Undergraduate Research Initiative
Awards for Scholarly, Creative and Artistic Projects
Call for Proposals
Once again, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Provost are providing grant support for undergraduate research and for creative or artistic projects. This is a joint initiative that underscores the importance that the Vice President for Research and the Provost place on providing such opportunities to undergraduate students.
Proposals for these grants will be evaluated by the Undergraduate Research Initiative Committee, which is composed of faculty and students from various disciplines. Students chosen for support will receive a grant of up to $1,000 to help support his or her project. All undergraduate students in good standing are eligible. This includes both full-time and part-time students. One of the goals is to distribute the awards to students with quality projects representing a wide variety of departments and the full range of diversity within the University.
The program provides funds to undergraduates to participate in original research or creative or artistic projects of their own design. These projects require supervision by a faculty sponsor.
To apply for a grant, a student (or group of up to three students) must complete a proposal form and submit the proposal along with a letter of support from a faculty sponsor. For any project involving human subjects or vertebrate animal subjects, the proposal must state whether or not Institutional Review Board (IRB) or, respectively, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval is critical to the project, and provide evidence that approval is being sought where relevant. Any group focused on a single project is eligible for individual project-level funding, i.e., $1,000, plus $200 for each additional student in the group, up to three students total.
The grants have certain limitations: (1) an individual undergraduate can receive only one award in an academic year; (2) funds may be used only to support projects which include original student research, creative or artistic endeavors; (3) where necessary, IRB or IACUC approval must be obtained before work on the project begins; and (4) upon completion of the project, the student must submit a final report to the faculty sponsor and the Director of Research Development. Grantees are requested to cite this support in any publicity that may result from their project.
Proposals must be submitted no later than November 6, 2015. Questions should be directed to Karen Markin, Director of Research Development at 874-5971.