Faculty Student Activity Grant Program

Faculty Student Activity Grant Program

The Faculty-Student Activity Grant is temporarily suspended until funding is secured. Make a donation to First Year Experience & Learning Communities to help support the FSAG.



As part of the UC|Great Beginnings initiative, the Center for First Year Experience and Learning Communities has set aside funds to assist with expenses for out-of-class interactions between faculty and their freshmen students.

Connecting with individual faculty members through directed learning experiences that are held outside of the classroom environment enriches students’ collegiate experience. The Faculty-Student Activity Grant program is intended to support faculty-freshmen student interactions as one component of the UC|Great Beginnings initiative. UC|Great Beginnings aims: (1) to help students acquire intellectual and self-management skills needed for success in the university, as well as in life-long learning; (2) to get students engaged with the cultural life and diversity of this large, urban, research university; (3) to focus students’ attention on what their professional and civic responsibilities to the world might be as educated persons; and (4) to advance students’ capacity to make connections between knowledge gained from multiple sources and to apply their increasingly comprehensive understanding to new questions and situations. 

Eligible activities must relate to the learning objectives for a course that enrolls at least 15 freshmen. Upper-year students are welcome to participate in funded activities if they are enrolled in the course. In other words, funding is granted for out-of-class activities for entire course populations with the expectation that at least 15 freshmen will take part.  

Processes and Deadlines:

  • Activities must be sponsored by a course instructor of record or assigned graduate assistant instructor.
  • Applications are accepted from instructors affiliated with any undergraduate course with at least 15 freshmen enrolled.
  • Faculty/instructors who teach large enrollment courses are encouraged to apply. The award process works on a sliding scale. Faculty/instructors who teach larger enrollment courses may request additional funding to accommodate their numbers; instructors who teach smaller enrollment courses may request up to $300 per quarter. The typical award for all applications is $5-9 per student.
  • Requests must be submitted at least 14 days before the proposed activity but no sooner than 45 days prior to the first class period for the course associated with the event. (For example, requests may be submitted in mid-fall quarter for an activity associated with a winter term course.) We recommend providing the review committee as much time as possible to consider your request.
  • Applications for funding must be submitted by email to: fye@uc.edu.
  • Requests will be reviewed promptly by a committee comprised of UC faculty, an undergraduate student representative, and chaired by the Director of the Center for First Year Experience and Learning Communities. Funding decisions of the committee are final.
  • Funds payouts must comply with university accounting policies and practices. Grant recipients are responsible for following university accounting guidelines.  In addition:
    • Our expectation is that faculty will pay for these expenses out of pocket and be reimbursed. If the applicant is unable to cover the cost of the event/activity please inform fye@uc.edu (556-4949) at the time of application to discuss payment arrangements and then re-contact her upon receipt of grant approval to finalize these arrangements.
    • We do not process department-to-department transfers of money prior to the event and do so afterward only with prior approval. We do not reimburse individuals who are not employed by the university.
    • To get reimbursed faculty must submit a completed post-activity report form and itemized original receipts no later than 15 days after the event occurs. Moreover the reimbursement amount may not exceed the receipt total, nor may it exceed the amount approved by the review committee.

Sample Eligible Activities:

  • Class outings or field trips to course-relevant locations, museums, or conservatories
  • Lectures, plays, concerts, or movies that touch upon concepts covered in the course
  • Programs geared toward freshmen where faculty-student interaction and mentoring is the focus

Sample Funded Activities Include:

  • Design lab students attended dinners hosted in faculty homes to learn more about the lifestyles of practicing professionals in architecture and design. Over the course of dinner, the instructor helped the students to relate this experience to various lifestyles and make connections with design issues and principles.
  • English Composition II students, led by a graduate assistant, took a trip to Starbucks to take note of the quotations printed on the cups. Student determined whether these quotes would make effective thesis statements for an essay. They then discussed why or why not while enjoying their beverages.
  • First Year Aerospace Engineering students participated in a Flight Test Competition, hosted and organized by a faculty member.
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology students attended a plant tour of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. in Georgetown, KY.  Students were able to experience the production and design processes they had learned about previously in a class setting.
  • Introduction to Psychology students worked on a research project at Findlay Market to learn about systematic observation and analysis of human behavior. Throughout the course of the day, students interacted with the instructor to get pointers on their research. 
  • Criminal Justice students took a field trip to a local prison to learn how a correctional institute operates, reflects society’s punishment goals, the types of crimes committed by the inmates, the length of their sentences and what their day-to-day routine is like. The bus ride to and from the prison was used for discussion and reflection.
  • Political Science students attended the “Broadway Across America” performance of “Frost/Nixon”. The experience provided a larger context by which to assess the Watergate scandal using a non-conventional teaching method—the performing arts.
  • DAAP students took part in a walking tour of downtown Cincinnati’s architecture in conjunction with the Cincinnati Preservation Association. Students were led through buildings across the city and educated on Cincinnati’s history, its problems, and its current design issues.

Check Out Previous Faculty-Student Activity Grant Events:

This Committee Does Not Support The Following Activities:

  • Pizza parties for end of quarter celebrations
  • Food for study sessions
  • Unit, departmental, or program receptions and similar events
  • Prize giveaways or cash equivalent giveaways   

2009-2010 Faculty-Student Activity Grant Application
2009-2010 Faculty-Student Activity Grant Report
2009-2010 Faculty-Student Activity Grant Sign-in Sheet