The Jasper Summer Research Scholars is a fellowship that will offer a stipend to scholars to pursue on campus summer research between their sophomore and junior year or between junior and senior year. This research program, supported by Manhattan College, is managed through the Center for Graduate School and Fellowship Advisement and will support up to three students each from School of Liberal Arts, School of Science, School of Education, School of Business, and School of Engineering undergraduate programs. Often times scholars sponsored by the Deans of Arts, Education & Health, the O'Malley School of Business, Engineering, and other organizations on campus will be part of this cohort as well.
Scholars will be chosen based on an evaluation of their proposed research or creative project, their academic and co-curricular achievements, and promise for future contributions to knowledge and research in their discipline. As part of this program, the Center for Graduate School and Fellowship Advisement will provide enhanced programs, advising and support so that students develop intellectual, interpersonal, and research skills to be competitive applicants to graduate school, professional school, and fellowships.
Students live on campus, as one of the goals of the Summer Research initiative has been to foster a climate of scholarly engagement during the summer months. These students work intensively on research projects under the direction of Manhattan College faculty. A student's faculty advisor must be employed by Manhattan College during the entire period of a student's research project and fall presentation. Adjunct instructors must obtain the permission of their chairperson before accepting an advisor's role.
The Edward Branigan Fund was established in 1976 through the generous contributions of Mr. Branigan, a graduate of the Manhattan College Class of 1940, and matching gifts from Exxon. Enhanced by additional support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, the Branigan Scholars Fund has provided the financial resources for students to pursue projects independent of their course work.
The aim of this program is to promote undergraduate research in the humanities by awarding several grants per year in excess of $3000 each for student-initiated projects. Each Branigan Scholar works closely with a Manhattan College faculty member, who serves as advisor. The Branigan Grants foster the Manhattan College tradition of strengthening humanities education through the development of students' scholarly interests and goals in close collaboration with members of the faculty.
Students enrolled in Manhattan College School of Liberal Arts or School of Science who are not seniors at the time of application are eligible to apply. The grant may be used to support a creative or traditional research project or to facilitate student participation in a conference or an internship experience. The Branigan Scholars Committee selects the award recipients and approves the final projects by a majority decision.
The School of Science Research Scholars Program is an opportunity for students to get involved in research projects with faculty during the summer, and in some cases during the academic year. Each year, about thirty (30) select students are awarded, through different sources, a stipend and, if eligible, summer housing.
At the end of the summer all students present their work in a college-wide seminar and poster presentation. In addition, students are required to submit a report on the type of research, methods used and results. These reports are published in The Manhattan Scientist a student-edited research journal. Students are also encouraged to submit their projects to a variety of regional and national academic conferences, and those who are invited to present are often provided travel funds by the School of Science.