The James R. Larson and Vicki Lord Larson Undergraduate Research Fellowship
2018 James R. Larson and Vicki Lord Larson Fellowship Winner
The James R. Larson and Vicki Lord Larson Fellowship goes to Jordan Egner-Schnitzler, who is doing research with Dr. Matt Jewell. Jordan explores, at the microscopic level, how bismuth-based wires used in superconductors respond to stress with the goal of designing wires less prone to damage during use.
Jordan Egner- Schnitzler (middle) with mentor Matt Jewell and Provost Kleine.
The James R. Larson and Vicki Lord Larson Fellowship Honorable Mention goes to Samantha Meyer, who is doing research with Dr. Bart Dahl. Samantha works on the design and synthesis of molecules that can be used as switches that are controlled by the level of acidity or pH.Samantha Meyer (middle) with mentor Bart Dahl and Provost Kleine.Previous Award Winners:
The James R. Larson and Vicki Lord Larson Undergraduate
Research Fellowship was created
and is endowed through the generosity of Vicki Lord Larson, UW-Eau Claire
Chancellor Emerita. A scholar herself,
Dr. Larson's goal is to support student researchers and their faculty mentors
through this award.
The recipient will be an undergraduate student with junior or senior standing at UW-Eau Claire during the award period. The recipient will have conducted outstanding collaborative research or demonstrated the potential for outstanding undergraduate research. Students from all disciplines may apply. A secondary goal of the donor is to expand the
disciplinary background of those receiving research awards.
D. Application Process:
Working with the Faculty Mentor
Before beginning the application, the student should consult with their faculty mentor for advice in writing the proposal.
Before beginning the application, the student should notify their faculty mentor to expect two emails from "Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network" or "email@example.com". The first email requests a letter of recommendation for the student. The second email requests the faculty mentor's CV. The student's name will appear in the subject line of the emails. The mentor uploads these confidential documents directly online; they do not print and mail their documents.
Preparing the Proposal
Faculty mentors are strongly encouraged to mentor students in proposal-writing. For students, the Center for Writing Excellence, located on the second floors of Centennial Hall and McIntyre Library, can help at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to organizing arguments and polishing claims.
Before you begin the application, prepare the following information:
- Research Project Title
- Expected Graduation Date
- Research Project Abstract (150 word maximum): A brief summary of the project. For more information on writing abstracts, refer to the ORSP Abstract Writing Guide.
- Faculty Mentor Letter of Recommendation: The student enters the faculty mentor's name and email address on the application. When the student saves the application or clicks Next, the system sends an email request to the faculty mentor for the letter of recommendation.
- Faculty Mentor CV: The student enters the faculty mentor's name and email address on the application. When the student saves the application or clicks Next, the system sends an email request to the faculty mentor for the faculty mentor's CV.
- Unofficial Transcript (PDF document): To download an unoffical transcript, refer to the instructions on the LTS website.
- Student Resume (Word or PDF document) : Include previous research projects and achievements.
- Statement of Financial Need (optional)
- Research Project Proposal Narrative (Word or PDF document): The narrative is a plan for the proposed collaborative research to be accomplished during the award period. It should be written for an audience of non-specialists in the area of study. The narrative should be no more than 5 pages (excluding the list of literature cited), have a minimum of 1 inch margins on all sides, be in Times New Roman, 12 point font and double spaced. It should include clear statements of the:
- Project description and its relationship to the state of knowledge in the field
- Significance of the proposed project
- Nature and extent of student involvement
- Plan for disseminating the results
- List of literature cited
Accessing the Application
Students apply for this award directly, with assistance from their faculty/staff research mentor. To start an application for the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship:
- Go to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network.
- Login using your UWEC username and password.
- From the My Tasks list, select the Student Research Scholarship Application and click Start Application.
Note that the application process is the same for the James R. Larson and Vicki Lord Larson Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship.
E. Application Deadline:
The proposal is due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by April 2, 2019.
This Fellowship will be administered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs under the direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research. The selection committee will consist of faculty members with representation from each college represented in the applicant pool. This committee will select the recipient on a best qualified basis and in accordance with donor guidelines established by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Student financial status may be used as a factor in order to break a tie. The recipient will be notified prior to the end of the spring semester, and the scholarship funds will be awarded for the next academic year.