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Spring 2019 Travel Applications Now Open

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Activities, Announcement, Conferences, Faculty Mentor, Grants, STEM, Student Researcher, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring 2019 Travel Applications Now Open

Spring 2019 Travel Applications are now open and are due by 5pm on February 1.

The Office of Undergraduate Research awards travel funding for both undergraduate research students and faculty mentors to travel to a conference to present and showcase scholarship.

Faculty mentor travel grants are for those who mentor undergraduate researchers. Mentors may apply for up to $1000 to either 1) accompany undergraduate students presenting scholarship at a conference or showcase; OR 2) present scholarship in which undergraduate students assisted in the work.
For more information visit OUR Faculty Travel Grants. Applications can be accessed here.

Faculty may also apply for up to $1000 on behalf of their undergraduate students. These grants are for up to $1000 per project. For projects with more than one student, a group can decide whether to send one representative student or divide the award and send more than one presenter.

For more information visit OUR Student Travel Grants. Applications can be accessed here.

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Undergraduate Student Grants for Scholarly/Creative Activities

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Activities, Announcement, Faculty Mentor, Grants, Student Researcher, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Undergraduate Student Grants for Scholarly/Creative Activities

This 2018-2019 Academic Year, we announce the availability of funds for undergraduate students who wish to conduct their own independent research studies, under the mentorship of a faculty member. Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, November 30th, and awards are expected to be announced in mid December. Please see the information below on eligibility and the application process.

The undergraduate student grant fund was established as part of a strategic initiative to support undergraduate research at Abilene Christian University. The intent of the program is to provide support for undergraduate students to complete novel, student-led research/creative scholarship. The financial resources and number of applicants within a given fiscal year determine the number of grants awarded. It is expected that awards will range between $1,000-2,000, though this will vary depending on these factors.

Full-time ACU undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded, based on a competitive selection process, to proposals that demonstrate potential for serious research and creative activity. The Undergraduate Research Council considers the proposals submitted and approves those judged best according to the following criteria:

  • Worth and value to the discipline, researcher, or the university.
  • Clear goals, objectives, and outcomes.
  • Use of sound, clearly explained methodology and procedures.
  • Clear writing that is precise, detailed, and understandable to a lay audience.
  • Expected outcome of project (e.g., a book, article, paper, presentation, video).
  • Likelihood of successful completion in a reasonable time.

Undergraduate Student Grants are intended to support scholarly activities including:

  • quantitative research studies,
  • qualitative research studies,
  • technological innovations, and
  • developmental and innovative research activity related to musical compositions or artistic production.

Furthermore, this program seeks to:

  • Increase student involvement in research
  • Encourage novel, student-led research and scholarly activity
  • Promote research presentation and publication by ACU undergraduates

The following budget categories are allowable:

  • Training Stipend. Students may request a training stipend up to $500/semester working on the project. Students should work with their faculty mentor to complete a student internship packet.
  • Expenses related to the research. This amount is limited to essential and necessary materials, supplies, equipment, participant and consultant support which is directly connected with the research project.

Ineligible expenses include clerical work, office supplies, telephone, computer equipment, and travel that is not essential to the conduct of the research.

Projects should be completed during a single fiscal year and must produce a tangible, scholarly product. Examples of acceptable outcomes include presentation at a professional conference, a juried performance, an article submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal, etc.

A final report detailing the progress made and the scholarly product completed is due by April 31 following the project period. Awardees will receive an email from OUR in the Spring semester with further details on how to complete the report.


Every individual who receives a grant must agree to the ACU Intellectual Property Agreement. The applicant agrees to certain rights and claims against copyrights and patents resulting from university support. Funds cannot be released to any grantee without this acknowledgement of the agreement. The Intellectual Property Agreement may be found on the ORSP website.

Every grantee is assigned a budget for expenses if any are awarded. Stipends are awarded through the Office of Undergraduate Research following completion of the Internship paperwork. All budgets must be cleared and accounted for by April 1 of the final project year. Grantees without proper accounting forms are liable for the expenses incurred.

All grantees must have completed EthicsCORE Responsible Conduct of Research training (requirement currently on hold). Training instructions may be found in the ORSP Classroom. If the project involves research with human subjects, IRB approval must be obtained prior to conduct of the research. Likewise, animal research requires IACUC approval.

To apply, please complete the Student Grant Application and Student Budget Application Forms below and email to or by 5pm on Friday, November 30th. Please be sure to indicate who is the Faculty Mentor who will be advising the student on the project.


student budget application form

For Information on how the applications will be judged, please see an example of the rubric below.

student grants-eval-form

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Andy Wiggins- Sociology

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Social Sciences, Student Researcher, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Andy Wiggins- Sociology

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Name: Andy Wiggins

Major: Sociology

Classification: Junior

Hometown: Princeton, TX

Mentor: Suzie Macaluso/Krista Masci

Why I’m interested in research:I do research because I am always asking questions about the world around me. I really enjoy being able to ask a question, investigate that question, and write about my findings. Research gives me a sense of satisfaction and helps me to continue to think critically about the society I live in.

What I Study:In the past year, I have been interested in researching biracial identity salience. I want to know what external factors affect the way a person is able to combine two different cultures into one cohesive sense of self, and if these factors change over time.

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Chandler Graf- Biochemistry

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in STEM, Student Researcher, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Chandler Graf- Biochemistry

Name: Chandler Graf

Major: Biochemistry

Classification: Junior

Hometown: Georgetown, TX

Mentor: Dr. Autumn Sutherlin

Why I’m interested in research:It is something that I really enjoy doing. It adds quite a bit of depth to the field that I am studying, to actually see how these things play out in a lab setting. As I hope to pursue a career as a medical professional, research is something that I hope to continue, as it drives the best possible care that can be given to patients.

What I study: My research is in the field of biochemistry, investigating interaction between proteins in a bacterial enzymatic pathway in hopes to better understand and bacterial metabolism, and synthesis of more effective antibiotics.

Conferences Attended:

  • Attending SNO conference (Society of Neuro Oncology) in November 2015


  • “Familial Predisposition to High Grade Astrocytoma (Presenting at SNO Conference)”
  • Pending: “New Directions and Perspectives in the Management of Posttraumatic Seizures”



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