Applicants and awardees must be in good standing in the Honors Program.  First year Honors students can apply beginning in the spring semester, with the exception of both “Dualies” and “fast-track” admits from the Clarkson School who are not eligible until the fall semester of their sophomore year. Funding is not available for activities that begin after graduation from the Honors Program, except for travel to conferences to present work done as part of an Honors thesis.

HEES represents an investment by Clarkson in your scholarly and professional development, and may not be used for other activities. The following includes examples of enhancement opportunities eligible for HEES:

  • Supplies, materials and travel expenses involved in approved research, scholarship, and artistic activities
  • Travel and room/board for unpaid international or domestic internships
  • Participation in academic conferences*
  • Fees and travel expenses for study abroad and exchange programs or NCHC programs such as Partners in the Parks
  • Study abroad fees and travel expenses (not tuition) for any of the following:
  • Semester Exchange Program: a full semester at one of our partner schools
  • Global Business Program: a two to four week faculty led trip (UNIV 399)
  • Canadian Studies Program: Introduction to Canada course (UNIV 267)
  • International or domestic service learning trips (UNIV 349)
  • External pre-approved programs open to all full-time students

Examples of ineligible expenses include:

  • Laboratory equipment or other items real property (greater than $75 in value) that would be owned by a faculty member
  • Personal equipment purchases such as iPods, digital cameras, computers, software or any real property not research related that would be owned by the student
  • Travel for personal reasons, recreation, or other activity not directly related to professional development
  • Travel or other expense for religiously affiliated mission trips or political activities
  • Social fraternity/sorority conventions and events
  • Tuition payments for credit-bearing courses
  • Application fees for graduate/professional school
  • Travel to interviews for jobs or graduate school/professional school
  • Fees for study materials and exams for professional certifications
  • Fees for workshops, study materials, or exams related to professional school and graduate school entrance or employment certification (e.g. MCAT, GRE, PE)
*You may apply for funding to attend one approved academic conference even if you are participating only as an observer. A second conference may be funded only if you listed as a presenter in the conference program.


You must complete the application form and receive approval in order to receive funding.  Applications are due on the last Friday of each month during the semester (excluding May) and they are reviewed at the mid-monthly meetings of the HEES Awards Committee, September-November and January-April.  During the summer, the HEES Award Committee will meet as needed to consider applications exclusively for students participating in the Honors Summer Research Program.

The application form asks students to provide biographical information, explain the activity, obtain the support of a faculty member and/or academic advisor, outline their budgetary needs, and describe how they will share insights from their experience with the campus community. 

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