Jasper Summer Research Scholars

The Jasper Summer Research Scholars is a fellowship that offers a stipend to scholars to pursue on-campus summer research between their sophomore and junior year or between junior and senior year. This research program, supported by Manhattan College, is managed through the Center for Graduate School and Fellowship Advisement and will support students from the School of Liberal Arts, School of Science, School of Education, O'Malley School of Business, and School of Engineering undergraduate programs.

Scholars will be chosen based on an evaluation of their proposed research or creative project, their academic and co-curricular achievements, and promise for future contributions to knowledge and research in their discipline. As part of this program, the Center for Graduate School and Fellowship Advisement will provide enhanced programs, advising and support so that students develop intellectual, interpersonal, and research skills to be competitive applicants to graduate school, professional school, and fellowships.

Students may live on campus, as one of the goals of the Summer Research initiative has been to foster a climate of scholarly engagement during the summer months.  These students work intensively on research projects under the direction of Manhattan College faculty.   A student's faculty advisor must be employed by Manhattan College during the entire period of a student's research project and fall presentation.  Adjunct instructors must obtain the permission of their chairperson before accepting an advisor's role.

Faculty advisors may receive a stipend for advising full award winners.  Additional advisor stipends for mentoring multiple research award winners are based upon budget constraints. Please note that summer researchers may be required to repay their complete stipend if they do not complete their project within the required time frame or if they transfer from Manhattan College and enroll in another institution during the research program.


Call for Proposals

Students who would like to pursue a significant research question or project, contribute to a scholarly conversation, or to produce creative work, while being mentored by a faculty member are encouraged to submit a proposal. You must have already identified a faculty mentor and research project in order to apply. We have a limited number of summer stipends available. You will need to fill out an online application form and upload a research proposal.  Awards and housing are contingent upon funding availability from Manhattan College.

  • Proposal Guidelines

    Include the following sections (if relevant) in your research proposal. In addition, you will need to have your proposal signed by your faculty advisor. Please limit your proposal to 3 pages. Students are expected to write their own proposals and may work with faculty to determine project content and design. Students should have their faculty research sponsor review their proposals, and may work with them to finalize their submission.  

    Criteria Explanation
    Contact Information    Please include your Name, Email Address, Cell Phone Number, and Department.
    Faculty Advisor Information                                           Please include your Faculty Advisor's Name, Department, and Email Address
    Significance    Please explain the impact of your research project both in the context of your academic discipline and to society more generally.  Describe how your proposal fits into the research or literature of your field.
    Goals and Objectives Please give a clear statement of your goals and objectives for this work.  This statement may be your thesis statement, research question, hypothesis, or other explanation of your goals and objectives. If the proposed work is part of a larger project (either yours or your research advisor’s), state the specific goals and objectives that will be accomplished during the summer session funded by this program.
    Project Design  Please provide a short description of how you plan to execute your project, your research methods, and your timeline.  How will you address the questions involved in your thesis, research question, or hypothesis?  This may include research techniques, theoretical perspectives, data collection and analysis methods, etc.  Please explain how these methods will support or address you goals and objectives. 
    Feasibility and Off-Campus Work  Please identify any archives, equipment, materials, contacts, or other resources which you require to complete your project.  If these resources are not available at Manhattan College, explain how you or your faculty mentor will secure access to them.  Also, if you will complete any research away from campus, please identify the dates when you expect to be away, where you will be, and why it is necessary.
    Presentation                                                                                                                               Please identify at least one professional conference or publication to which your work might be submitted.  In addition, we expect that all Jasper Research Scholars will make a presentation to the MC community in September following their summer experience.
    Personal Interest and Career Goals     Please explain your interest in this research proposal/topic. Also please explain some of your future career goals and how these goals are related to this research project. Please identify the knowledge and skills you will acquire by completing this project. 

If selected you may:

  • Receive a $3,000 stipend
  • Live in on-campus housing over the summer
  • Be required to participate in pre-summer training workshops and summer research sessions
  • Be required to present at the end of summer research presentation day and write a research paper
  • Have the opportunity to submit your research work and attend a professional conference
  • Have access to individualized advising about career pathways for after graduation


Current sophomores and juniors in School of Science, School of Liberal Arts, School of Education and Health, School of Business and School of Engineering.  Students may apply to as many research opportunities that they want each summer, but they may accept only one program's award in a single summer.  Students may not participate in multiple summer programs (eg Jasper Summer Scholars and WISE, etc.).


You must submit an online application in order to be considered for this award. 

Deadline: Proposals should follow the rubrics above and must be submitted no later than February 26, 2023 at 11:59pm.

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