Senior Thesis Advising

Columbia College is able to provide a small research fund to students conducting approved research for their senior theses. The average amount awarded is no greater than $250 and, if special permission is given, will not exceed $500. All funds are provided on a reimbursement basis.  The process for students to receive this reimbursement is as follows:

  1. Each student should download the Columbia College Senior Thesis Funding Application Form, complete Section 1 and submit it to their faculty adviser.
  2. The faculty adviser confirms that the research plan and anticipated expenses are in alignment with the department and the student’s course of study, before submitting the form to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  3. The Director of Undergraduate Studies then confirms and approves the awarded amount, ensuring that no student is approved to receive more than $500, and that the overall departmental/program average per student is no greater than $250.
  4. The College asks that the department/program representative submits all the departmental /program applications at one time. Forms should be submitted to Ariella Lang, associate dean of Academic Affairs and director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. They can be scanned and emailed or hand-delivered to 202 Hamilton Hall.
  5. Students will then receive a notification from Academic Affairs noting the awarded amount and providing detailed instructions on how to submit expenses for reimbursement.

Of special note:

  • If students' research requires international travel, their approved funds (typically higher than $250) may be factored into the departmental/program average as $250. This ensures that students whose research does not involve international travel are not financially penalized.
  • Student should be reminded to retain all original receipts to be submitted for reimbursement. 

  • Students should also note that delays can occur if receipts are submitted more than 120 days after the expenditure took place and the reimbursement will be taxed. It is therefore important that receipts are submitted in a timely fashion and students may submit multiple reimbursement requests.

  • There is a separate fund and application process for students in the School of General Studies. Please contact Glenn Novarr, assistant dean for Academic Affairs, for more information.

Questions may be directed to:
Ariella Lang
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
Columbia College