STUDENT PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
student programs are intended to support student-originated and
student-conducted research and creative activity. Faculty serve as mentors on
these projects and are responsible for the financial components. Students must
be enrolled at UNK during the grant award period. The URC is interested in
promoting activities that encourage student-faculty collaboration, involve
several students working on a single problem, or are interdisciplinary in
A. Undergraduate Student Research
competitively selected. A request for up to $400 may be made for operating
expenses, supplies and travel. Partial support is expected from the department
and/or student participant(s). Students may also receive partial support to
present their results at national or regional meetings through the Student
Conference Presentation Program.
B. Summer Student Research Program (SSRP)
The SSRP is a program to develop
scholarly skills and knowledge among undergraduate students. Participating students work one-on-one with
full-time faculty to develop and implement original research and creative projects
during the summer, and they gain broad understanding of scholarship across the
disciplines through group activities.
These activities include a research methods seminar, weekly meetings,
field trips, a fall symposium to present papers, and presentations at national academic
conferences. To be eligible, applicants
must be enrolled full time in the Spring and Fall of 2013, not graduate before
December 2014, and be eligible to work in the United States.
Session: October 8, MSAB Sisler Room, 2:30
– 3:15 p.m.
Deadline: January 31, 2014.
information visit http://www.unk.edu/acad/gradstudies/ssrp/home.html
Undergraduate Research Fellows program supports student-faculty collaborative
work on scholarly projects during the academic year. Participating students
work one-on-one with full-time faculty to develop and implement original
research and creative projects (working about 5 hours per week). The design of
the projects is tailored to the individual, taking into consideration their
abilities, prior coursework, and interests. Students present their projects at
UNK’s Student Research Day in the Spring. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled
full time, have a GPA of 3.0, and be eligible to work in the United States.
Interested students should attend the information session, and work with their
faculty mentor to develop the application.
Information Sessions: For Spring
applications , October 17
applications, March 13
Application Deadlines: Spring 2014
application, November 8
Fall 2014 application, April
For more information visit http://www.unk.edu/ugr
D. Student Conference Presentation
provided to assist undergraduate student presentations of research and creative
projects at scholarly meetings. Partial funding will be provided up to a
maximum of $300, with the remainder
expected of the student or department. Documentation must be provided that
the project has been accepted for presentation and the student is
presenting. Students supported through this program are also expected to
participate in the UNK Student Research Day held during the spring semester.
Support for multi-authored presentations may be reduced accordingly or limited
to the first author.
application for travel funds must include:
1. The abstract or paper submitted for
consideration as a presentation.
2. The acceptance letter for the presentation.
3. A description of the student’s role in the presentation (paper
presentation or poster).
4. URC application form
to the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity – Founders Hall
2111 – at least one month prior to the conference.
also apply for Travel support through SET fee funds administered by the Senior
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (FNDH 1000). Contact SVCAA’s office for details about
III. STUDENT RESEARCH DAY
Student Research Day is designed to give students the opportunity to present
the results of collaborative research and creative activity conducted with
faculty members. Student research
accomplishments and the important role faculty play as mentors will be
highlighted. Results from research and creative activity from all disciplines
represented in the UNK academic community are encouraged, and participation may
be in poster or oral presentation format.
undergraduate UNK student engaged in collaborative or independent research is
eligible to participate. Students need not have received funding from a grant
program to participate in the UNK Student Research Day. Student awards and the
Faculty Mentor awards are announced at the SRD Reception.
forms are available from the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative
Activity and on our website, unk.edu/ugr.
UNK Student Research Day is scheduled for April 10, 2014. Application for
participation must be submitted by February 13, 2014.
Instructions for Proposal Writing
preparing a proposal, applicants should realize that the URC is
multidisciplinary and that reviewers may not have expertise in the applicant’s
field. Please avoid jargon whenever possible, and explain clearly any technical
terms and procedures that are critical to the proposal.
information requested must be provided in the format specified. For this reason
ALL STUDENTS MUST MEET WITH THEIR
FACULTY MENTOR TO THOROUGHLY REVIEW AND DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to
contact the Director of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity to
review the proposal before submission. Please call 865.8894 to schedule a time.
This should be scheduled before the program deadline in order to provide
adequate time for any necessary revisions to the proposal.
not adhering to the published URC guidelines will not be considered for funding.
URC funds research and creative activity proposals from undergraduate students. Individual students may receive no more
than one research award and one travel grant per fiscal year. Requests for
materials, supplies and other expenses related to the conduct of the proposed
activity will be considered.
must include the URC Cover Page, Abstract, Budget Section page, and Project
Description. Accompanying the proposal should be the required Faculty
Mentor Statement, which should include:
- Statement indicating how student project relates
to on-going work of mentor or whether the student initiated the project.
- Analysis of viability of project objectives and
- Verification of budget – needs and costs.
- Description of mentor support being provided.
- Description of student’s background and
preparation for project.
Project Description section of the proposal should not exceed five
double-spaced pages (please number) and must include:
of purpose and objectives (student should include a brief personal statement
describing how he/she became interested in the project)
2. Methodology and work plan
3. Description of the activities and expected
4. Timetable for completion of the project
5. Itemized budget and justification of funds
requested (use budget page and attach narrative justification/explanation of
may also request, through separate application, partial support for
travel to professional meetings for the purpose of presenting the results of
research or creative activity. A maximum of $300 will be provided. See “Student Conference Presentation” for
program description and details.
Submission of Proposals
While this packet includes the URC proposal
form, you may use the electronic forms available on the URCA web site. (http://www.unk.edu/acad/gradstudies/research/urc/index.php?id=2996).
This form includes the cover sheet, mentor statement, budget, and budget
narrative. In a separate document the student should prepare the 150 word
abstract and the full project description according to the guidelines above.
Upon completion of the proposal, the student
should ask their mentor to insert a Mentor Statement (with signature) and then
get signatures from their department chair, and dean. The proposal should
then be delivered to the URCA Office (2111 Founders Hall), by 4pm on the