Capstone Resources and Undergraduate Funding Opportunity

(Updated 3/24/2014)



The Office for Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) or Undergraduate Research is charged with supporting and promoting the research and creative efforts of our undergraduate students. SOURCE sponsors the Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session (formerly the Senior Capstone Fair). The Fall 2014 semester will take place on December 5, 2014 in Adelbert Gym from noon to 2:45 p.m. The registration deadline is November 5, 2014. More information about the symposium and poster session is available through SOURCE.

A note from SOURCE Director, Dr. Sheila Pedigo: "I encourage all of you who are involved in senior capstone projects and other research and creative projects to present your work. I want to especially encourage humanities and arts students to consider presenting their work. You don't have to present a poster! I also want to work with performance students about possibilities for presenting your work."

SOURCE 2014 spring and summer schedules will be posted online in advance of upcoming deadlines. Please contact for more information.

Community Outreach

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, CCEL, (368-6960) helps students design Capstones with a community-based focus or a community service component.  A CCEL staff member can serve as a Capstone Mentor and provide assistance with the selection, development, and implementation of the Capstone Project. Students are encouraged to consult with the Betsy Banks, Assistant Director,, early in the process, preferably during the semester prior to enrollment in the Capstone itself.

Center for Community Partnerships provides information about CWRU and its connections to the local community.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History welcomes CWRU students doing capstone projects tied to the CMNH.  Most of the CMNH curators hold adjunct positions at Case and may be qualified to serve as mentors.


You're about to start on your Capstone project. Will you need the following?

* Statistical data from the Census Bureau?
* Standards or patent information for your engineering project?
* Newspaper articles... from 1792?
* Dozens- or hundreds- of references with RefWorks or EndNote?

Save time and effort by asking for help from the professionals at the Kelvin Smith Library, who can help you define your search, and much more. Please contact William Claspy at or call, 368-3595, to arrange a consultation.


From:   Cyrus Taylor, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Re:       Undergraduate Funding Opportunity

The university is aware of the need for significant financial resources to support the Capstone Program and plans to raise additional funds for this purpose. SOURCE is currently the only central, university-wide office with programs in place to support students' Capstone-related financial needs. Individual schools and departments may have other funds available. 

The College of Arts & Sciences Experiential Learning Fellowship supports a wide range of undergraduate student projects including but not limited to support of research projects, Senior Capstone projects, travel to research conferences to present research, or project-oriented travel abroad associated with completion of majors or minors programs in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Currently, the Experiential Learning Fellowship consists of three funds and two externships. The eligibility criteria for each opportunity varies. To learn more, follow the links to: the Rocks, the Experiential Learning Fellowship in Anthropology, the Traub, The Mann, and the Sears-Swetland.  Please contact Associate Dean Stephen Haynesworth,, (x2740) if you have any questions.


The Office of Undergraduate Studies helps students apply for national scholarships, some of which might provide assistance to a student with a SAGES Capstone project. Please feel free to make an appointment with Scott Hardy, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies, at 368-2928 or email your questions regarding scholarship and grant opportunities for students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Examples of funding for national scholarships include:

The Barry M Goldwater Scholarship, established by Congress in 1986, is designed to attract outstanding students into careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to students who are sophomores or juniors during the current academic year and who have excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in and potential for careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.  A Goldwater Scholarship provides $7,500 per year. Case can only nominate up to four candidates each year, so there is a preliminary application screening process. If you wish to be considered, please contact Dean Hardy,, by October 31, 2013 in Sears 357 to find out more information.

NSEP (National Security Education Program) scholarships support summer and school-year study abroad for students studying in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Language study MUST be part of the program. All majors are eligible, but preference is given to specific majors. " Favored majors" are normally: engineering, science, computer science, management, international studies, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and history. PRELIMINARY SCREENING: Plan to meet with Dean Hardy,, in September or October to identify an appropriate study abroad program and to review NSEP application requirements.


Links to Scholarship and Grant Opportunities for Students in the College of Arts and Sciences

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING FELLOWSHIPS encourage and support undergraduate student projects in the humanities, arts, and social sciences for the purpose of providing opportunities for experiential learning to students  seeking a major or minor in these disciplines. A wide range of student projects are eligible for funding including support of research projects, travel to research conferences and travel abroad to enhance and complement course work associated with completion of majors or minors programs in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

GEORGE S. TRAUB UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH GRANTS   The George S. Traub Memorial Undergraduate Research Fund was established to support current juniors and seniors who are pursuing degrees offered by the College of Arts and Sciences related to the history, politics, public policy, or economics of the Northern Ohio region. Any student receiving these funds shall be designated a George S. Traub Memorial Fellow.

PETER WITT SCHOLARSHIPS for students seeking bachelor's degrees awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences:  Arts and Sciences students who will be seniors or juniors next year and who are involved in community service or volunteer activities that engage them with people in the Cleveland community, are encouraged to apply for the PETER WITT SCHOLARSHIP. 

PHI BETA KAPPA RESEARCH GRANTS for students in undergraduate or graduate degree programs of the College of Arts and Sciences.  The Case chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society sponsors research grants ranging up to a few hundred dollars for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences.