The purpose of the Undergraduate Research Council (URC) is to encourage research and creative activity by UNK students. Several support mechanisms have been developed with this purpose in mind, and the student programs are described under the first tab below. The URC is particularly interested in encouraging and supporting student-faculty collaboration in the research enterprise.
All proposals must adhere to the URC guidelines described under the third tab below. Proposals not meeting the detailed guidelines, including the budget limitations, will not be given consideration. It is absolutely necessary that proposals be submitted by the published deadline. Students and mentors are encouraged to discuss the proposal with the Director of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity before submission.
Student grant recipients are expected to participate in UNK Student Research Day (SRD), held in the spring. SRD highlights student research and provides an opportunity for students to enhance their presentation skills and prepare for professional meetings. It is also an opportunity for the academic community to recognize student researchers and their Faculty Mentors.
The URC’s 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 nature. Several workshops are conducted in which information regarding specific programs is shared with student attendees. See that schedule here.
Awards are 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. Submission details can be found in "Proposal Guidelines" tab.
Funds are 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.
The 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).
Please submit the completed Cover Page/Budget form to the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity – Conrad Hall Room 115 – at least one month prior to the conference.
Students may also apply for Travel support through SET fee funds administered by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (FNDH 1000). Contact the SVCAA’s office for details.
UNK’s Student Research Day is an annual event held each spring for students in all disciplines to present their scholarly work. Students’ research accomplishments and the important role faculty play as mentors are both highlighted. Any undergraduate UNK student engaged in collaborative or independent research is eligible and encouraged to participate, even if their work was not funded through UNK.
Presentations include poster sessions, oral presentations, musical performances, and art exhibitions. Poster and oral presentations are judged and awards are given at a reception at the end of the event. Student Research Day 2015 will be April 15. Application forms will be available in the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity in Conrad Hall Room 115, and must be submitted by February 27, 2015.
To see names of 2014 SRD winners and previous years' SRD programs, click here.
Please note that:
Once the proposal has been completed according to the specified guidelines, it should be delivered to the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity in Conrad Hall #115 by 4:00pm on the deadline date.
You can also download a printable checklist here.