The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship office is pleased to offer several forms of funding to support faculty-led undergraduate student research, scholarship and creative activity. Faculty in all academic disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals.
Applicants must submit: A completed application to include the project description. The project description should not exceed two pages in length using standard one inch margins and at least 11 point font size and must include the following sections:
For better tracking, all funded projects will require the student to be enrolled in a course (CURS or other if applicable).
Supplies and materials: This funding is available to faculty members working with undergraduates, either in a class (such as XXXX 3990, 4990...) or as individuals, who need supplies in order to complete their research or scholarly activity (e.g. specialized books, materials, film, chemicals, equipment, etc.).
Faculty travel with undergraduate students for undergraduate research activity: This funding is intended to support faculty traveling with students to engage in or present research. Faculty mentors should explain the activity or conference to which s/he is traveling, how many students s/he is accompanying, and if s/he will also be presenting, researching, or working and in what capacity. Priority is given to faculty who are accompanying students who will be presenting research. These funds are for faculty travel expenses only and do not support student expenses. Students needing funds for travel should ask their department and college regarding support.
Generally, CURS grants are not awarded to support class assignments or class projects. CURS grants are intended to encourage faculty-student work that extends beyond the normal classroom. A review of previously funded projects will help give you a better idea of the variety of projects previously funded.
Funding will depend on the number of applicants, available funds, and feasibility of proposed research and/or scholarship. In fall 2015 the maximum awarded for a single project was $1,400 and the average award was $770. Please keep this in mind when submitting your proposals. The proposals will be reviewed by a faculty panel composed of members of the CURS Advisory Committee and others as needed. High quality projects which are likely to further the mission of CURS will be most favorably reviewed.
Please contact Melissa Knapp at email@example.com if you have any questions.