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Supporting excellence in undergraduate research.


Undergraduates can get involved with research through the Polson Institute in several ways.

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Support

Undergraduates in the Department of Development Sociology who are writing an honors thesis are eligible to apply to the Polson Institute for research support.

Support may be used to fund travel to field sites; acquire datasets; present work at a conference or workshop; prepare posters; or support publication fees.

While there is no standard application form, requests for support should be submitted by the thesis advisor to

All requests should provide a short description of the project and a budget justification and will be reviewed by the Steering Committee on a rolling basis.  

The Polson Institute Undergraduate Fellow

The fellow position is a part-time role, on a semester basis, in writing and communicating about global development research at Cornell.

Part of the responsibility of the position will be to develop a proposal or plan of action that they will implement in increasing conversations about development and social science, particularly among students. This could involve thematic blogging, interviewing faculty, event coverage, etc.

They will also support the Director and Program and Communications Associate in serving as a liaison to help involve and engage undergraduate students in the Polson Institute programs and research.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and is currently CLOSED FOR SPRING 2019. For more information on how to apply, please email Christian Elliott.