at a campus forum at the end of the academic year. Requests for awards may be made at any time. Students may apply more than once, although priority will be given to students who are first-time applicants. Activities must occur and awarded funds must be used before June 30 of the academic year in which the grant was awarded. Awards are capped at $750. Other sources of support, such as the Dean of Studies Academic Enrichment Fund, exist for students who might have more expensive requests.

Direct questions to Asprey CCAS Director Joseph Tanski (
To apply for support through this program Students should submit the application form below.

SRE funding for the 2023-2024 academic year has been expended. Please contact Professor Tanski, before making a submission.