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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.

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 June 5; 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 Thursday of July, 7/3/14 at 5:00pm
  • First Friday of October, 10/3/14 at 5:00pm
  • First Friday of December, 12/5/14 at 5:00pm
  • First Friday of February, 2/6/15 at 5:00pm
  • First Friday of April, 4/3/15 at 5:00pm

Application Deadline

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 5:00pm

Amount

Up to $500 per student.

Criteria

Evaluation Rubric

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, 2015; 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

Electronic Proposal Submission Guidelines:
Applications must be submitted in the form below and must be submitted by the faculty mentor's account. The faculty mentor will need to log in using his or her netid and password.

A single electronic copy (PDF only) including the the cover sheet and all supporting documentation described above must uploaded to the application below. It will be the responsibility of the individual submitting the proposal to ascertain that the proposal materials are complete when submitted (all documents requested are included; no materials missing). The CETL funding committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.

Submission Instructions:
1. Fill out the required fields and text areas below.

2. Upload required PDF Documentation
--Using “Browse,” select the file to be uploaded
--Select "Upload", and wait for the file to complete upload.

3. Click “Submit” and when you are ready to submit your application.

4. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, you should immediately contact CETL in case there was an “electronic glitch.” It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposal was received by the deadline.

Application Documents