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The purpose of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity (URCA) 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. URCA is particularly interested in encouraging and supporting student-faculty collaboration in the research enterprise.
All proposals must adhere to the guidelines described 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.
URCA’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. There is a schedule of information sessions 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). 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 Dissemination Grants applicant form found here.
2. The abstract or paper submitted for consideration as a presentation.
3. An acceptance letter or other evidence that the project has been competitively selected for presentation.
Please submit the completed application 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. Student research accomplishments and the important role faculty play as mentors are both highlighted. Any UNK student engaged in independent research or creative scholarly work is eligible and encouraged to participate.
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 2016 will be April 13. 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 2015 SRD winners and previous years' SRD programs, click here.
Individual students may receive no more than one project award and one dissemination grant per fiscal year. Requests for materials, supplies, and other expenses related to the conduct of the proposed activity will be considered.
Proposals must be written in terms that lay persons can readily understand. It is important that reviewers outside of applicant’s discipline can understand the abstract, budget, and narrative. Avoid the use of jargon whenever possible, and explain clearly any technical terms and procedures that are critical to the proposal.
All information must be provided in the format specified. For this reason ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET WITH THEIR FACULTY MENTOR TO THOROUGHLY REVIEW AND DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL. You are also strongly encouraged to contact the Director of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity to review the proposal before submission. Please call 865-8702 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.
Dissemination grant proposals must include the URCA Dissemination Application form, Abstract, and evidence that the project has been accepted for presentation at the academic conference.
Project grant proposals must include the URCA Project Grant Application and Budget Form, Project Description, and Faculty Mentor Statement.
The Project Description should not exceed five double-spaced pages (please number) and must include a:
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.