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Fall 2015 Travel Grants Due Soon!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Faculty Mentor, Feature | Comments Off on Fall 2015 Travel Grants Due Soon!

The deadline for Travel Grants from Pursuit and the Office of Undergraduate Research is January 20 at 5 PM.

Pursuit Travel Funds are available for student travel with a faculty member to a conference to present and showcase scholarship. Funding has a maximum of $2,000 ($1,000 for the faculty mentor and $1,000 for the student researcher(s)). To apply for Pursuit Travel Funds go to the Pursuit Travel Grant Application. For more information visit blogs.acu.edu/qep.
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) funds up to $500 for student travel to a conference to present and showcase scholarship. To apply for OUR Travel Funds go to the OUR Travel Grant Application. For more information go to the grants tab and then choose travel grants.

– See more at: http://blogs.acu.edu/undergradresearch/2015/01/12/travel-and-internal-grant-deadlines-are-coming-soon/#sthash.v9rEh7GH.dpuf

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Social Science External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2015

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on Social Science External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2015

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Students can participate in this program in three areas: 1. Clinical/Community, 2. Community Enhancement/ Engagement and 3. Research.

The Smithsonian has a variety of opportunities application is due March 1 (although some places say March 2 since March 1 is a Sunday.) Currently there are opportunities in the following areas:

American Food History Internship
Archives Center
Assoc Director, Management & Museum Services
Blogging Editorial Assistant
Collections Management
Conservation – Costume
Conservation – Object
Conservation – Paper
Conservation – Textile
Curatorial – Armed Forces History
Curatorial – Culture & the Arts
Curatorial – Home, Community & Life
Curatorial – Medicine & Science
Curatorial – Numismatics (Currency) Collection
Curatorial – Political History
Curatorial – Work & Industry
Daily Programs
Development (Fundraising)
Director’s Office Intern
Exhibition Design
Graphic Production
Historic Theatre Intern
Music – Jazz Appreciation Month
Music – Jazz Researchers
Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO)
Office of Programs and Strategic Initiatives (OPSI)
Program in African American Culture
Program in Latino History and Culture
Public Affairs
Spark!Lab Interns
Special Events
Technology Services – Information Technology
Web Design Assistant

*These are all non-paid internships
**In order to see more information about these opportunities you can go to:
NMAH Internship Overviewhttp://americanhistory.si.edu/getinvolved/internship
NMAH Department – roles of each department –http://americanhistory.si.edu/about/departments

 

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STEM External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2015

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on STEM External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2015

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Students can participate in this program in three areas: 1. Clinical/Community, 2. Community Enhancement/ Engagement and 3. Research.

CUR Physics and Astronomy REU program

Oklahoma State University REU Site: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior

 

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Department of Energy Office Fossil Energy

 

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Top 10 Ways to Improve your Chance in Receiving Internal Grants

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Faculty Mentor, Grants | Comments Off on Top 10 Ways to Improve your Chance in Receiving Internal Grants

These 10 (or 11) suggestions focus on applying for grants involving student research from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Pursuit. Many of these will apply (but not all) to applying for grants from the Math-Science and Cullen Research Councils.

10. Remember your audience.

The committees who evaluate the grant proposals come from departments all over campus. Remember to write your proposal so that those from outside your field can evaluate it.

9. Have a clearly identified research question/ thesis statement/ creative project.

This is related to #10. State your research question, thesis statement, or identification of your creative project in such a way that you are sure the evaluators understand what you want to do. (Or at least understand that you understand what you want to do.)

8. Delineate the purpose, goals and objectives for the project.

Some of the questions that the committees look at are:

  • Is the research question of creative project clearly defined with an appropriate rationale?
  • Is the scope of the questions or project manageable within the time frame and context of the student?
  • Are the goals clearly stated and are the objectives measurable and achievable?

7. Have a clearly identified methodology

The committees do not necessarily have to understand all the details of what you are doing, but they do want to see that you know what you are doing. There needs to be a clear plan in place.

6. Read the rubric and know the criteria used for selection.

The rubrics can be found through the following links

Summer Student Stipend from Office of Undergraduate Research

Pursuit Research, Math-Science and Cullen Research Grants

5. Make sure you have demonstrated clear benefits to students in terms of Student Learning Outcomes.

This is particularly important in Pursuit Grants due to the link to SACS accreditation. Be sure that those evaluating your grants understand how what the students are doing contributes to their learning. If they are spending the summer watching you use a very expensive piece of equipment that they are not allowed to touch, that may be very useful to them because they might not be exposed to that type of research otherwise and may be the way student research is done in your field. BUT you must explain why this is important and how it will contribute to student learning. Remember the evaluators are most likely not from your field.

