Graduate Studies

HEERF Call for Applications

Faculty-Mentored Research & Creative Activities Program

Recovery and Resilience: Student-Faculty Research Partnerships
A Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Program

Deadline: September 27, 2021 

Program Overview

This faculty-guided student research and creative projects program is designed to help counteract the impact of the pandemic by providing hands-on faculty-mentored projects that (re-)engage students in their academic work.  Funding is provided for faculty-mentored projects that support retention and academic progress, close the equity gap, curb feelings of social and intellectual isolation, advance the understanding and response to the pandemic’s impact, and build student and community resiliency for the inevitable next crisis.

Faculty Eligibility:

  • All faculty (including lecturers) committed to providing students with a closely-guided research experience
  • Faculty may sponsor up to two individual students pursuing separate projects or one small student research team (2-5 students) working on the same project
  • Faculty may be asked to participate in one or two peer-facilitated sessions to discuss their mentoring experiences or serve as volunteer presenters in student-research oriented Tipping Point session

Student Eligibility:

  • Enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in any program at all levels in good academic standing
  • Some preference will be given to those who started virtually (transfer, first, and second year students) or are struggling academically.

Project Requirements:

We consider research to be any scholarly or creative activity that leads to the production of new knowledge, insights, and problem-solving capabilities.

  • Research may be undertaken in any academic area utilizing the methods and approaches appropriate to the discipline.
  • Projects may be new or ongoing faculty research or student-designed projects guided by the faculty mentor.
  • Some preference will be given to projects that further the research output of the campus related to some aspect of the pandemic including, for example, health, economic, and cultural impacts; crisis management and control; and building student and community resiliency.
  • Students will be expected to give a public presentation of their work in some form at a campus research forum (i.e., poster or 3-minute presentation), student research competition, or student or professional conference.
  • Students will be required to submit an abstract of their work for publication to Adelante: A Chico State Journal of Student Research and Creative Work by April 1, 2022.
  • Duration: Minimum 8 weeks starting fall 2021, winter 21-22 session, or early spring 2022



  • $1500 for individual student projects (limited to two; separate applications required for each)
  • $3000 for sponsoring a small student team
  • Faculty will be funded through state payroll (subject to 125% of faculty assigned time, all paid by 4/30/22)


  • $4,800 per student (whether working on individual or team projects)
  • Student awards will disburse through Financial Aid and are taxable and subject to withholding. (These funds, however, are not considered student employment and do not count toward the 20 hr/wk work hour restrictions.)

How to Apply

The application (PDF) is to be completed by the faculty mentor and submitted via email to: by September 27, 2021
(Awards will be announced by or before October 15, 2021)            

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions please contact Sharon Barrios at or Brandi Aranguren at