Summer Team Impact Grants

Mason Impacts Students. Students Impact the World.

The Office of the Provost is excited to offer Summer Team Impact Projects grants for Summer 2021.

The Office of the Provost is excited to offer grants for Summer Team Impact Projects for Summer 2021. Pending budget approval, the Office of Undergraduate Education, OSCAR, and CECIL will fund several summer projects creating a cohort of undergraduate student, graduate students, and faculty members. These multidisciplinary projects will explore a central theme, a research question, or a community identified problem. All projects will be led by at least two faculty members who will hire six to ten undergraduate students to actively engage with the project throughout the summer. Proposals are due December 4, 2020

Student Information

You will have the opportunity to learn to tackle a global question or challenge, to work independently and on a team. You will contribute to the creation an original scholarly project and communicate your findings.

Interested in participating in a Summer Team Impact Project?:

  • Information is available on the "Recruitment Information" tab above. 
  • Positions will be posted on Handshake in February of each year. 
  • Faculty awards are also posted on this website in January. You may reach out to a faculty recipient to indicate your interest.


Faculty Information

Faculty will have the opportunity to work with a colleague and a hand-picked group of students on a question, challenge, or topic, of personal and professional interest. The students can advance your research, investigate a potential new avenue, or explore a data source you haven’t been able to tackle. You are welcome to publish or present the results of the students’ projects (with their co-authorship) beyond Mason, and you’ll receive a stipend for your efforts!

The Office of Undergraduate Education will meet with the accepted faculty in January (to go over the program goals and student recruitment), and in April to go over the project timelines share resources for a successful project. We will also be available to provide assistance with proposals for external funding based on the projects.

Recruitment Information

The Office of Undergraduate Education will do the following:

Post a description of all accepted projects on the student page with a link to your application
Post the projects as positions on Handshake
Tweet the projects

You are responsible for additional recruiting and for choosing your students. You can recruit students by:

Sending fliers to faculty teaching related courses
Sending information to departmental listservs in related areas
Talking to interested students!
Using social media to recruit.
Fliers in the JC and student buildings

Student participating in a semester

Student participating in a semester in Paris-just one of the many programs offered by Mason's Global Education Office. It's possible to participate in Mason Impact abroad! Contact the Office of Undergraduate Education or your advisor for details.

Application Instructions for Faculty:

The proposal for a Summer Team Impact Project will include the following items: 

1. Project description (200 words) 

2. Budget Information, funding is contingent on final budget allocation, needs to include:  

  • up to $9,000 for faculty leaders with no more than $3,000 per organizing member;  
  • up to 2 graduate students at $6,000 each;  
  • $4,000 each for participating undergraduate students (6-10 per grant) 
  • up to $4,000 in supplies. 
  • The budget form is embedded as part of the application, it will ask for the faculty involved and payments, numbers of students (graduate and undergraduate), and any supplies that will be required. 

3. Position Description for the student researchers (to be posted on Handshake) 

4. Acknowledgement of the Mentor and Student Expectations if funded.

5. Narrative of no more than four pages in PDF format that addresses the following questions: 

  • Overview of the central question and project 
  • Timeline (Include the first week student boot camp) 
  • Enrichment Activities for the participating students 
  • Student Recruitment Plan (How are you going to find and recruit the student participants?) 
  • Uniqueness of Project (If you have received funding for a previous Summer Team Impact Project, please tell us how this project differs.) 

View Previous Summer Team Impact Grant Winners