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 highly engaged faculty in many departments including Writing and Critical Inquiry, Geography and Planning, Music and Theatre, History, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Physics and more!

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

 CHEER Grants in Action


Students in a Geography and Planning class fly CHEER grant-funded drones on the academic podium in early spring 2018.

Guest artist Sara Juli offers a dance and movement workshop to students. Students learn how to take a personal experience and use movement to tell that story.

Students from the University's Percussion Ensemble learn techniques and play alongside members of San Jose Taiko, a traditional Japanese drumming group.


Students and faculty from the French Department visit a local French bakery.












Students and faculty enjoy guest speakers and lectures during the "Classics of Science Fiction" Film Festival and Lecture Series.


Ellen Sinopoli and Abby Zbikowski from the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company teach a dance styles class to a group of theatre students.

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

 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.