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Office of Undergraduate Research calls for proposals

The Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) has called for proposals from undergraduate students to support research and creative endeavors. Ten outstanding projects will be selected, and the students will receive up to $1,000 for research support along with a $500 stipend. The deadline for proposals is 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 6.

 “The Office of Undergraduate Research is designed to promote undergraduate research among all undergraduate students at Lamar University,” said Kumer Das, associate professor of mathematics. “Depending on the discipline, the research project may involve inquiry, design, discovery, investigation and application.”

The grant opportunity is open to undergraduate students from all disciplines enrolled in at least 12 hours of coursework for the spring 2014 semester. The OUR Advisory Committee will select proposals that address interesting and significant questions, present compelling ideas, describe appropriate research methods to address the questions, and are strongly endorsed by the student’s faculty mentor. The applicants whose proposals are chosen will be notified of their grant acceptance on December 15.

To be eligible for the grants, students must prepare a mentor-approved proposal containing an abstract, a brief resume and a narrative describing the rationale for the project. The proposal must be accompanied by a detailed budget and timeline for the project, a supporting letter from the student’s faculty mentor and a cover page. The cover page must contain the project’s title; the applicant’s name, email address, department and major; and the faculty mentor’s name, department and email address. All proposals should be submitted electronically to calen.brice@lamar.edu with the subject line “OUR Student Grant 2013.”

The 10 grant recipients will be required to submit a post-grant report detailing their research outcomes by October 1, 2014. They will also present their findings at the Lamar Undergraduate Research Expo on April 7, 2014. Meant to showcase the research of Lamar’s undergraduate students, the Expo will welcome presentations from all fields of study and be open to the general public.

“The involvement of undergraduate students in collaborative research and creative activity with faculty members is a proven and powerful practice when one considers the many educational benefits gained by students, the professional rewards accorded to faculty mentors and the contributions to the wider research community,” Das said.

For more information regarding the OUR request for proposals or the Lamar Undergraduate Research Expo, contact Kumer Das at kumer.das@lamar.edu.