SURF 2018 Guidelines

SURF 2018: Guidelines for RFPs

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at Lamar University (LU) is inviting applications from undergraduate students to explore their field of study by engaging in creative activities and research work mentored by at least one LU faculty member in the discipline of the research topic during the summer of 2018. 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 per year, will be awarded a stipend of $2,000 and up to $1,000 for research support. All expenses must be documented and approved by the faculty mentor(s).

Number of Awards per Year: Up to a maximum of 15.

Disciplines: All majors

Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled in the Fall-2018 semester as a full-time LU undergraduate student.  Minimum 2.8 or higher cumulative GPA and 3.0 or higher GPA within discipline.  Must have at least one faculty mentor in the discipline of the research topic.

Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

Award Notification: By April, 2018

Spending Window: April, 2018 – August, 2018

Benefit for Selected Students:

  • Certificate of recognition for completing the SURF program
  • Free housing during the summer at Cardinal Village

      (Summer III – June 4th – August 13th, 2018)

  • Recognition as SURF Alumni (name, picture and report will be available on OUR website).

Student Stipend: $2,000 with 50% of the stipend distributed at the orientation program and the rest distributed after submission of the following materials:

  • A PowerPoint/Beamer presentation (poster or oral presentation slides) for display in the OUR website.
  • Post grant report (length and format to be determined)
  • Completion of a research survey for continuous development of SURF program.
  • In case of a team project, stipend will be divided by number of members in the team, and only one student will obtain the residence allowance

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 purchase 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 November 1, 2018 and should include the results, a brief section with the possible continuation of the project, and a summary of the expenses.

 Attendance/Expectations: Awardees expectations are as follows:

  •  Must attend the SURF orientation
  • Work 20 hours per week during the 10-week summer semester
  • Attend OUR sponsored lectures, seminars and other workshops during the summer session
  • Must present their findings in the Fall at the Texas STEM Conference or the Humanities, Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Business & Education Conference, and at the Annual Undergraduate Research Expo at Lamar in 2019 if not graduated in Fall 2018.
  •  When Appropriate, each fellow should submit an application for the Poster on the Hill-2019 competition.
  • Each fellow must serve as a panelist in the 2019 SURF Information session to be held in the Fall/Spring of 2018-19 academic year.
  • Additional funding for travel during the following academic year to present at a professional conference in one’s discipline may be applied for separately through the OUR.
  • SURF fellows and their mentors will be encouraged to publish in academic journals.
  • SURF fellows will acknowledge support from the Office of Undergraduate Research in all publications and/or presentations resulting from the project.

Benefit for SURF Mentor:

  • Any full-time faculty can be a SURF mentor
  • A $1,000 faculty stipend
  • A $500 travel award will be available for the mentor during the following academic year

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 or creative project 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 with a detailed budget
  • 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; including a clear commitment for supervision of the project