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The Office of Undergraduate Research Grant Guidelines


Grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research

Request for Proposals 2016-17

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at Lamar University (LU) is seeking proposals from undergraduate students to support their research and creative activities. The program is meant to encourage undergraduate students from all academic areas to participate in scholarly work mentored by at least one LU faculty member. The work on this project should be unique in the sense that no part of it should be financially sponsored or accommodated by a different program (e.g. McNair, STAIRSTEP, ASCENT, Honors etc.) at the time of submission. However, further development of the project beyond the end of the grant is highly encouraged. The written proposal must be created and submitted by the student and approved by the faculty mentor(s). Each student, whose project is deemed meritorious, up to a maximum of fifteen projects, will be awarded a stipend of $500 and up to $1,000 for research support. All expenses must be documented and approved by the faculty advisor.

Number of Awards: 20

Disciplines: All majors

Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 hours or more both in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. CGPA: Minimum of 3.0. Each applicant must have at least one mentor. 

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016

Award Notification: November 9, 2016

Spending Window: November 2016-May, 2017

Attendance: Awardee must be in attendance at least three OUR sponsored events during the 2016-17 academic year.

Student Stipend: $500 paid in two installments. One-half will be paid at the end of Fall semester; the second half will be paid one week after the end of Spring semester.

Research Support: Up to $1,000 will be awarded for research support which may include supplies, disposable costs, small equipment, software, analyses services, research-related travel, etc. Ownership of equipment purchased with this fund belongs to Lamar University.

Post-Grant Report: Awardees must submit a post-grant report on the project’s results. These reports are due by October 2, 2017, and should include the results, a brief section with the possible continuation of the project, and a summary of the expenses.

Presentation: Awardee must present a progress report on his/her research findings at the Lamar Undergraduate Research Expo, which will be held on April 2017 (Additional funding for travel to present at a professional conference in one’s discipline may be applied for separately through the OUR)

 Review Guidelines: The OUR Advisory Committee will use the following guidelines to assess proposals. Therefore, this should be a guideline for you as you prepare your proposal.

  • The proposal has a research hypothesis or question that is interesting, appropriate for an undergraduate project, fresh, and significant for an undergraduate. The potential for future development of the project is another factor the committee will take into consideration.
  • Applicant explains his or her ideas in an organized and compelling way.
  • The student describes research methods that are appropriate to the discipline and the project.
  • The faculty mentor’s support letter strongly indicates that the research project is significant and gives strong evidence that the student has the qualifications to carry out the project successfully within the time period.

Submit the proposal electronically to with the subject line “OUR-Student Grant 2016”. All the submissions should be in one file (except the support letter from the mentor(s), which should be named “student_name-RFP_2016’).

The deadline for submission of proposals is 5:00 PM. CST, Wednesday, September 30, 2016. Proposal Format: 

1.  Cover Sheet

                      Title of the Proposal:

                      Email Address:

                     Faculty Mentor(s):
                     Faculty Mentor (s) Department(s):
                     Faculty Mentor Email:

 2.  Narrative

  •  An abstract of proposed research project or creative activity project (maximum 100 words).
  • A short one-page resume.
  • A brief narrative describing the rationale for the project (maximum 500 words). This may include the significance of the proposed work, goals and expected products.

 3.  Budget and timeline (1-page max)

  •  A detailed budget including all categories of anticipated expenditures must accompany the proposal. Moreover, all additional funding sources previously involved in the proposed project, if any, must be disclosed.
  • Proposals must also include a brief timeline for accomplishing the project goals and development of any potential/expected products.

 4.  Supporting Letter

  • Each mentor must write a supporting letter. This letter should include a statement about student’s ability to carry out the proposed work and the mentor’s involvement in the project, including his/her support offered with lab space, computer access, and/or direct supervision.