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OUR Funding Opportunities: Exploring ways to fund your undergraduate research projects Fall 2010 What does “funding” mean? Different costs associated with research Equipment/consumables Materials (books and other sources) Travel expenses Conducting research Presenting research

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our funding opportunities

OUR Funding Opportunities:

Exploring ways to fund your undergraduate research projects

Fall 2010

what does funding mean
What does “funding” mean?
  • Different costs associated with research
    • Equipment/consumables
    • Materials (books and other sources)
    • Travel expenses
      • Conducting research
      • Presenting research
    • Time put into research project
  • There are potential funding opportunities for all these costs
getting started
Getting started
  • Talk to your research advisor about existing sources of funding
    • Some faculty grants include funds to support undergraduate researchers
    • You may be able to get paid for the time you commit to research (work study)
  • Talk to your research advisor to understand the costs of your project and what exactly you will be responsible for
important resources
Important Resources
  • Office of Undergraduate Research
    • General information about grant programs
    • Applications available online
    • New opportunities posted
  • Office of National Scholarships
  • Office for Sponsored Programs
  • Your research advisor
our grants
OUR Grants
  • Available during the academic year
    • Three types
      • Presentation Travel Grant
      • Travel to Conduct Research Grant
      • Research Expense Grant
  • Requirements to apply
    • Must be an undergraduate enrolled at any UConn campus
    • Must have a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA
    • Must submit a signed Faculty Research Advisor Form (found with applications)
  • You can only receive one OUR grant (any type) within one academic year
  • Maximum award amount (per grant) is $500
our grants application process
OUR Grants – Application Process
  • Visit our.uconn.edu to access application
  • Complete application and submit to OUR office in CUE 416
    • Be sure to include:
      • Detailed project proposal
      • Detailed budget with verification of all costs (i.e. receipts, order forms, email from research advisor, etc.)
      • Faculty Approval Form (in a sealed envelope, signed across the flap)
our grants logistics
OUR Grants – Logistics
  • Funds will be disbursed through your fee bill
    • Can’t have any outstanding charges (i.e. pharmacy charges, parking tickets)
  • After completing your experience, you must submit verification to the OUR (receipts, email from research advisor, etc.)
  • All recipients of a 2010-2011 OUR Grant are required to present at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition on April 15&16, 2011
summer undergraduate research fund surf awards
Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Awards
  • Support full-time undergraduates engaged in summer research or creative projects under the supervision of a UConn faculty member (8-10 weeks of research)
  • Available to all students in all majors at all UConn campuses
  • Awards are granted through a competitive process
  • Maximum award amount is $4000
surf application process
SURF – Application Process
  • Visit our.uconn.edu to
    • Access application tips and information
    • Find dates for SURF workshops
  • Applications are due in spring semester (February 7, 2011)
  • Applications include:
    • Detailed project proposal
    • Detailed budget
    • Letters of recommendation from 2 faculty members, including the research advisor
  • Applications are reviewed by faculty committees in February and March
surf notification process
SURF – Notification Process
  • First-round notifications go out in late March
  • Students have until mid-April to accept or deny their awards
  • Second-round notifications go out in late April or early May
surf logistics
SURF – Logistics
  • Funds will be disbursed through your fee bill
    • Can’t have any outstanding charges (i.e. pharmacy charges, parking tickets)
  • SURF recipients agree to complete their proposed project and adhere to their timeline
  • End of Summer Reports are due at the end of August to the OUR
  • All 2011 SURF recipients are required to present at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition in April 2012
social sciences humanities and arts research experience share
Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE)
  • New grant program for students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • Students work with a faculty mentor on a specific research project
  • Students are encouraged to use this program to lead to independent projects for the Honors thesis or SURF program
  • Includes a $1500 stipend for student researchers and a $500 stipend for faculty research advisors
share application process
SHARE – Application Process
  • Applications available at our.uconn.edu
  • Two ways to apply
    • Faculty advisor and student apply together with a pre-planned project
    • Students looking for a placement can apply for a specific faculty project posted on the website
  • Applications will be due ~November 1st (see website for updated deadlines)
share logistics
SHARE – Logistics
  • Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee
  • Selected students will receive $750 at the beginning of the spring semester and $750 upon completion of the semester’s work
  • Funds will be disbursed through your fee bill
    • Can’t have any outstanding charges (i.e. pharmacy charges, parking tickets)
  • Students can receive one SHARE grant during their time at UConn
  • All 2011 SHARE recipients are required to present at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition on April 15&16, 2011
life sciences honors thesis research grants
Life Sciences Honors Thesis Research Grants
  • Grants from the Office of the Provost to support Honors thesis research in the life sciences during the academic year
  • May be used to support laboratory costs or to purchase consumables
  • Must apply to the execution of research leading to the completion of the Honors thesis
  • Students must be members in good standing of the Honors Program and must plan to graduate within 2 years of receiving the grant
  • Eligibility is limited to two types of student/faculty teams
    • Students who are majoring in any “life science”
    • Students majoring in another department but who are working under the supervision of a faculty member with a primary appointment in a “life science” department
  • Maximum award amount is $1000 ($500 for students who received a 2010 SURF award)
life sciences honors thesis research grants application process
Life Sciences Honors Thesis Research Grants – Application Process
  • Honors students and their thesis advisors jointly apply for these grants
  • Access application online at honors.uconn.edu or our.uconn.edu
  • Application includes:
    • 1 page signed application form
    • 2 page proposal
    • Faculty letter of intent
  • Submit completed application to the OUR in CUE 416
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted (no later than April 1)
life sciences honors thesis research grants logistics
Life Sciences Honors Thesis Research Grants – Logistics
  • During each semester when grant funds are utilized, the student must be enrolled in at least 1 credit of Honors coursework (e.g. independent study; thesis research)
  • If the student does not complete the Honors thesis, the faculty advisor is asked to submit a report to the Office of Undergraduate Research providing his or her assessment as to why the student did not complete the thesis
  • All 2010-11 grant recipients are required to present at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition on April 15&16, 2011
presidential scholarship enrichment award
Presidential Scholarship Enrichment Award
  • Current Presidential Scholars can use their enrichment award to cover costs associated with research or creative projects
  • Same application process as any other use of award
  • Attend a Presidential Scholarship Workshop or visit presidentialscholars.uconn.edu to learn about the myriad ways to use your award
  • Maximum award of $2500
other scholarship possibilities
Other Scholarship Possibilities
  • Goldwater Scholarship
    • Awarded to college sophomores and juniors majoring in math, science, and engineering
    • For students with significant research experience outside the classroom and plans for graduate study and a career in research
    • Provides funding for the junior and/or senior year
    • Visit ons.uconn.edu for more information
  • Office for Sponsored Programs
    • Search for scholarships in the OSP databases
contact the our
Contact the OUR

Dr. Lynne Goodstein, Interim OUR Director/Honors Program Director

Ms. Lucy Sweetman, Program Assistant

Mrs. Marlene Coughlin, Secretary

CUE 416

Phone (860) 486-6255

Fax (860) 486-0222

our@uconn.edu

To schedule an appointment:

advapp.uconn.edu

(select Enrichment Programs, then Lucy Sweetman)