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Support for extracurricular activities at SEAS
Who provides support for extracurriculars at SEAS? Is Nectar appropriate for my activity?
Who we fund
I am not a SEAS student. Can I still get Nectar funding?
How do I find an appropriate faculty advisor?
First, it is helpful to determine what area your project falls into (mechanical engineering? applied math? computer science?). Second, try to find a couple faculty members whose interests align with your project. You can:
- Spend some time on the faculty websites and find a couple faculty members whose interests align with your project, or
- Talk to the area appropriate Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies (ADUS) for suggestions on which faculty members might be good to contact.
Then email the faculty member and explain who you are, what your project is, and what type of involvement/support you’re looking for. It helps to be succinct and specific in your email.
Do I really need a faculty advisor?
I have already received Nectar funding for my project. Can I apply again?
Additionally, if you are a repeat applicant and certain application answers have not changed (such as your team members), then please feel free to copy and paste from your previous application. We are looking for changes and updates, and we do not want to make you spend time re-writing parts that have not changed.
What we fund
What is a co-curricular initiative?
Does Nectar fund community building or social activities?
Does Nectar fund incorporation-related fees for new ventures?
Does Nectar fund educational outreach programs?
Does Nectar fund 91r projects?
Can I use resources in the SEAS Teaching Labs?
Can I have space to store my project in SEAS?
Do I get to keep everything I purchase with my funding?
How do I buy materials through the SEAS Teaching Labs?
In order to do this, you must reserve some of your budget for Active Learning Labs purchases at the start of the semester. You can do this on the New Vendor Request form that you fill out at the Introductory Meeting. (You will receive the rest of your funds as a check by mail.)
Once you have reserved these funds, you can purchase materials or order new materials by contacting Pete Kjeer.
If you do not use all of the money you reserved for Active Learning Labs purchases and you need it for something else, then we can redirect those funds. However, if you use all of the reserved money and need to add more to that reserved account, you will be unable to do so. So plan wisely.
Since being funded, my project has evolved. Can I change my budget?
Please keep in mind that you cannot increase your budget, you can only change what you are purchasing with your funds.
Can I submit a Project idea in the middle of the semester?
What is the IP Policy?
You can read about Harvard’s IP Policy here. We advise that you keep an inventor’s notebook with dates, etc, to keep track of all of your IP. Please note that the more Harvard resources you use, the more likely it is that Harvard will own part of your IP. We don’t expect the amount of resources provided by Nectar to affect this, but please keep in mind that all IP issues are decided on a case-by-case basis.