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Spring Research, Scholarly + Creative Activity (RSCA)

Undergraduate Scholarly Projects during the Spring semester

When funds remain, it may be possible to support some spring semester/early summer student-faculty research and creative activity projects. Similar to other mentored student research projects, these are funded by Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition. Awards are typically smaller through this program. Preference will be given to new projects.

Purpose and Overview:

Awards of up to $2,400 per project with the following limits:  $1000 stipend per student and up to $400 in services/supplies/travel.  Stipend funds must be spent by the last pay period in June 2022 (i.e., mid-June); travel and services/supplies funds need to be spent by early June.  Funds do not carry-over into the new fiscal year that starts on July 1.Students who receive awards may present at UW-Eau Claire Student Research Day (or UW System Symposium or approved alternative venue) in either 2022 or 2023, depending on circumstances.


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. Students must be enrolled at least half time to be eligible. 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 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Attachments (2):  [Note mentor vita not required.]
    1. 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:

        1. Project aims (e.g., research question, project goal(s))
        2. Disciplinary context and significance
        3. Theoretical approach, process and/or methodology
        4. If this is a continuing project, activity and results to date
    2. Mentoring Narrative: A PDF or Word document no longer than 2 pages (include page numbers) that addresses:
      1. Nature of student activities and learning
        1. Project steps, including dissemination plan (suggest time-line if possible)
        2. Class rank, experience and preparation of students (those already selected or those to be recruited)
        3. Research skills and dispositions student(s) will experience/be exposed to
      2. Faculty mentoring approaches and activities planned, such as:
        1. Structure, nature and frequency of student-faculty interactions
        2. Training and scaffolding of skills (e.g., research methods, research ethics, preparation for dissemination)
      3. History of prior activities in faculty-mentored undergraduate research and/or potential mentoring success
        1. Summary of previous projects (if applicable)
        2. Provide highlights and/or expected student outcomes
  3. Budget: Applicants must clearly explain and justify all requested expenses. Please use the new ORSP Internal Grant Budget Sheet Template to help craft budgets accurately for the budget explanation section of the form. The budget sheet is also a tool for mentors and their departments to monitor expenditures post-award.
    1. Wage Rates for student researchers: Suggested pay rate for beginning undergraduate researchers is up to $10.00/hr; more advanced researchers can be paid more, to the faculty mentor's discretion. 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
    2. Travel and Supplies: please indicate how cost totals are calculated.
  4. 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 chair on January 18, 2022. Proposals will be considered as long as funds are available. Those seeking summer research support that begins on/after July 1 should apply under the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program, proposals due mid-February.

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