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:
- 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
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.