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Research in Science & Health Fund

The Research in Science & Health Fund was established by Susan Fueshko Perry ‘86 to support any qualified undergraduate Hartwick student who is conducting research in the sciences, mathematics or a health-related field under the direct supervision of a Hartwick faculty or staff member.

The Research in Science & Health Fund award provides financial assistance to help cover conference fees, research supplies, travel expenses, and/or other valid expenses for the enhancement of the grantee’s professional and educational development. Student or faculty stipends or salaries are not allowed under this program. At the completion of the funded experience, the grant recipient will be required to submit a brief report to the Provost/VPAA on the funded experience and its impact on the recipient’s educational and professional pursuits.

The award recipient will be determined by the Evaluation Committee composed of the College’s three Academic Division Officers in consultation with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (or their designee).

Tristani Makharashvili '24

"The Research in Science and Health Fund award allows students, like me, to get real-world, hands-on experience in fields they are passionate about. My research at Hartwick is providing me with a strong foundation that will impress potential employers as I seek internships and begin my career."

Tristani Makharashvili '24

Computer and Information Sciences & Mathematics Double Major; Physics Minor

Erin McRee '22

"The Research in Science and Health grant meant that I was able to purchase lab supplies that not only enhanced my senior thesis but also contributed to a growing research base on Charlotte Creek and its role in water quality in the Susquehanna and Chesapeake Bay."

Erin McRee '22

Chemistry and Environment, Sustainability & Society Double Major

How to Apply for the Research in Science and Health Fund Award


PROPOSAL DEADLINE for 2023-2024: Friday, November 17, 2023


Apply by submitting the proposal electronically. The submission requires you to upload your budget as a separate document. Read the Proposal Content & Guidelines information to be sure you provide all necessary information when completing the online proposal form.

Proposal Content & Guidelines

Applicant Name and Email Address:

Applicant Major and Year:

Faculty or Staff Sponsor(s) and Email Address:

By submitting a proposal, you acknowledge that your faculty or staff sponsor has reviewed this application with you and should you be accepted as the recipient of this award you will abide by the award purpose, restrictions noted below, and all Hartwick College, Federal, State and Local policies and regulations. Furthermore, the recipient agrees to submit a report at the conclusion of their project and to collaborate with the Office of College Advancement in recognizing Ms. Perry’s contributions that made the project possible.

Informative but as brief (concise) as possible.

Include the dates for your project and any specific dates for travel related to it.

A concise, to-the-point description of the proposed project. It should include a brief statement of the objectives, a short description of the general methodological approach you will use, and a concluding sentence about the significance of the project.

In layman’s terms, please describe your research, what you hope to learn from it and how your findings will help the greater community.

Include references as appropriate to your discipline and in a format that is common within your discipline. A reasonable number of references in appropriate format is a requirement. Consult with your faculty or staff sponsor(s).

Each year, as award funds become available, the Evaluation Committee will publish the dollar amounts available to the successful awardee(s). For the upcoming award period, the maximum award amount is $2,000. We anticipate that one or two awards will be made depending on the amounts requested.

Download Proposed Project Budget Worksheet

Discuss with your faculty supervisor the real and potential hazards to health and environment that your project may entail and how you plan to minimize risk of injury to person or property. Chemical hazards are documented in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS): Click here for more information. Your Faculty or Staff sponsor(s) are invaluable resources here.

If travel is a part of the research project, or if the project involves presenting work at a scholarly meeting, college travel policies must be followed (click here for more information).


Contact Dr. Cherilyn Lacy, Assistant Dean of Faculty, lacyc@hartwick.edu.