- Cottey College will define Undergraduate Research as any investigation or inquiry that is conducted by an undergraduate student and makes an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline (Wentzel, 1997).
- Students who have declared a baccalaureate major with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,000.
- Faculty sponsors or students with at least a 2.50 GPA are eligible to apply. Students who conduct research for academic credit or capstone research are not eligible for this funding opportunity.
- Applications will be prioritized by merit and the quality of their application. A rubric will guide evaluation that addresses overall depth, forethought, quality and strength of individual application sections.
- Funding decisions will be made by an independent committee. The committee will be appointed by the President of Cottey College and it will be recommended that membership include representation from baccalaureate divisions and at least two upper division students. The committee will be convened and facilitated by the Director of the Serenbetz Institute for Women’s Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness.
- The application cycle will follow the below timeframe:
Semester of Research Application Due Selection Decision Funds Available Fall February March $3,000 Spring October November $3,000 Summer February March $4,000
- All undergraduate research grants will require completion/participation in the following:
- An assessment of the experience (developed by the Institute) completed by each participant
- At least one campus presentation
- A reflective letter (minimum of 200 words) reflecting on the experience and learning
- At least two photographs showcasing the immersion experience
The reflective letter and photograph may be used by the Institute in communications and publications. All paperwork is due to the Secretary of the Serenbetz Institute within 30 days of the completion of the immersion. Up to 10% of remaining funds will be dispersed upon receipt of required items noted above.
- All payments and reimbursements are subject to Cottey College Financial Procedures. 10% of awarded funds will be retained from student applicants pending completion of the items in section 7 above.
Hakim, T. M. (2000). At the interface of scholarship and teaching: How to develop and administer institutional undergraduate research programs. Washington, D. C.: Council on Undergraduate Research.
Wentzel , J. (1997). What is undergraduate research?. Journal of Chemical Education, 74(12), 1390.
Curious what applications should look like? Below is a sample that has been funded previously.
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