4. Describe the final scholarly product in ways that are achievable.

These do not have to be (and rarely are) publications. These can be oral or poster presentations at a conference, including the Undergraduate Research Festival. They can also be performing or taking work to a juried show or competition, putting on a play, or whatever else is appropriate to your field. Just be sure and explain what it is.

3. Budget must be clear and detailed with obvious links to plan for the project.

If there is something in your budget that may not seem like it obviously connects to your research, you need to explain it. And what may seem obvious to you may not seem obvious to someone outside your field. If budget items are not clear you may risk your research not being funded or being funded at an amount that does not include that item.

2. Do your homework. Look at good grant examples on the ORSP website.

ORSP has provided examples of strong grant proposals. Check out examples of funded proposals.

1. Proofread

This should go without saying, but occasionally even faculty submit something that does not appear to have been proofread. Poorly written grant proposals are less likely to be funded.

0. Don’t relax until you receive your confirmation email. Then, Celebrate.

(I’m a graduate of the Big 10… we have trouble sticking to 10.)

ORSP should send you an email confirming the receipt of your proposal.

Questions?

If you have questions regarding grants for research that involves undergraduates, please contact

Dr. Autumn Sutherlin, Director of Undergraduate Research (uresearch@acu.edu)

Dr. Phyllis Bolin, Director of Pursuit (pursuit@acu.edu)

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Travel and Internal Grant Deadlines are coming soon

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Faculty Mentor | Comments Off on Travel and Internal Grant Deadlines are coming soon

The deadline for Travel Grants from Pursuit and the Office of Undergraduate Research is January 20 at 5 PM.

Pursuit Travel Funds are available for student travel with a faculty member to a conference to present and showcase scholarship. Funding has a maximum of $2,000 ($1,000 for the faculty mentor and $1,000 for the student researcher(s)). To apply for Pursuit Travel Funds go to the Pursuit Travel Grant Application. For more information visit blogs.acu.edu/qep.
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) funds up to $500 for student travel to a conference to present and showcase scholarship. To apply for OUR Travel Funds go to the OUR Travel Grant Application. For more information go to the grants tab and then choose travel grants.
ACU internal grant proposals are due January 27 at 5 PM. To apply for grants from Cullen, Math-Science, Pursuit, or Office of Undergraduate Research Travel grants visit the ORSP page or you can go directly to the Internal Grant Submission page.
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Abstract Submission for the 2015 Research Festival is Now Open

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Announcement, Student Researcher | Comments Off on Abstract Submission for the 2015 Research Festival is Now Open

Abstract submission for the 2015 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival is now open.

Undergraduate students who have performed research between April 2014 and April 2015 may submit their abstracts through the Abstract Submission form.  Abstract submission will close Jan 30.

For tips on abstract writing and to learn how the abstracts will be evaluated go to the Research Festival Blog at blogs.acu.edu/researchfest.

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Undergraduate Research Dinner Fall 2014

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Activities, Feature, Social Sciences, STEM | Comments Off on Undergraduate Research Dinner Fall 2014

Undergraduate Researcher of the Year finalists: Kaitlin Pegoda, Tara Lowe, Tina Johnson and Levi Ritchie. (Not pictured Christopher Campbell and Aric Tate.)

Undergraduate Researcher of the Year finalists: Kaitlin Pegoda, Tara Lowe, Tina Johnson and Levi Ritchie. (Not pictured Christopher Campbell and Aric Tate.)

 

Thursday, October 30, ACU undergraduate researchers and their mentors got together to celebrate research done by ACU students in the past year. Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker and Nigel Gwini talked about the importance they saw in undergraduate research.

Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Finalists and Winners were announced in two categories: STEM and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The finalists in STEM were Christopher Campbell (Engineering and Physics), Tina Johnson (Biology) and Aric Tate (Engineering and Physics). Tina Johnson was named 2014 STEM Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.

The finalists in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences were Tara Lowe (Teacher Education), Kaitlin Pegoda (Social Work and Communications & Sociology), and Levi Ritchie (Psychology and Management Sciences.  Tara Lowe was named the 2014 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.

The mentors for these students in order as listed above were Dr. Darby Hewitt, Dr. Joshua Brokaw, Dr. Rusty Towell, Dr. Andrew Huddleston, Drs. Stephen Baldridge and Lauren Lemley, and Dr. Ryan Jessup.

Pictures from the Dinner

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