Small Grants Program To Support Undergraduate Research

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This application should be filled out by the student(s) and the faculty mentor(s). If more than one student is involved in the same project, submit a single application and identify each student involved in the project. Only a single faculty statement is required. Faculty members that have served as mentors on projects that received support within the past three years from the Office of Undergraduate Research must complete the prior support portion of the application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Student(s) receiving support are required to participate in the 17th annual Student Research and Creativity Celebration scheduled for May 1st-2nd, 2015. This event provides students an opportunity to present their preliminary or completed research and creative activities in a student-friendly and supportive environment. The deadline for submitting applications is March 17, 2015.

Fall Deadlines:
Student: October 8, 2014
Faculty Mentor: October 10, 2014

Spring Deadlines:
Student: February 23, 2015
Faculty Mentor: February 25, 2015

The Office of Undergraduate Research strives to review applications and notify faculty mentors within two weeks of the deadline date. Faculty mentors are expected to share award notification information with their student(s). Students are not contacted directly.

Student Contact Information
Name of primary student contact:
Email address of primary student contact. An email address must be provided before any information will be saved:
Expected Date of Graduation:
Names of Additional Students
Faculty Mentor Contact Information
Name of primary faculty mentor:
Email address of primary faculty mentor:
Office Phone:
Project Information to be Completed By Student
Title of Research Project:
Proposed starting date:
Proposed ending date:
Budget request (Note: Minimum budget request: $100. Maximum request for single student project is $400; Maximum request for two or more students working together on a single project is $600):
Description of the research and/or creative activity. The description should include the goals and anticipated outcomes of the project, including methodology and relevant bibliography. The description will be used to judge the merit of the project for funding and should provide adequate detail to make it clear what research/scholarly/creative activity is being conducted and how the project contributes to new knowledge or creative works. It should be between 750 and 1000 words in length and be written for an audience of educated people not in your discipline.
Check if project involves any activity requiring compliance review
If above is checked, you need to contact your faculty mentor to complete the application for review. No research funds will be released until completion of compliance review (research exempt or approved).

Budget List each item or service requested and the estimated cost. Student salary is not allowed.
Briefly explain why each item is being requested (e.g., how it is related to the project). Note: If the total project cost is more than $400 (single student project) or $600 (2 or more students working on the same project), the budget explanation must clearly indicate how the requested amount would be used, the source(s) of the additional funds to carry out the project, and how the project would proceed if the other funding is not obtained.

REQUIREMENT: Receipts must be saved and forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Research at the end of the project.

Note: Budget can not be used to print posters, purchase office supplies, routine photocopying, or software already installed on department computers. Students should take advantage of camera and tape recorder rental service available through the E.H. Butler Library.

Identify any anticipated publication, presentation, exhibit, and/or performance resulting from the research/creative activity.
Project Information to be Completed By Faculty Mentor
Statement of the Faculty Advisor. Statement of the Faculty Advisor. Provide a statement (approximately 500 words) describing how you will mentor (guide and support) the student throughout the proposed activity and the preparation of the student(s) to undertake the project. Be very specific about how many times per week you plan to meet with your student and describe how you will monitor your student's progress. (Limit your answer to around 500 words).

If project involves research requiring compliance review (see statement must include timeline for review. No research funds will be released until completion of compliance review (research exempt or approved).

Summary of outcomes from prior support from the Office of Undergraduate Research. Describe activities (e.g., presentations, performances, and/or publications) and other outcomes for students funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research within the past three years

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