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.

Some examples of engagement activities:

  • a professor brings in a panel of speakers and hosts refreshments for the class to engage with them;
  • a club advisor has a planning meeting with the officers over pizza;
  • a class visits a local landmark or museum;
  • an instructor takes students to a lecture as an extra credit opportunity.

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

How to Apply
Complete the application and submit electronically or in hard copy to

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 throughout the year, 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.