Bander Family Fund

The Bander Family Fund award is intended to encourage students to think creatively in defining work that can only be done outside of the classroom. The Bander Fund will award $4,000 to one or two successful Arts and Sciences undergraduate students who wish to pursue such an independent project over the summer. The work may be independent research, a creative venture, or an internship directly related to a field of study. KSAS freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Seniors are not eligible for this award.

A final academic report, of approximately 10 pages, outlining the intellectual outcomes of the study must be submitted by the end of the summer. The student will be responsible for determining if IRB approval is needed prior to beginning the project.

Successful proposals will describe a unique proposition for self-directed learning as well as personal and societal enrichment through a combination of innovative thinking and a willingness to explore the possible and not just the probable.

Funds may be used to defray costs associated with the project, such as expendable supplies, special equipment, project-related travel, and other miscellaneous expenses. A living stipend may be allowed if the applicant can demonstrate how this will directly facilitate his or her ability to carry out the project.

Please apply via the online application found here.

Deadline (for all materials): Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. 

Your proposal should be two to three pages long, single-spaced, and should include the following:

  • The topic to be explored
  • Your qualifications for conducting the research
  • Your timeline for completion of the project
  • Expected outcome of the project (honors thesis, etc.)
  • An itemized budget

One letter of recommendation from a faculty member is required. Once your application is submitted, please ask your recommender to upload the letter where indicated at the top of the application. Recommendation letters should address the following:

  • How long and in what capacity you have known the student
  • The student’s academic strengths, qualifications, and ability to conduct independent research

For questions, contact:

Joel Schildbach