Columbia Undergraduate Business Scholarship (CUBS) Program

The mission of the Columbia Undergraduate Business Scholarship (CUBS) Program is to increase participation of students from underrepresented groups in business research. The program is designed to prepare current Columbia and Barnard undergraduates for a career in business research. CUBS are paired with faculty for whom they work as paid research assistants. This apprenticeship model exposes CUBS to the research challenges tackled in business school settings, teaches them basic research and data-analytics skills, and provides insight into careers in academia.

Who should apply?

This is a multi-disciplinary program, and candidates from all disciplines — including business, statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, the physical sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences — are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate is curious, organized, eager to learn, interested in learning more about a career in academia, and capable of independent work.  

We encourage students from diverse and underrepresented communities to apply.

With whom do fellows work?

CUBS are paired with one of our esteemed faculty in Accounting; Decision, Risk, & Operations; Economics; FinanceManagement; or Marketing. CUBS are paid to work 10 hours per week for their faculty sponsor.

What do fellows learn?

CUBS will learn basic research methodology and develop stronger data analytics skills. The work may include literature reviews, data collection and cleaning, basic data analysis, and the use of statistical software and computer programming languages. 

How long is the program?

The program runs through the academic year, from September through May. 

How do I apply?

To apply, students must submit a resume and a brief statement of interest or cover letter. 

The program is filled for the 2021 - 2022 academic year; we will begin accepting applications for the 2022 - 2023 academic year in April of 2022. 

If you are interested in attending an information session about the program, please fill out the following form. If you have any questions about the program or application, please email [email protected].