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Undergraduate Research/ Creative Activity
In alignment with the College of Arts & Science’s Strategic Plan, faculty and their undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for funds to support scholarly or creative projects. The goal of the A&S Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity (R/CA) Fund is to provide undergraduate students with research and creative activity experiences that enhance their learning. Prospective participants are invited to submit proposals, including detailed budgets, for work during the Spring and/or Summer terms of 2017.
The proposed work may include data collection and analysis; journal article development; student travel associated with presentations at conferences; performances; productions; workshops; or other research activities; as well as other professional development experiences. The maximum individual R/CA award is $3,500 (up to $3,000 from the College of A&S and up to $500 additional from the Office of the Vice President of Research to support student travel to present research findings at an academic conference). The deadline to apply is October 26, 2016 (see detailed timeline under Awards Timetable).
Members of the Resources and Infrastructure Committee within the College of Arts & Sciences will review and score proposals and make recommendations to the Dean, who will award funding in consultation with the VPR.
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- Applicants must include at least one undergraduate student* and one faculty member.
- The faculty member can be of any rank.
- The undergraduate student must be a major within A&S or be working closely with a faculty member advisor in A&S. Graduate students can be involved, but their direct financial support cannot be included.
- Departments and programs can submit multiple proposals. If more than one proposal is submitted, the department chair/program director is required to rank the proposals and to justify his/her rankings in writing when the proposals are submitted to the College.
*If you plan to use a portion of the funds to pay a student as irregular help and they have not already worked in a paid position with you, please do not identify a particular student in your proposal. In such cases, faculty who receive A&S Undergraduate R/CA funds will be required to post an advertisement for student irregular help so that all undergraduate students have an opportunity to apply.(Note: The students will need to apply for the position and be chosen through an objective interview process). If you are already employing the student and/or you are requesting funds to support student travel, this process is not required and you can identify a student
- Proposals may focus on any research or creative activity involving undergraduate and A&S faculty collaboration.
- The undergraduate(s) must be actively involved in the proposed research/creative activity. Proposals in which students play a central role have funding priority.
- Requests for undergraduate travel are permitted if the travel is associated with conducting the research/creative activity. Proposals requesting conference travel funds only are allowed, but have lower funding priority.
- Proposed budgets should not exceed $3,000. Applicants are encouraged to seek a match from departmental or program funds if appropriate. Fund matches must be noted in the submitted budget.
- Proposals that fail to follow the guidelines outlined in this document will be denied.
- Students who accept funds agree to have their projects communicated via social media and to write a thank you letter to donors who provide gifts to support undergraduate research and creative activities.
Cover sheet: Complete the cover sheet included in the application packet.
Project narrative: In 1,000 words or less, describe the nature of the project, the impact that the research/creative activity will have on the student, the roles to be played by the student and faculty advisor, and the need for the funding.
Budget: Complete the Budget Request Form in the application packet. Clearly describe how the requested funds will be spent. Note that equipment purchases are not allowed. For additional instructions, please refer to the document “Budget Guidelines for Research Initiatives.”
Award Selection Criteria
Members of the Resources and Infrastructure Committee within the College of Arts & Sciences will review and score proposals and make recommendations to the Dean, who will award funding.
Reviewers will be asked to evaluate and rank applications according to the following criteria:
- Quality of the proposed research/creative quality;
- Significance of the role for the undergraduate student(s);
- Type of involvement by the undergraduate student(s) (e.g., production of the research/creative activity vs. conference travel);
- Impact of award monies on the project (i.e., will the monies contribute significantly to the project’s successful completion?). Note that an award that is less than the requested amount can be recommended by the committee;
- Adherence to the proposal guidelines that are outlined in this document.
A project report must be submitted to the A&S Dean’s office within two months of the close of the program. The report should clearly summarize the activities funded by the A&S Undergraduate R/CA Fund monies. Faculty not completing a final report on time are ineligible for future funding.
Oct. 26, 2016: Proposals are due to the A&S Dean’s Office in MS Word or PDF format. Please submit to Carrie Jackson via email at: email@example.com. In the email subject line, please type “UG R/CA Fund.” Members of the Resources and Infrastructure Committee will review and score the proposals and make recommendations to the Dean. The final decision on awards are made by the Dean.
Dec. 2, 2016: Awards are announced.
Jan. 1, 2017: Start of the award period.
Aug. 15, 2017: All award monies must be spent.
Oct. 14, 2017: Final reports are due to the A&S Dean’s Office.