Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Student Summer Research Funds on Canada

2008 Canadian Studies Student Research Awards

Thanks to a grant from the Canadian government, the university is able to offer two grants of up to US$500 each to support student research that in some significant way involves Canada or Canadians. Students from all fields of study, both undergraduate and graduate, are eligible for these awards.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 25, 2008

Evaluation Criteria:
A faculty panel will review proposals and award funds based on the clarity, strength, and completeness of the written proposal, the role of Canada in the proposed project, the appropriateness of the proposed budget, and the strength of a supporting letter from a faculty advisor to the project.

Responsibilities of award holders:
At the conclusion of the project, the student must submit an accounting of the use of the funds and a 1000-word written final report of the research conducted. These combined materials should be sent to Associate Dean Lisa Ferrari (Jones 212, CMB 1020) by September 30, 2008. A copy of the final report should also be submitted to the faculty sponsor.

Application materials:
All materials should be typed, except the application form.

1. Application form

2. Project proposal
Maximum of 5 pages, including the following elements:

a. Project Purpose and Background: Discuss the value of your research to your major or discipline. Your discussion should be accessible to educated people outside of your field, but should also indicate your facility with concepts and context specific to your field.

b. Methods of Study: Discuss the hypotheses of your research and the methods by which you will investigate them.

c. Student’s Preparation for this Research: Discuss the elements of your studies, work, or other experiences that have prepared you to perform this research well.

d. Bibliography: Please indicate which works are cited in your proposal, and which are materials you plan to examine as part of your project.

3. Budget
Outline your anticipated research expenses, including the expected cost of each item.

4. Letter of Support
Obtain a letter of support from the faculty advisor for your project. This letter should address factors such as project value and feasibility, the centrality of Canada to the research project, and the relevance of the project to the student’s educational program. Faculty Advisors should also comment on the accuracy of the proposed budget.

Submit the original and three (3) copies of the complete application materials to Associate Dean Lisa Ferrari (Jones 212, CMB 1020) by Friday, April 25, 2008.