The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is supporting a Pilot UWRF Summer Scholars Program beginning the summer of 2012. The purpose of the undergraduate research scholarly and creative activity (URSCA) program is to foster collaborative faculty-student project, to enhance student learning and promote the culture of research, scholarly, and creative activities at UWRF. Projects supported by this program should exhibit the potential for scholarly publication, presentation at a conference, or creative performance. Up to 10 students will be supported as student scholars in 2013.
The formal part of the 2013 program will involve a total of ten-weeks, beginning May 28 and ending August 6, 2013. During this time, students should devote full-time effort into their project and faculty mentors should be consistently available for consultation and collaboration. There are no restrictions, however, against completing additional work for the research project outside of the formal program period.
Pictured Right: the 2012 UWRF Summer Scholars Program Participants with Chancellor Van Galen
The UWRF Summer Scholars Program is available to full-time undergraduate students in all disciplines. Students must have completed their freshman year by May 2013, be in good academic standing, and plan to graduate no earlier than December 2013. Faculty and students must be able to attend all of the mandatory program activities and submit required materials as outlined (see below).
Because of the expected intensity of the research experience, students should expect to limit enrollment in courses and outside employment. Those receiving other summer RSCA funding including McNair stipends are not eligible for the UWRF Summer Scholars Program.
The project must be collaborative between the students and the mentor. While the project may relate to a faculty member’s creative, research, or scholarly agenda, the student must lead and execute the project independently in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
Group projects are allowed, but each student seeking funding must submit a separate and distinct proposal that explains his/her individual contribution in relation to the larger group project.
Faculty mentors may only submit two applications.
Students: $3,000; Faculty: $1,000
Student stipends will be paid in three installments of 1,000 on dates to be determined.
Faculty may mentor up to two students in the Pilot UWRF Summer Scholars Program, and they will receive a $1,000 stipend for each student, with a maximum of $2,000 for mentoring two students.
Students may not divide the stipend among multiple members of a research team; each member must submit a separate application.
Students who are accepted into the 2013 UWRF Summer Scholars Program will be provided with up to $500 each for expenses necessary to support their projects. This may include books, lab supplies, travel to research sites, software, etc., but may not be used for travel to conferences or for capital purchases.
Please fully complete the budget form, including all of your anticipated supplies and expenses. The budget should be included as a part of the application.
Grants cannot be applied retroactively to cover expenses for research already completed.
The Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board or a delegated subcommittee thereof will review applications for the UWRF Summer Scholars Program. Students and mentors will be informed of the success of their application by mid-March. Please note, percentage listed by each title reflects it's weight in scoring. Applications will be ranked according to quality on each of the following criteria:
Applications are due by 4:00p.m. on February 15, 2013
Turn in one printed copy of the completed application (including budget) to the Interim Director of Grants and Research in North Hall 101 or the URSCA office in Hagestad Hall 160 AND one electronic copy of the completed application emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Director of Grants and Research
o: North Hall 101