There are several competitive senior thesis funds to which undergraduates may apply for support of travel, research, and supplies for field research on an environmental topic in the U.S. and abroad. See former field research proposals for a full list of research topics.
Applications for senior thesis research support are coordinated through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). Two funding cycles are held each year. Students may apply for funds during the spring semester of their junior year for senior thesis research during the summer. Requests may also be made in the fall of the senior year. Students planning to apply for funds are encouraged to speak with their advisers as soon as possible.
Fall senior thesis funding applications will be available through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) beginning Monday, September 12, 2016. The final deadline to submit the application in SAFE is Monday, October 24, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.
As you prepare your materials for your thesis application, please keep in mind you will need to organize the following items:
Students applying for senior thesis research funds are required to submit a detailed budget. The following are eligible expenses:
Senior Thesis Research expenses that are not covered include:
*The policy on funding for students doing research in their home locations is as follows:
Note: all Senior Thesis Research Funding grants are subject to tax and must be reported to the Internal Revenue Service. If you are not a US resident, taxes will automatically be deducted from your award if the funds will be used to cover non-instructional costs.
University policies governing undergraduate travel are described on the University's Travel & Expense website. Students applying for funds should familiarize themselves and are required to comply with travel requirements set by the University.
All overnight University sponsored undergraduate travel must be registered on the University's Travel & Expense website. Registration includes completion of the Terms and Conditions Form and Travel Medical Profile and Consent for Care Form.
Princeton undergraduates traveling to countries on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning List or to countries where the U.S. has issued travel restrictions will not be supported, unless the students have received a Travel Waiver from the Senior Associate Dean of the College, Nancy Kanach. Note: If a student intends to apply for a travel waiver in order to travel to destinations on the State Department’s travel warning list, he/she should first consult the University’s Travel & Expense website in order to be able to provide Dean Kanach with the information necessary to investigate the waiver request. The travel exemption waiver process is time-intensive. Affected students should allow a minimum of four weeks for the review process. Students should not assume that their requests for waiver will be granted and have an alternative plan in the event that travel is not approved.
In order to rent vehicles or drive University-owned vehicles while on University - sponsored domestic trips, students must first obtain a University vehicle clearance certification. Except for emergencies, undergraduate students may not rent or drive cars or motorbikes in foreign countries.
All funded students must carry health insurance that is valid overseas with coverage for hospitalization and physician care. Private insurance must meet or exceed the coverage provided by the Princeton University Student Health Plan.
Students must be enrolled as a degree candidate at Princeton to be eligible to receive thesis research funding and as such, agree to adhere to the University’s standards of conduct as described in Rights, Rules and Responsibilities. Students must understand and agree to observe the laws of the country in which they are residing and all applicable academic and disciplinary regulations in effect on the program or at the host institution. If students do not abide by applicable regulations, they will be subject to disciplinary actions, including premature termination of assignment. In such cases, students will return to the U.S. at their own expense.
Formal award letters will include details pertaining to the funded award and the terms and conditions of using research funds. Students must accept or decline the offer within one week of award notification. It is imperative that students to complete the acceptance form as quickly as possible to secure their funding and to expedite award processing. When Applicable, IRB and IACUC approval(s) must be obtained prior to receiving funding.
As part of a culminating experience to the senior thesis research, all funded students are required to participate in the PEI Discovery Day Poster Session. Discovery Day allows students to share the outcomes of their thesis research with fellow students, faculty, and other interested parties. The 2017 Discovery Day poster presentaions will take place on Wednesday, May 7th, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Students will show their posters in the Frick Chemistry Lab Atrium.
The Becky Colvin Memorial Award provides an annual grant to support undergraduate environmental field research projects for the senior thesis. Juniors in the Environmental Studies Program (ENV) or department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are eligible to apply for this award. more >>
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