Undergraduate Research

Summary of Undergraduate Research Grant Funding - Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

In 2015-16, 75 students received Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Grants, and 53 students received Student Travel Grants. A total of $95,624 was awarded.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities proposals are each evaluated by three faculty members. Students majoring in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences (Adventure Ed, Anthropology, Athletic Training, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Geosciences, Math, Psychology, Physics, Public Health) had their proposals reviewed by faculty from the natural and behavioral sciences; students majoring in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (Art, English, GWS, History, Modern Languages, Music, NAIS, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre) had their proposals reviewed by a committee of faculty from those disciplines. Proposals were reviewed (on a scale of excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor) based on the following criteria:

Criteria:

  • Is the purpose, question, or problem clearly described for a general audience?
  • Is the proposed work reasonable to achieve the purpose, answer the question, or solve the problem?
  • Is the itemized budget appropriate for the project and clearly justified?

Proposals which scored “poor” in any category were eliminated from consideration. The average ranking of each proposal was calculated (excellent = 5, very good = 4, good = 3, fair = 2, poor = 1), and proposals with an average ranking below “good” were also eliminated. Proposals with average scores of 3.67 (good to very good) were recommended for funding.

In fall of 2015, there were 23 proposals for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Grants, requesting a total of $59,700. Because many proposals came from groups, a total of 60 students were involved in the research proposals. Ten proposals had average score of 3.67 (good to very good) or higher, and were recommended for funding (totaling $34,692 to 38 students). 

In spring of 2016, there were 25 proposals for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Grants, requesting a total of $29,104. Because many proposals came from groups, a total of 39 students were involved in the research proposals. Twenty-two proposals had average scores of 3.67 (good to very good) or higher, and were recommended for funding (totaling $27,992 to 37 students). 

In addition, travel grants (totaling $32,940 to 53 students) were awarded to students presenting research at professional conferences and performing at theatre and music festivals.