Academic Year Research Grant

The Office of Undergraduate Research Grant Guidelines

The Office of Undergraduate Research 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.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 hours or more both in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 (Students enrolled in 9 hours either in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 may be eligible to apply; however, a letter from the Chair of the student's major department must be accompanied with the proposal. The Chair needs to explain the special circumstances regarding the lower number of credit hours based on the degree plan of the student.)
  • CGPA: Minimum of 3.0 (Exceptional proposals from students with lower GPAs will also be considered.)
  • Must have at least one mentor
Application Deadline: September 24, 2018
Award Notification: First Week of November, 2018


Number of Awards: TBA

Disciplines: All majors

Spending Window: October, 2018 - May, 2019


Attendance

The awardee must attend at least three events sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research during the 2018-19 academic year.

Student Stipend

$500 paid in two installments. One-half will be paid at the end of the fall semester; the second half will be paid one week after the end of the spring semester.

Research Support

Up to $1,000 will be awarded for research support, which may include supplies, disposable costs, small equipment, software, analytical services, research-related travel, etc. Lamar University retains ownership of any equipment purchased with these funds.

Post-Grant Report

Awardees must submit a post-grant report on the project’s results. These reports are due by October 2, 2019, and should include the results, a brief section with the possible continuation of the project, and a summary of the expenses.

Presentation

The awardee must present a progress report on his/her research findings at the Lamar Undergraduate Research Expo, which will be held in April 2019 (Additional funding for travel to present at a professional conference in one’s discipline may be applied for separately through the Office of Undergraduate Research)

Review Guidelines

The Undergraduate Research 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 applicant 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 applicant has the qualifications to carry out the project successfully within the time period.

Proposal Format

  • Submit the proposal electronically to:
    antoinette.henry@lamar.edu
  • Subject Line:
    "Undergrad Research-Student Grant 2018". All the submissions should be in one file (except the support letter from the mentor(s), which should be named "student_name-RFP_2018").

The deadline for submission of proposals is 5:00 PM. CST, Monday, September 24, 2018. Proposal Format: 

1.  Cover Sheet

                      Title of the Proposal:

Discipline of Research: (Consult with your mentor regarding your choice.  You may also look at the attached rubric to learn more about these two disciplines. Then choose one of the following: either Humanities, Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education and Business (HASBSEB), or Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

                      Name: 
                      Email Address:
                      Department:
                      Major:

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

 2.  Narrative

  •  An abstract of the 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. Any proposal without a supporting letter won't be reviewed. The letter has to be sent to antoinette.henry@lamar.edu  with the following subject line "Student's First Name_Last Name-OUR Grant 2018" by 5 PM, Monday, September 24. 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. 

Undergraduate Research
Lamar University • P.O. Box 10052 • Beaumont, TX 77710