Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SOURCE STEM)


Students must identify a mentor prior to completing the SOURCE STEM summer application. The Undergraduate Research Office is available for assistance in identifying a faculty mentor.   CWRU undergraduates conducting research related to Science, Engineering, Technology or Mathematics (STEM) are eligible to apply for SOURCE STEM funding.  Applicants must be continuing as undergraduates in Fall 2024 and awardees must be registered for Fall classes prior to beginning the summer project. Projects must be completed at CWRU, and/or be under the supervision of a CWRU faculty member. Most all applicants are working in labs of faculty (i.e. and not solitary, independent projects). Eligible faculty mentors include our affiliates at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the VA Hospital, University Circle museums and other affiliated institutions. 

The SOURCE STEM program allows for reasonable and limited flexibility.  With the project mentor's approval and SOURCE notification, students may take off 1-2 weeks during the traditional 10-week summer program (May 28 - August 2) and adjust their start and/or end time accordingly to engage in a full 10 week research program. Part-time project applications are accepted.  Although the length of the program is flexible, awardees are expected to attend at least 10 educational seminars that are offered weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the 10-week program.  Awardees will receive $4000 for full-time engagement.  Awardees may apply for a limited number of Undergraduate Research Office housing supplements (up to $1000 each).  Priority will be given to under-resourced students.

Undergraduate Research Office Summer Course Policy and More.  Students who are awarded full research scholarships ($4,000) cannot enroll in more than one summer class for a maximum of 4 hours. However, students may not enroll in physics 115, 116, 121, 122, 123 or 124 and participate in a full-time SOURCE funded summer research experience. If students wish to take a physics course or enroll for more than 4 credit hours over the summer they must apply as a part-time SOURCE STEM applicant. Please review the complete Summer Course Policy.  

While students may apply for funding for different projects, students may not accept funding for 2 different projects (that is, for example, students may not be part of the ENGAGE program and receive SOURCE funding for a separate project). If you are accepted into more than one program, you must choose in which program you want to participate. Faculty mentors may (and are encouraged to) supplement SOURCE funding with supplies and/or stipend support.

Application Procedures

Please Note: Students cannot save and return to the online application.  It is necessary that students complete all application materials and have them available prior to beginning the online application.

The online application consists of the following:

  1. Completion of all required application questions.  You will need to know your project mentor's department and email.  
  2. A 3-5 page proposal (double- or single-spaced) that is written in your own writing. Please do not copy and paste from your mentor's proposals.  Please include the following in your proposal:
    • First Page: Title Page - Your name, major, project title, 3 research descriptive key words, mentor's name, and department.
    • Following Pages (pages 2-4) - (a) Project background or overview, (b) significance/contribution of the research to the broader field, (c) objective or research question, (d) comprehensive methodology, (e) time commitment required for the project, (f) connection with your educational and career goals, and (g) budget summary.  Note:  It is acceptable for the budget summary to be one sentence (e.g. I am requesting $4,000 in stipend support or I am requesting $3500 in stipend support and $500 in supplies).
    • If your project involves human subjects that require IRB approval, you must include a section in your proposal about where you are in the IRB approval process.
    • Please note: 5-page maximum, including title page and references
    • Last Page - Reference Page (if applicable)
  3. Resume  - Please include student groups and leadership activities.

Please save your proposal and resume as .pdf.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is February 15 at 11:59 PM.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed to confirm that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria. Application reviewers will evaluate application files and identify recipients based on the strength and educational value of the proposal, the feasibility of the project, and the overall support of the faculty sponsor.

Funding Announcement

SOURCE will inform students about funding status on or by April 14, 2024.

Online Funding Application

Feb 16, 2024 update: System is ready for 2023 applicants to submit 2024 applications!  The URO appreciates your understanding and patience.  Please take time to submit your 2024 PSURG or STEM applications today.  

Use the blue button below to access the summer funding application.

Summer Funding Application

Before beginning the application: log out of your internet applications and open the SOURCE application in incognito/private browsing mode. Log in with your CWRU network ID and password. This should eliminate many issues.

Difficulty accessing your documents? If you have problems opening the application or uploading documents please try another internet browser (specifically, Internet Explorer or Safari) or use incognito mode (private browsing) in your current browser. Plugins may interfere with parts of the form functionality. You may also need to be logged into your CWRU email and log out of any other programs online.

Difficulty attaching your documents? Please note that your browser security setting or add-ons can prevent the form from loading or submitting correctly. If you run into any issues, follow the steps below:

  1. Copy the form link:
  2. Launch a new browser window with private browsing enabled:
    • Google chrome: Ctrl + Shift + N
    • Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge: Ctrl + Shift + P
    • Apple Safari: Shift + Command + N
  3. Paste the form link into the new browser window and complete your application.

Faculty Mentor Sponsor Form

Use the blue button below to access the faculty sponsor form.

Faculty Sponsor Form

Please note: faculty cannot submit their sponsor form until after students have submitted their application.  Applicants cannot access this form.  Please provide your faculty mentor with the link to this page along with your 7 digit student ID number and CWRU network ID.  If your faculty mentor does not have CWRU network access, please email and provide your faculty mentor's email.  SOURCE will email the form to your project mentor.

An application is considered complete when both the online application and the Faculty Mentor Sponsor Form are submitted.