Robert C. and Margaret A. Cole Undergraduate Research Award

This scholarship was established by Robert C. Cole ´59 (psychology) and his wife Margaret to recognize undergraduates in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences who are working with faculty on research that has the potential to address current social problems.

Eligibility: Students must be in good academic standing and nominated by a member of the SBS faculty. Faculty may nominate only one student per year.

Selection: One award of at least $2,500 will be made. A review committee from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will select recipients in the fall semester. Selection criteria are as follows:

  • Academic merit
  • Faculty recommendation
  • Quality of proposal, including an adequate description of the research plan
  • Preference will be given to applications that show genuine collaboration between the student applicant and the sponsoring faculty member
  • Fit of research project with student’s academic and future goals
  • The degree to which the project provides the student with clear opportunities for research involvement and development of professional experience

Deadline to apply: Thursday, November 12, 2015

The recipients of this award will be expected to:

  • Write a thank-you letter to Mr. and Mrs. Cole

Contact: Susan McDonough, Assistant Director of External Affairs

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Draper Hall
40 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9244
Phone: 413.577.1202
Fax: 413.577.0905

Student Application

Personal Information
Project Information
The faculty sponsor should email nomination materials to Susan McDonough:
Please provide an essay (no more than 500 words) that describes the research you will be working on and how it may address current social problems. Please also provide a detailed research plan. You should discuss how this scholarship would help you achieve your academic and career goals.
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FACULTY SPONSOR INFORMATION: The nomination letter should include a brief description of the research project on which the student will be working, including the projected scope of work and the student’s specific role. Also, please describe the qualities that will make the student a good candidate for this project and the scholarship. Please email nomination materials to Susan McDonough: