The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is supporting a UWRF Summer Scholars Program. 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 2014.
The formal part of the 2014 program will involve a total of ten-weeks, beginning May 27 and ending August 5, 2014. 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: 2013 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 2014, be in good academic standing, and plan to graduate no earlier than December 2014. Faculty and students must be able to attend all of the mandatory program activities (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 URSCA 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. Faculty mentors may only submit two applications.
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.
Up to $500 for Supplies and Expenses; Student Stipend: $3,000; Faculty Stipend: $1,000
Students who are accepted into the 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. Grant funding cannot be applied retroactively to cover expenses for research already completed.
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 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.
The URSCA Council will review applications for the UWRF Summer Scholars Program. A judging rubric is used to review all proposals. Please note, percentage listed by each title reflects it's weight in scoring. Proposal: Background (20%); Significance (20%); Method (20%); Dissemination Plan (20%); Budget (20%)
Deadline: Friday, Feb 21
Student researchers must complete the online student application
Mentors must complete the online mentor application. One mentor application per project/grant submission.
Molly Van Wagner
Director of Grants and Research
o: North Hall 101