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The Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research


2016 Kell Container Scholarship Winner

Michael McDonnell was awarded the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for his project, "Phosphorescence Excitation Sectroscoy of 4H-pyran-4-one in Its Triplet Excited State."

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Scholarship recipient Michael McDonnell (left) and honorable mention, Liz Laskowski (right).


2016 Kell Corporation Research Scholarship Honorable Mention:
Liz Laskowski, for her project, "Microbead Removal Using Smart Polymers."

A. Background:

The Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research was created and is endowed through the generosity of Kell Container Corporation of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in order to offer a premier award for an undergraduate student who is involved in student-faculty research collaboration at UW-Eau Claire. The $2,500 scholarship will be supplemented by a student stipend and project expense funds. The faculty mentor will receive a summer stipend during the project period. These supplements to the scholarship will be awarded as a Student-Faculty Research Collaboration or Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates grant through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

B. Amount:


C. Eligibility Criteria:

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.

D. Application Process:   Forms are being updated check back soon!

The application is processed in BPLogix and must be initiated by a student. The application is for the Kell Scholarship as well as the Larson Fellowship. Students apply for this fellowship directly, with assistance from their faculty/staff research mentor. Please visit the Using eForms and BPLogix page for a detailed explanation of the eForm system.

Faculty mentors are encouraged to mentor students in proposal-writing. For students, the Center for Writing Excellence, located on the second floor of McIntyre Library, can help at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to organizing arguments and polishing claims.

For the student, the application has three primary sections:

  • Basic Information and Summary: This includes selecting your faculty mentor and writing a 3-5 sentence abstract.
  • Attachments (6): all attachments should be a PDF or Word file.
    • Letter of Recommendation: from the faculty mentor who is familiar with the student's research and potential.
    • Transcript(s): Evidence of student academic standing as indicated in an official transcript of all college-level course work.
    • FAFSA: Evidence of financial need, if applicable. Attach a copy of your Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Student résumé: including past research accomplishments.
    • Collaborating faculty vita
    • Narrative: A plan for proposed collaborative research to be accomplished during the award period. It is strongly recommended that, whenever possible, faculty mentor the student applicant in writing the proposal. It should be no longer than 5 double-spaced pages (excluding list of literature cited) in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins. It should be written for an audience of non-specialists in the area of study. It should include clear statements of the:
      • Project objectives or aims
      • 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
  • Routing: Please fill in the appropriate routing order to ensure the application is properly reviewed.

E. Application Deadline:

Proposals are due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by March 30, 2017.

F. Selection Procedure:

This scholarship 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. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate student initiative and originality of student thought.The scholarship recipient will be notified prior to the end of the spring semester, and the scholarship will be awarded for the next academic year.

G. Reporting Requirements:

The Kell Container Corporation Scholarship recipient will provide a report by the end of the Fall semester indicating progress made on the proposed collaborative research. Positive review of this report will serve as the basis for continued scholarship support during the Spring semester. The recipient will also be expected to participate in the annual UW-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.