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Internal and Spring Grants Due Soon

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Faculty Mentor, Grants | Comments Off on Internal and Spring Grants Due Soon

Travel Grant Applications for travel to conferences January – May are due January 24. For more information see the Travel Grants Page.

Internal Research Grant Applications are Due January 30. For more information see the Internal Grants Page.

 

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Fall Conferences 2016

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Activities, Arts, Conferences, Feature, Grants, Social Sciences, STEM | Comments Off on Fall Conferences 2016

ACU undergraduate students and their mentors presented their work at conferences this fall across the US and in Canada. Conferences at which students presented include:

  • Texoma region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference
  • Quadrennial Physics Conference
  • North American Christians in Social Work Annual convention
  • Evolution 2016
  • University of New Mexico McNair Research Conference
  • 2016 Fall Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics
  • 2016 Developing Excellence Forum: WASH Summit
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National McNair Research Conference in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education
  • Optical Society of America Frontiers in Optics:The 100th OSA Annual Meeting and Exhibit/Laser Science XXXII
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion

 

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SPUR Travel Grants

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Activities, Grants, Student Researcher | Comments Off on SPUR Travel Grants

With the financial support of the Student Association, the Student Panel on Undergraduate Research awards travel grants to undergraduate researchers. These awards help students travel to professional conferences to present their work.  The awards are awarded based on a rubric.

Fall 2016 SPUR Travel Grant Awardees

  • Mikalia Bradberry (Music) National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Sonia Cyuzuzo (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Clint Taylor (Engineering and Physics) WASH Summit
  • Cecily Towell (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Megan Cromis (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Chelsea Fordham (Social Work) North American Christians in Social Work Annual Convention
  • Lauren Selensky (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Zhaojia Xi (Engineering and Physics) 2016 Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics
  • Courtney Tee (Communication and Sociology) Association for the Sociology of Religion

Spring 2016 SPUR Travel Grant Awardees

  • Kristen Brehm (Chemistry and Biochemistry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Andrew Brown (International Studies) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Luke Cooksey (Biochemistry) Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Symposium
  • Megan Cromis (Engineering) National Conference on Undergraduate Research
  • Angela Fogle (Bible, Missions, and Ministry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Chelsea Fordham (Social Work) National Association of Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference
  • Mackenzie Harrington (Communication and Sociology) Eastern Communication Association Conference
  • Bre Heinrich (Social Work) National Association of Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference
  • Savannah Hipes (Psychology) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Tina Johnson (Biology) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Kimberly Martinez (Communication and Sociology) Eastern Communication Association Conference
  • Chelsea Peer (History) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Kathryn Preston (Biology) Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Symposium
  • Rachael Schaad (Bible and Ministry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Amanda Stephens (Accounting) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Julia Taylor (Biochemistry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Jaime Thompson (Biology) Texas Academy of Sciences
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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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Grant applications are open

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Announcement, Grants | 0 comments

Both travel grant and internal research grant applications are open.

To apply for Travel Grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research apply through the Travel Grant Application by Monday February 10, at 5 PM.

To apply for Internal Research Grants apply through the Common Application for ACU Internal Grants. This application is due Jan 27 at 5 PM.

 

 

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