Undergrad Researchers Get a Chance to Test Ideas
Applications Due Sept. 28 for Chance to Work With Faculty on Original Topics
Sept. 4, 2009
Back for a third year of offering undergraduate researchers funding for research expenses, the Office of Vice President for Research has announced Sept. 28 as the deadline for students applying for the 2009 Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards.
The awards pay $500 to students and $300 to faculty members to cover project-related expenses such as equipment and travel. The awards will be made on a competitive basis, and the research can be in any field as long as the research focuses on a serious, credible topic and has faculty supervision.
“These awards offer undergraduates an opportunity to interact with faculty at a level usually reserved for graduate students. These experiences can provide a real leg up in students’ professional or academic careers,” said Dr. Bruce Gnade, vice president for research.
The applications will be reviewed by senior faculty members and evaluated based on the research topic, proposal quality and faculty adviser commitment.
In the spring semester, successful research awardees are required to submit a one-page report summarizing their research activities and must present their results in a poster session scheduled for April 2010.
The program was launched in 2007 with 21 students receiving awards. Last year, there were 42 award winners. Undergraduates Felicity Lenes and Austin Swafford tied for first place in the subsequent poster competition, while Alex Palmer placed third.
This year’s award applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.
For more information or to apply, see the Undergraduate Research Scholar Award Program.