CHEER Fund

Creating Highly Engaging Educational Resources

The CHEER Fund supports faculty and staff initiated undergraduate engagement activities by reimbursing up to $250.00 of incurred expenses. Engagement activities can be loosely defined as opportunities for personal interaction between faculty/staff and undergraduate students that create a mutual sense of intellectual investment. In other words, anything that sparks our students’ interest in learning might qualify for a CHEER grant.

Examples of engagement activities:
• a professor brings in a panel of speakers and hosts refreshments for the class to engage with them
• a faculty member brings alumni to campus to hold a workshop for students
• a class visits a local landmark or museum
• an instructor takes students to a lecture or performance as an extra credit opportunity


 Who does the CHEER Grant support?

We are excited to have supported the highly engaged faculty in the following departments: Writing and Critical Inquiry, Geography and Planning, Music and Theatre, History, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Physics! Thank you for all of the hard work that you do to engage your students!

Projects and activities that received CHEER grant funding this year include: a Film Festival and Lecture Series, the annual Joseph Henry Physics competition among students, guest speakers for a Brazilian Popular Culture class, a trip to the Tenement Museum in New York City, and Era Uma Vez, a program designed to help engage children whose heritage language is Portuguese.

We appreciate everyone who applied, and are thrilled by the diversity of activities that CHEER grants can help support.


 Eligibility
All faculty and staff are eligible to apply. All creative engagement proposals will be considered, though preference may be given to proposals that engage a large number of students.

How to Apply

Complete the application and submit to

 E-mail  studentengagement@albany.edu
 In person  Lecture Center 31
 By Mail

Student Engagement
Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, LC 31
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12222

Award Notification
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis each semester, until program funds are exhausted. Successful applicants will be notified by email within fifteen days of application submission. Proposals requesting $100.00 or less will be eligible for expedited review, and can expect decisions within one week of submission.