The Student-Faculty Research Collaboration program, supported by Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition, supports student research during the academic year. Research collaboration is understood to include in-depth faculty-mentored undergraduate scholarly projects in any discipline.
Purpose and Overview:
This research program, funded by Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition, is intended to facilitate undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities during the academic year. Awards include funds for student stipends, supplies, services, and research travel.
The ideal project would involve a student in as many aspects of the scholarly process as possible. This will look different in each discipline, but might include:
- Identification of a question, problem, or creative scholarly goal
- Development of a process or approach to answer, solve, or achieve it
- Carrying out the project
- Disseminating the results of the project
However, the project should be tailored appropriately by the mentor to match the developmental level of the student. The level of independent work performed by a first-year student will typically be quite different from that of a senior student in her second year working on a project.
Projects under this program should lead to presentation of results at meetings of scholarly organizations and, where possible, provide baseline data for inclusion in proposals to extramural funding agencies. As a condition of the grant, students will be expected to present their results at the annual UW-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity or the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Students are also encouraged to present findings at professional conferences or meetings in their disciplines or at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR); travel funds for this purpose are available through the Student Travel for Presentation of Research Results program. In addition, it is not uncommon for a student to contribute to or co-author a manuscript for publication that results from their work. If the scholarly work will be ongoing, faculty are encouraged to use the results to provide baseline data for inclusion in proposals to extramural funding agencies.
Related programs that support undergraduate research:
Faculty collaborating with undergraduate researchers will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the grant award. Awards for the academic year will not exceed $2,800 per student project, divided among student stipends, supplies, services, and research-related travel. For projects involving students conducting research through independent or directed study courses, student stipend can only be requested for work performed that exceeds the mandatory course requirement. For projects with one student, a maximum of $2,000 in stipend funds is recommended; for two students, $2,400; for three students, $2,800. Funds for supplies, services, and research-related travel will typically be limited to $600. Requests exceeding these maxima must be clearly justified in the budget explanation. Students working on multiple projects may be limited to a maximum stipend of $2,800 for all projects in one funding cycle, depending on availability of funds.
*For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, student stipend award amounts have increased for projects with one student, a maximum of $2,000; for two students, $3,000; for three or more students, $3,600.*
Faculty, academic staff, and undergraduate students engaged in research or other scholarly activities in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Students involved must be enrolled half-time to be eligible for grant. A graduate student may also be involved in the project as a mentor to undergraduate students. Faculty and academic staff with .5 FTE or greater appointments are eligible. The proposal may be submitted by any member of the collaborating team.
The Student-Faculty Research Collaboration application (processed in BP Logix) 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 Student/Faculty Research Collaboration Grants 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 (2): [Note mentor vita not required.]
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
- Project description
- 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 (if applicable)
- Summary of previous projects
- Provide highlights of student outcomes
- 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.
Primary evaluation will be based on the quality of the student research experience proposed. Student-Faculty Proposal Review Form 2019. Where projects are ranked equally, preference may be given to:
- Tenure-track faculty, especially faculty in their first three years
- Projects that bring in new students
- Ongoing projects in which student and project have progressed appropriately
- Interdisciplinary projects
- Projects from underrepresented disciplines
- Projects that involve students in proposal-writing
- Projects from faculty with a good track record in research mentoring
- The first project from a faculty member (over a second or third proposal from a faculty member in any proposal round)
- Projects that develop promising groundwork for an extramural funding proposal
Deadline for Application:
The proposal must be submitted to the chair (or equivalent) by July 14, 2020. If funding remains after this round, additional proposals will be accepted until September 23, 2020.
Those seeking summer research support should apply under the Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.