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The 2018 – 2019 Application Is Now Closed

Faculty often view research and teaching as two distinct scholarly endeavors. And yet, there is compelling evidence that incorporating authentic research activities into classroom teaching benefits both students and faculty. While the apprentice model for mentored student research is still a gold standard, participation in undergraduate research can be effectively expanded using curriculum-based methods. The Research in the Classroom initiative is part of the new strategic framework for CUNY and represents one method for increasing experiential learning.

The CUNY Office of Research is offering grants for innovative ideas to incorporate authentic research projects into the undergraduate curriculum. Successful projects can be implemented into new or existing courses but must incorporate a researchable aim.  For the purposes of this competition, authentic research is defined as a plan for seeking answers to a research question for which the outcome is unknown. The research question should be based on the expertise of the PI, and should involve the development of new avenues of inquiry.

We encourage applications from across all disciplines including the Arts, Humanities, Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

Proposals should include a discussion of the research question and how it will be operationalized in a course-based context. Awardees will be expected to implement their new course design in the Fall or winter spring semesters of the 2019/2020 academic year. Proposals should also include a section on how student learning outcomes will be assessed.

More information on research in the classroom ideas can be found in a recent report from the National Academies Press, which can be downloaded without cost here: https://bit.ly/2xstlvG

Grants of up to $7,500 (in Research Foundation funds) will be awarded.   The funds can be used for course release (upon college approval), summer salary and/or research supplies.

*Note: Please read carefully for eligibility and the online submission process.