Undergraduate Research Proposal Process
Students may apply for a grant by writing a short proposal that describes the project as well as its goals and time-line for completion. Proposals should be constructed by both the student and faculty member for all collaborative projects. We encourage you to read about previously approved grants.
Grant proposals should:
· Specify the nature of the research, scholarship, or creative work to be undertaken through a brief but comprehensive narrative, written to a general audience.
· Discuss the potential benefits of the experience for the student and faculty mentor/collaborator, including the development of the student as a scholar in the field of study as well as the impact on the future goals of the student.
· Provide a time-line for the work being proposed, including a projected outcome or goal for the work.
· Propose a budget for the project (typically not to exceed $1,500 for the cost of supplies, materials, and travel necessary for the project). Consult the Per Diem Rates to determine the maximum allowance for meals and lodgings in your travel destination.
· Faculty sponsors also should submit a brief letter of support indicating the value of the proposed program, their willingness to mentor the student, and how the project can enhance the faculty member’s own teaching or scholarship.
Grant proposals must be submitted electronically to Dr. Lon Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the Undergraduate Research Celebration Committee. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time. Once a proposal has been approved, students whose project includes travel should follow the Guidelines Regarding Funds for Student Travel. You will only be reimbursed for receipted expenses, such as receipts for meals, lodging, and conference registration.
Please be advised that the College has a policy that airline tickets should be purchased at least forty-five days in advance of travel. Please plan accordingly in submitting proposals that contain a travel component. A higher priority will be placed on proposals that lack other potential sources of funding, either through departmental funds or other college initiatives.
With the exception of internships, project awards may be used for necessary equipment, supplies, travel money, and other expenses associated with the project. The faculty sponsor will oversee the use of these funds. Continuing projects that demonstrate successful progress will be eligible for additional funding. At the conclusion of each semester, participating students and faculty are expected to submit a brief report explaining the progress of the project, its value, and its future potential use. This report should explain the progress of the project, its value, and its future potential use. Student grant recipients also should reflect on the consequences and value of the work for their liberal arts learning while faculty sponsors should comment on how the project has the potential to affect their liberal arts teaching and learning.