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Spring Research, Scholarly + Creative Activity (RSCA)

Purpose and Overview

When funds remain, it may be possible to support some spring semester student-faculty research and creative activity projects. Similar to other mentored student research projects, these may be funded by Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition. Although the limit per project is $2800, awards are typically smaller through this program. Preference will be given to new projects. Stipend funds must be spent by the last pay period in June; travel and services/supplies funds need to be spent by early June.

Purpose and Overview:

Awards of up to $2,800 per project with the following limits:  $800 stipend per student and up to $300 in services/supplies/travel.  Preference will be given to new projects. Stipend funds must be spent by the pay period ending July 2, 2020; travel and services/supplies funds need to be spent by early June. Students who receive awards may present at UW-Eau Claire Student Research Day (or UW System Symposium or approved alternative venue) in either 2020 or 2021, depending on circumstances.

Eligibility:

Faculty and academic staff with .5 FTE or greater appointments, and UW-Eau Claire students seeking to engage in research or scholarly and creative activity (RSCA) may apply. The proposal may be submitted by any member of the collaborating team. The names of all research collaborators should be included in the proposal, and the proposal should be signed by the faculty or academic staff mentor.

Faculty, academic staff, and undergraduate students engaged in research or other scholarly activities in all disciplines are eligible to apply. A graduate student may also be involved in the project as a mentor to undergraduate students.

Writing Guide:

Spring Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity

The Student-Faculty Research Collaboration application is processed in BP Logix and may be initiated by a mentor or a student. To start the form, initiate the Faculty Student Research Collaboration (academic year or summer grants) form and select Spring Call from the program dropdown within the form. Please visit the Using eForms and BP Logix page for a detailed explanation of the eForm system and please also see General Proposal Guidelines.

Faculty mentors are encouraged to mentor students in proposal-writing as appropriate to the situation. In particular, more senior students and students continuing on a project should be included in the proposal preparation process. Part of the mentoring process is to carefully review student-written proposals prior to submission. 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.

The application has four primary sections:

  • Basic Information and Summary: This includes selecting the program (select Faculty/Student Research Collaboration Grants), co-investigators, project title, project funding dates, and a 3-5 sentence abstract.
  • Attachments (3): ** Please note the change; the narrative is now divided into two documents
    • Research Narrative: A PDF or Word document. It is strongly recommended that, whenever possible, faculty and students collaborate on the research narrative. It should be no longer than 3 double-spaced pages (include page numbers; citations may extend beyond the 3-page limit), and must address:

Project description

  • Project aims (e.g., research question, project goal(s))
  • Disciplinary context and significance
  • Theoretical approach, process and/or methodology
  • If this is a continuing project, activity and results to date
  • Larger or longer-term dissemination plan for this project
  • Mentoring Narrative: A PDF or Word document no longer than 2 pages (include page numbers) that addresses:
    • Nature of student activities and learning
    • Project steps, including dissemination plan (suggest time-line if possible)
    • Class rank, experience and preparation of students (those already selected or those to be recruited)
    • Research skills and dispositions student(s) will experience/be exposed to
    • Faculty mentoring approaches and activities planned, such as:
      • Structure, nature and frequency of student-faculty interactions
      • Training and scaffolding of skills (e.g., research methods, research ethics, preparation for dissemination)
    • History of prior activities in faculty-mentored undergraduate research
    • Summary of previous projects (reference faculty vita)
    • Provide highlights of student outcomes 
  • Faculty Vita: A brief (no longer than 2 pages) faculty vita as a PDF or Word file that documents
    • Faculty expertise in the general area of research propose
    • Past experience as a faculty research mentor
    • Student and/or faculty presentations, publications, etc, resulting from past student-faculty research projects.
  • Budget: Applicants must clearly explain and justify all requested expenses in the budget explanation section of the form
  • Wage Rates for student researchers: Minimum wage ($7.25) to $8.00 is preferred for beginning undergraduate researchers; more advanced researchers can be paid more, up to $10.00. During the academic year it is reasonable for students to work 5 to 8 hours per week, i.e., 75 to 120 hours per semester; more work during Winterim and Interim is possible, but must be specified in the budget explanation
  • Travel and Supplies: please indicate how cost totals are calculated.
  • Routing: please fill in the appropriate routing order including your Faculty Mentor (if you are a student), department chair or unit director, and dean or equivalent to ensure the application is properly reviewed.

Proposal Evaluation:

Primary evaluation will be based on the quality of the student research experience proposed. Click here to see criteria used by project reviewers. 

Deadline for Application:

The proposal is due to ORSP January 15, 2020. Proposals will be considered as long as funds are available. Those seeking summer research support should apply under the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program, proposals due mid-February. Applicants should obtain signatures of endorsement from their department chair prior to submitting the proposal to their Dean (or equivalent).

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