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].


2020-2021 UGFSC Fellowship Recipients

  • Elise Brenner (Asst. Professor, Public Health & Sociology), What's Missing from Mindfulness Meditation Interventions for Patients with Chronic Pain. Student Fellow: Ariana Infanti '21
  • Mariam Ismail (Asst. Professor, Chemistry & Physics), Synthesis and Engineering of Visible Light Active Photocatalysts for Environmental Remediation. Student Fellows: Julia Hart '21, Emily Buttafuoco '21
  • Eric Luth (Asst. Professor, Biology), Investigating the role of the dmd-10 gene on sensory neuron development. Student Fellow: Irene Nguyen '21
  • Shelley White (Assoc. Professor, Public Health), FDA Regulations of Medical Devices: Dynamics of Public Participation. Student Fellow: Caitlyn Helms '22
  • Zinnia Mukherjee (Assoc. Professor, Economics), Impact of COVID 19 of Alternative Forms of U.S. Energy Consumption. Student Fellows: Sarah Hackey '21, Lydia Ahn '21
  • Maria Abate (Asst. Professor, Biology), Using Image Analysis to Assess Young Zebrafish Anxiety Reactions. Student Fellow: Yuriko Hishiya '22
  • Niloufer Sohrabji (Professor, Economics), Potential Benefits of a Free Trade Agreement Between India and the U.S. Student Fellow: Maria Soraghan '21
  • Nanette Veilleux (Professor, Division of Mathematics, Computing, and Statistics), Prosody and Meaning: A Machine Learning Approach. Student Fellows: Samin Charepoo '22, Ismah Ahmed '22
  • Carmen Harrison (Assoc. Professor, Nursing), Exploration of sexual and reproductive health of African American/Black women living in the United States. Student Fellow: Misbah Rindani '22
  • Amy Ballin (Asst. Professor, Education), Research in Equity and Ethics in Education. Student Fellow: Lauren Lanseigne '22
  • Laura Rossi (Asst. Professor, Nursing), Evaluation of patient education on transition from hospital to home. Ellen Malloy '21

Nakeisha Cody

Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships