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Supporting Undergraduate Research at Abilene Christian University since 2009

Undergraduate Research Grants

Purpose
The purpose of the Undergraduate Research Grant program is to encourage participation of undergraduate students in faculty-mentored research projects by providing financial assistance to the students, faculty, and project needs.

Selection
Grants will be awarded based on a competitive selection process. Faculty members may submit applications to be evaluated and selected by the University Undergraduate Research Council comprised of seven faculty members including representatives from each college and the Director of Undergraduate Research. Applications will be judged on the perceived value of the project, its impact inside and outside the university, and its benefits to the undergraduate participant(s) (see Rubric for UR Grants Evaluation). Preference will be shown to proposals exhibiting a high level of engagement for student researchers.

Goals

  1. Increase student involvement in research
  2. Increase faculty mentoring of students in research
  3. Promote research presentation and publication

Funding
At least one undergraduate research assistant must be integrally involved in the research project. Faculty mentors may apply for undergraduate research internship stipend support during both the semesters and summer, faculty summer stipends, course release, faculty development funds and other research costs as part of the overall internal grants application process. Awarded project totals generally do not exceed $10,000. Student stipends are at the following rates. For summer work: $400/week for a student working full time. $300/week for 3/4 time, $200/week for 1/2 time, and $100/week for 1/4 time. During the Fall/Spring semester up to $500/semester. Faculty summer stipends are at the summer course rate.

The application for Undergraduate Research Grants are part of the unified ACU Internal Grant form. They are generally due the third week in January.

ORSP has provided a set of good examples  from a variety of fields for each question on the internal grant form.  Download the Internal Grant Examples.

Click OUR Grant Evaluation Form to see the rubric used for evaluating projects.

2016 Recipients

Darby Hewitt (Engineering and Physics)

Brandon Houghtalen (Music)

Andrew Huddleston (Teacher Education)

Jennifer Huddleston (Biology)

Timothy Kennedy (Engineering and Physics)

Sarah Lee (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Tom Lee (Biology)

Gregory Powell (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Qiang Xu (Biology)

2015 Recipients

Jennifer Huddleston (Biology)

Gregory Powell (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Sarah Lee (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Timothy Kennedy (Engineering and Physics)

Andrew Huddleston (Teacher Education)

2014 Recipients

Monty Lynn (Management Sciences)

Jennifer Shewmaker (Psychology)

Qiang Xu (Biology)

Houston Heflin (Bible, Missions and Ministry)

Andrew Huddleston (Teacher Education)

2013 Recipients

Tim Head (Engineering and Physics)

Bruce Hopkins (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Michael Nicodemus (Agriculture and Environmental Science)

Cynthia Powell (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Greg Powell (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Qiang Xu (Biology)

2012 Recipients

Joshua Brokaw (Biology)

Sheila Deloney (Teacher Education)

Matthew Garver (Kinesiology and Nutrition)

Tim Head (Physics)

Jennifer Huddleston (Biology)

Ryan Jessup (Management Sciences)

Sarah Lee (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Jennifer Shewmaker (Psychology)

Qiang Xu (Biology)

2011 Recipients

Josh Brokaw (Biology)

Orneita Burton (Management Sciences)

Eric Hardegree (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Tim Head (Physics)

Sarah Lee (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Kim Pamplin (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Glenn Pemberton (Bible, Missions, and Ministry)

Laura Phillips (Management Sciences)

Jennifer Shewmaker (Psychology)

Qiang Xu Biology

2010 Recipients

Orneita Burton (Management Sciences)

Jon Camp (Communication)

Tim Head (Physics)

Tom Lee (Biology)

Florah Mhlanga (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Michael Nicodemus (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Jennifer Shewmaker (Psychology)

Autumn Sutherlin (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Qiang Xu (Biology)

2009 Recipients

Robert Green (Art and Design)

Tim Head (Physics)

Florah Mhlanga (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Michael Nicodemus (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Greg Powell (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Michael Sadler (Physics)

Qiang Xu (Biology)