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Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities - (URCA)

CETL will sponsor a limited number of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (URCA) Funding Awards during the academic year. The URCA Funding Awards are designed to enhance undergraduate involvement and experiences in research and creative activity. These Funding Awards may be used for undergraduate travel to present at conferences.

  • URCA-Travel: Travel stipends for undergraduate researchers (Note: Students must be enrolled at KSU during the time period of the travel; the travel must be completed prior to July 1; the travel must involve a presentation rather than travel for educational purposes only)

In order to provide as many opportunities for undergraduate researchers as possible, URCA Funding Awards will be limited to a maximum of $500.00 each. Individual students may receive only one URCA grant per academic year, although students could apply again the following round if not funded the first time. Funds will be awarded to students who are supervised by Full-Time or Part-Time faculty who are currently under contract with Kennesaw State University during the period of the funding award.

The undergraduates will be required to present their research at the annual Symposium of Student Scholars. Students are encouraged to also present their findings in an off-campus professional venue (e.g., exhibition, professional or undergraduate research conference). Students who have completed a presentation or exhibition at an off-campus venue as a result of this program will be designated as an Undergraduate Research Scholar and presented with an Undergraduate Research Honor Cord prior to graduation.

Upon the completion of the project(s), recipients are required to send a final report to the CETL Associate Director for Graduate Student Support and Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity that includes abstract(s) of the project results and a list of the presentations/ publications/ exhibitions from the work completed.

There will be five application due dates during the academic year:

  • First Friday of April, 4/5/13 at 5:00pm
  • First Friday of July, 7/5/13 at 5:00pm
  • First Friday of October, 10/4/13 at 5:00pm
  • First Friday of December, 12/6/13 at 5:00pm
  • First Friday of February, 2/7/14 at 5:00pm
  • First Friday of April, 4/4/14 at 5:00pm

Application Deadline

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 5:00pm

Amount

Up to $500 per student.

Criteria

Selection is competitive. The selection committee will not consider late or incomplete applications for any reason. You will be notified within two weeks of the deadline if your grant has been funded. All travel paperwork must be submitted by June 15. For travel to conferences, students must be accepted to present at a conference and must provide documentation of their acceptance in their application.

All KSU-supported research projects are administered in accordance with established University fiscal procedures and research policies. These include all travel regulations, policies relating to the protection of human subjects, and policies related to intellectual property rights. Equipment and computer software purchased through faculty development money become the property of the University, earmarked for the individual's use while at the institution during the time the project continues. All publications and presentations must acknowledge the assistance of Kennesaw State University.

The faculty member and students are expected to obtain Institutional Review Board approval prior to collecting any data if the project includes research involving human or animal participants.

Evaluation Criteria:

  •   Quality and significance of the research or creative activity proposed.
  •   The degree to which students are involved in the creative activity or research. Projects that emphasize a significant contribution and involvement of students rather than simply using students as “data gatherers” will be given preference.
  •   Impact on student learning with respect to involvement in professional research and creative activities.

Eligibility

Faculty must be under contract at Kennesaw and students must be enrolled at Kennesaw State during the time period of the funding award.
Students must be enrolled at KSU during the time period of the travel; the travel must be completed prior to July 1, 2014; the travel must involve a presentation rather than travel for educational purposes only.

Individual students may receive only one grant per academic year, although students could apply again the following round if not funded the first time.

Selection and Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically:

These applications must be submitted from the faculty mentor’s account. The faculty mentor will need to log in using his or her netid and password

The faculty mentor will need to provide the following information:

  •   Faculty Mentor Information (name, email, college, department)
  •   Faculty Member Interest Statement: 400 words maximum (a description of the faculty member’s interest and past experience in facilitating undergraduate research/creative activities)
  •   Student Impact Information: 400 words maximum (a description of how undergraduate student learning will be impacted through this funding)
  •   Faculty Member’s Previous Awards (previous KSU funding awards received between Fall 2006 and the date of this application, such as Incentive Awards, CETL funding awards, and college awards)
  •   Additional Funding Sources (provide the name and amount of your additional funding sources. This information does not affect your application but helps provides information for processing your travel or research expenses such as split funding and budget amendments)

The student will need to provide the following information:

  •   Student Information (name, email, college, department, graduation date)
  •   Project Title  
  •   Project Description: 400 words maximum (a description of the research or creative project(s) for which the grant money will be used, including the key research questions or creative project activities)
  •   Project Funding Justification: 400 words maximum (a description regarding why the grant money is needed, how much specifically will be needed, and what specifically will be purchased with the funding. Include a breakdown of exactly how the funding will be used, including airfare, registration, etc. Also include the name and dates of the conference. Remember that all travel must be completed before July 1, 2014)
  •   Area of Focus of the Project (choose all that apply from Global Learning, Diversity, Civic Engagement, Technology-Enhanced Learning, Undergraduate Research)
  •   Attachment
    • For URCA-TRAVEL - Conference Acceptance Documentation (a copy of the acceptance notification for research that has been accepted at a conference. This acceptance must indicate that the student is an author on the presentation.)

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