Graduate and Undergraduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Programs
Faculty and instructional academic staff who are currently engaged in research projects are encouraged to have graduate or undergraduate students become actively involved as collaborators in the research process.
Graduate student awards will consist of a $3,000 scholarship and up to $550 for supplies and expenses.
Undergraduate student awards will consist of a $3,000 scholarship and up to $550 for supplies and expenses.
Faculty and instructional academic staff mentoring student research will receive a $750 stipend after their student submits an acceptable final report. If there is more than one faculty mentor working with a student on a project the stipend will be evenly split among them.
The application deadline is February 10, 2017, before 4 p.m. for both the Summer 2017 and Academic Year 2017-2018 research grants. Deliver one cover page with signatures and one hard copy of the proposal to the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity in Dempsey 317. In addition, you must email a pdf of your proposal to the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program guidelines for the Undergraduate Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Program are available at goo.gl/SeYBUP. The undergraduate research proposal cover page can by downloaded at goo.gl/UfpX2u.
Collaborative Grant Proposals
OSRCA offers grants for undergraduate student and faculty collaboration as well as graduate student and faculty collaboration. Grants are available for the summer and for the academic year.
There are a variety of requirements for projects as well as strict guidelines for submitting a proposal. We are not currently accepting proposals for collaborative grants, as we review these during February each year. Please keep an eye out for an announcement that the 2017–2018 funding year proposal form is accepting proposals.
Toggle through the tabs below to learn about below to be sure your proposal meets the standards for review.
- Submission Requirements
- Proposal Requirements
- Mentor Responsibilities
- Student Responsibilities
- Outside Approval
Submitting a Collaborative Grant Proposal
Prepare for your proposal, making sure that it meets the review criteria (undergraduate, graduate). Be sure to add the mentor support letter as the last page. Convert your document to .pdf format and make sure that all pictures, special characters and formuli converted properly. At this time, the proposal form is closed. When the next round of proposals opens, you can access the form on this website.
The proposal document should be organized as follows:
- Page 1: Title and abstract of less than 250 words (description of what abstract is).
- Pages 2 – 6: Body of the proposal. This can be less than 5 pages long, but may not go over the limit. The body should start with an introduction and address the review criteria (undergraduate, graduate, see also the appropriate call for proposal near the top of the help for proposers).
- Pages 7 – ?: Reference list (unless you included them as footnotes). Use the format appropriate for your discipline.
- After the references: Mentor support letter (description of what the mentor support letter should contain).
The proposal should be formatted as follows:
- All pages (except for the title page) must have page numbers.
- The left and right margins must not be less than one inch (2.5 cm).
- Sections should have a boldface heading.
- References should be cited in the text with superscripted numbers or parenthetical citations, as is appropriate to your discipline. Although it may be appropriate, a proposal without citations is likely to raise questions in the minds of reviewers. If you have no citations, be sure it really is appropriate and clear in the proposal why no citations is appropriate.
- Font must be a least 12 point.
- Lines must be double-spaced.
- Document must be in a PDF format
Letter of Mentor Support
You must attach a one page statement written by your mentor to your grant proposal. This statement should include:
- A statement about his or her willingness to serve as your mentor
- Assurance that you were the primary author of the research proposal with their editorial input
- Affirmation of your ability to carry out the project
- Acknowledgment of his or her ability to mentor your project
- A description of what your mentor will be doing to support this research project.
This letter should be incorporated into the proposal as the last page before the proposal document is uploaded to this website. Student/Faculty Collaborative proposals are not double blind. Reviews will be done by anonymous reviewers, but your mentor may identify you and themselves in the letter if they wish. If you and your mentor wish your proposal to be completely anonymous the submission process will maintain your anonymity as long as you do not identify yourselves in the uploaded document.
While the Proposal is being Prepared
The student is expected to write the first draft of the proposal based on either their own ideas or using the suggestions and readings provided by their mentor. The first draft will be provided to the mentor for review and comment by an agreed upon time, long enough before the submission deadline that the mentor may return it for rewrites and have time to review the final version of the proposal before agreeing to submit it. The mentor is expected to provide editorial suggestions, overall direction and verify that appropriate background research is being done and properly cited. Mentors are discouraged from submitting a proposal which they have not had adequate time to review or if they feel the proposal does not meet the review criteria (undergraduate, graduate) or format criteria. The mentor is required to provide a mentor support letter and attach it to the proposal before uploading the proposal.
During the Project
The mentor is expected to meet with their student regularly to discuss progress and plan appropriate adjustments to activities. The mentor is expected to read and approve all interim reports. The mentor is expected to provide advice as the student prepares their presentation for the Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship. If this work leads to publishable results the mentor is strongly encouraged to include the student in the writing process.
For the Summer Research Grant, the undergraduate student must be in good academic standing, be pursuing his or her first baccalaureate degree, and be enrolled for at least six undergraduate credits for the following fall semester. For the Academic Year Research Grant, the undergraduate student must be in good academic standing, be pursuing his or her first baccalaureate degree, and be enrolled for at least six undergraduate credits during each fall and spring semester.
Preparing the Proposal
The student is expected to write the first draft of the proposal based on either their own ideas or using the suggestions and readings provided by their mentor. The first draft will be provided to the mentor for review and comment by an agreed upon time, long enough before the submission deadline that the mentor may return it for rewrites and have time to review the final version of the proposal before agreeing to submit it.
During the Grant Period
For summer research grants, the student is expected to work 40 hours per week for the eight week summer term. The stipend will be paid in two installments after submission of acceptable interim and final reports, due on dates that will be specified when the grant is awarded. For academic year research grants the research will begin no later than the start of Fall term and end no earlier than the end of Spring term. The student is expected to work an average of at least 10 hours per week on the research project during the academic year.
The stipend will be paid in four installments after submission of acceptable interim and final reports, due on dates that will be specified when the grant is awarded. For both types of grants the student is expected to meet regularly with their mentor to discuss progress and plan research activities.
Preparation for the presentation of this work at the Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship must also be coordinated with your mentor. All grant recipients are required to present their work at the Oshkosh Celebration of Scholarship.