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Application Guidelines


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Undergraduate Education (UE) offers quarterly grants in support of faculty mentored research.  Minigrant funding supports undergraduate students through two types of grants:

1) Research Mini-Grants - Open to all majors

This grant category enables undergraduates to participate in a faculty mentored research, creative or artistic projects of their own design.  Proposals for these grants will be evaluated by a Review Committee, which is composed of faculty members from differing disciplines and one UE staff member. The primary criteria upon which the grants will be awarded include: student GPA; proposal originality and student project-independence; clarity and feasibility of the proposal; clear methodology; clear timeline; well justified budget; references/citations; and faculty mentor’s letter of recommendation/endorsement of proposal.


Funding:
  • Up to $1,000 for research travel and supplies, no salary.

AY 2016/2017 Award Period and Proposal Deadlines:

PROPOSAL DEADLINEAWARD FUNDING QUARTER
November 14, 2016 Winter Quarter - 2017
February 6, 2017 Spring Quarter - 2017
May 8, 2017 Summer & Fall Quarters - 2017

Research Mini-Grant Proposal Guidelines:

  • All proposals should be typed using 12pt font, 1” margins, double space is preferred (1 1/2 may be considered), no more than 3 pages. The proposal must be submitted by 5pm on the application deadline.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • Proposal Narrative (2-3 pages) that outlines the research project and includes the following five elements:
      • Introduction/statement of goals: Clearly state what your project is and what is its relevance. If relevant, what’s your hypothesis? State what are your goal(s) and objective(s)?
      • Methodology/Evaluation: Describe your proposed activities. Provide an implementation plan, timeline, and a clearly defined evaluation of your outcome/product (demonstrate how you will know if your outcomes are successful).
      • Budget and Budget Justification: Provide a budget breakdown and a detailed justification that explains the resources that are needed for the project indicating their relevance and cost. Prioritize your expenses based on level of importance to your project (this is important in case your proposal cannot be fully funded).
      • Statement of qualifications to undertake the project, include the relevance to your degree and career plans.
      • Citations/references to support your research.
    • A letter of support from faculty mentor who will provide the oversight of the proposed project. This letter must be completed by the faculty mentor. Faculty mentor, please address (1) the appropriateness of the student's research qualification, (2) the student’s ability to carry out the proposed project; (3) the relationship between the student’s project and your own research, scholarly, or creative activities; (4) what interactions you will have with the student over the course of the project; and (5) approve the expense justification.  Upon submission of the application the system will email the professor a link to upload the letter of recommendation.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with the letter writer to ensure that they are aware of the submissions process and deadline to upload the letter.

Allowable expenses for Research Mini-grants include:

  • Project supplies and materials*
  • Computer software not normally available through faculty mentor*
  • Research-related domestic travel (mileage/airfare/university vehicle rental)
  • Cameras and camcorders.*
  • Stipends for human subjects to participate in surveys must have appropriate IRB approval for use of human subjects. Proof of approval must be submitted with the application for consideration.

*All purchased supplies, materials, and computer software are University property and must remain in the faculty mentor’s laboratory or home department.

Items that will not be funded include:

  • Student stipends or salary payments
  • Desktop computers; laptops; computer tablets
  • Reimbursements of activities that occurred prior to the project award period.

2) Conference Travel Mini-Grants - Open to all majors

This grant category enables undergraduates who have been active participates in a faculty mentored research, creative or artistic project to present research outcomes at a disciplinary specific conference.  Preference will be given to proposals that have been funded through the Minigrant program.  The primary criteria upon which the grants will be awarded include: proof of acceptance to present at a research conference, student GPA; overall clarity of the research; outcomes that have been achieved and their relevance to the field; the relevance of the specific conference; expected learning outcomes of attending the conference.   The faculty mentor’s letter of recommendation should support the relevance of the specific conference to the discipline, professional development the student will undertake in preparation for presenting the research outcomes.

Funding:

  • Up to $1,000 for travel related to research presentation at a scholarly conference.

    AY 2016/2017 Award Period and Proposal Deadlines:
ROPOSAL DEADLINEAWARD FUNDING QUARTER
   
November 14, 2016 Winter Quarter - 2017
February 6, 2017 Spring Quarter - 2017
May 8, 2017 Summer/Fall Quarters - 2017

Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Mini-Grant Criteria:

  • All proposals should be typed using 12pt font, 1” margins, double space is preferred, no more than 3 pages. The proposal must be submitted by 5pm on the application deadline.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Abstract:  Upload the abstract that was submitted to the conference.
  • Proposal Request (2-3 pages) that clearly explains the research that has been conducted (brief summary of methodology, also indicate if research has been funded by the minigrant program); outcomes that have been achieved and their relevance to the field; the relevance of the specific conference; expected learning outcomes of attending the conference.  (to be uploaded)
    • Budget should include a realistic budget and a detailed justification that explains the travel expenditures.  Prioritize your expenses based on level of importance (this is important in case your proposal cannot be fully funded).
    • Proof of acceptance to present at the conference.  This confirmation letter can be added at the end of your Proposal Request.  If you do not yet have this, indicate so in your proposal.  If you are funded, the award will be contingent upon receiving this confirmation.
  • A letter of support from faculty mentor who has provided the oversight of the proposed project. This letter must be completed by the faculty mentor. Faculty mentor, please address (1) student's research outcomes, (2) the relevance of the conference within the research discipline; (3) professional development the student will undertake in preparation for presenting research outcomes (4) approve the expense justification. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with the letter writer to ensure that they are aware of the submissions process and deadline to upload the letter.

Allowable expenses for Conference Travel Grants include:

  • Travel for the purpose of presenting research/creative activity work at a scholarly conference (airfare/registration/mileage/accommodations/food/University vehicle rental)

Items that will not be funded include:

  • Reimbursements of conference expenses that occurred prior to the award period.  Exceptions may be considered for conference presentation expenses that have not been funded by any other source AND could not have been submitted during the last RFP.  You should demonstrate in the proposal that the call for submissions occurred after the last minigrant deadline.

3) Additional Information

  • All award funds not spent by the end of the academic year (June 30) will revert back to Undergraduate Education.  No extensions will be granted.
  • “How to Write a Proposal” Workshops will be held quarterly, please visit the Student Success Workshop Series for dates and times.
  • Recipients of a mini-award whose project proposals that are deemed exceptional will be asked to share the proposal to assist future students in developing appropriate submissions.

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