Academically Related Reserves Account
Each CSUN student pays per semester for the Associated Students fee. Fifty cents per student per semester of that fee is put in the Academically Related Reserves Account (ARRA), for a total this year of approximately $100,000.
The purpose of ARRA is to encourage individual (or small group) CSUN undergraduate and graduate students’ intellectual development through partial funding of the costs associated with the creation of original research or other scholarly works (papers, posters, performance pieces, etc.), and their presentation at academic or professional conferences or competitions.Up to $2,000 is available for small group academic research projects, and typically, up to $500 per person. The following are hypothetical examples of eligible research projects:
- Thesis research/projects
- Senior projects which may include interviews, field trips, animation, etc.
- Film projects, screenwriting, play, workshop, musical work and performance
- Scientific and quasi-scientific study or experiment
- Research projects relating to one’s academic discipline
Up to $500 (a maximum of $3,000 for as many as six persons per conference) is available for travel to academic conferences. Examples of covered expenditures include conference registration fees, airfare, hotel, and ground transportation. Students must submit proof of an invitation to present from the upcoming conference.
ARRA funding is available on a first come-first served basis. There is no annual application process. Requests for ARRA funding may be submitted at least one month before needed throughout the academic year by currently enrolled students. In order to qualify for presentation-related conference travel, students must submit proof of an invitation or receipt from the upcoming conference. Retroactive funding is not permitted.