Undergraduate Faculty-Student Collaborative Fellowship

The Undergraduate Faculty-Student Collaborative (UGFSC) Fellowship at Simmons is a competitive small-grant program that enables faculty to hire an undergraduate research fellow for the duration of a semester or an academic year.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Support faculty research initiatives
  • Enable students to gain experience in faculty-level research and to develop research and presentation skills
  • To cultivate faculty mentorship of undergraduate students

Terms of Fellowship

  • Fellowships are held during the academic year, between the beginning of October and the end of May. Up to ten fellows from varied disciplines will be funded for the academic year. Year-long projects will be prioritized; in some cases, shorter projects may receive funding.
  • Student fellows will be compensated hourly at a rate of $13.50 per hour for no more than 10 hours per week. Fellows may receive up to $2,000 (up to 148 hours) until the term ends on June 1. Fellows may not receive more than $2,000 for the duration of the term.
  • The grant does not cover any other costs associated with faculty scholarship outside of the student grant award, and does not provide additional funding for virtual conference attendance. Participation in virtual conferences related to the project should be factored in as UGFSC fellow work hours.
  • In compliance with state and federal public health guidelines, funding for projects requiring out-of-state travel or in-person interviews may require modification. Questions about domestic travel policies or in-person meetings may be sent to [email protected].
  • Federal work-study may be applied to the UGFSC grant in the case of eligible students. The application of work-study does not affect the overall amount of the UGFSC grant.
  • At the end of the UGFSC fellow term, faculty and student fellows will complete an evaluation survey.


We accept applications from full-time tenure, tenure-track, and contract faculty from all disciplines. Applicants must specify a deliverable, such as a report, publication, or an external grant application. Students must be currently enrolled, full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing with no disciplinary issues. 


The application deadline for the 2021-2022 UGFSC Fellowship is Friday, October 8. The application must be submitted by a faculty member.

Applications must include the following:

  • Brief abstract (250 words max.)
  • Proposed timeline
  • Expected outcomes
  • How will the project be shared with the Simmons community?
  • Student's role in project
  • Anticipated educational benefits to the student
  • Other sources of funding (if applicable)
  • Job posting (if applicable)
  • Department Unit Head letter of endorsement

For more information, email [email protected].


2021-2022 UGFSC Fellows

  • Faculty Fellow: Michael Berger, Department of Chemistry and Physics. Project: Development of Analytical Methods for Pollutants in the Muddy River.
    Student Fellow: Bridget Curry '22 (Engineering 3+2)
  • Faculty Fellow: Nanette Veilleux, Division of Mathematics, Computing, and Statistics. Project: Automatic Speech Recognition Systems for Low Resource Languages.
    Student Fellows: Nardos Alemu '24 (Computer Science, Mathematics), Melat Ali '22 (Computer  Science)
  • Faculty Fellow: Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield, Department of Chemistry and Physics. Project: Optimization of promoter/enhancer sequences of AAV vectors in HepG2 cells for use in gene therapy.
    Student Fellow: Perry Mitchell '21 (Biochemistry)
  • Faculty Fellow: Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, School of Social Work. Project: The Lived Experience of Women Boarders at the League of Women for Community Service.
    Student Fellow: Ta'mar Thompson '25 (Social Work)
  • Faculty Fellow: Niloufer Sohrabji, Department of Economics. Project: Exchange Rate Changes and Trade Balances in India: Are There Sectoral Differences?
    Student Fellow: Mary Pollard '22 (Economics, Psychology)
  • Faculty Fellow: Laura Prieto, Department of History. Project: The Mary Eliza Project: Boston Women Voters in 1920.
    Student Fellow: Anna Boyles '22 (History)

Nakeisha Cody

Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships