Thursday, September 29, 2016

$$ for Thesis Travel: Seniors, are you writing a spring thesis? Will travel be a part of your subject matter?

Lucyle Hook Travel Grants

Lucyle Hook Travel Grants are available to Seniors to support thesis research that requires travel, often done during Winter Break. To apply for funding, you must submit a proposal and a letter of support from a Barnard or Columbia faculty member by 5pm on November 4, 2016. Drop off hard copy in 105 Milbank or send an attachment to

The proposal, which must not exceed three double-spaced pages, should begin with a quick overview of your thesis project.  You should then provide more details about the issues you plan to investigate with Hook funding. Where do you intend to go?  What exactly will you do there?  How long will you need to stay?  Have you made contact with any individuals or institutions at the site whose cooperation is crucial?  Above all, how will the work you propose to do enrich your thesis?  At the end of the proposal, please provide a budget that itemizes anticipated major expenditures (e.g. round trip transportation, lodging).  The budget, best presented in chart form, is part of, not an addition to, the three page proposal.

The faculty letter of support should be written by a person familiar with your project--the person supervising your thesis, for example--and should address both the importance of this research to your thesis and your qualifications for conducting this research.

If your project involves human subjects, please go to, click on the "Student as PI Worksheet" link, and submit the completed form with your proposal.

Proposals will be discussed by the Faculty Committee on Honors at the November 11 meeting.  Bear in mind that although some members of the Committee may be experts in your field, most will not be; it will be wise to tailor your proposal accordingly.

Questions? Please contact Dean Runsdorf, Dean for Fellowships and Research and Dean of the Junior Class, in 105 Milbank.