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Vicki Lord Larson and James R. Larson International Student-Faculty Research

International Student-Faculty Research

This research program is intended to facilitate undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities in an international setting. Awarded funds may be applied to research travel costs, supplies, services, and student scholar

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
• Reporting on the project

The project should be tailored appropriately by the mentor to match the developmental level of the student. 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 (CERCA) or the UW System Symposium. 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.


Faculty collaborating with undergraduate researchers will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the grant
award. Applicants may request funds for research travel costs, supplies, services, and student scholarships and faculty stipends. Awards will not exceed $10,000, however funds from the International Fellows program (IFP) may supplement this amount. Applicants may propose a budget most appropriate to their research and travel plans, with each item carefully justified; inclusion of a student scholarship is required.  Please consult ORSP if questions arise.


 Faculty, academic staff, and students (undergraduate or graduate) engaged in research or other scholarly
activities in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Faculty and academic staff with .5 FTE or greater
appointments are eligible.

Application Process:

For now, please use the International Fellows Program application form. Send the completed application attached to an email with the subject line “VLL International” to your chair with a request to forward to

Deadline for Application:

Chair should submit proposal to ORSP by October 31, 2019. 

Proposal Evaluation:

In this initial round of the Larson International Student-Faculty Research Fund, proposals will be reviewed by the
committee that reviews the International Fellows Program proposals.

Please note the following restrictions on these grant funds:

1. This award is contingent upon the receipt and acceptance of any outstanding final reports due from previously
awarded internal or extramural grants.
2. If this award is contingent upon approval by the University’s Institutional Review Board, if pertinent, and funds
will not be released until ORSP has the approved IRB protocol number on file.
3. Students must be currently enrolled undergraduates at UW-Eau Claire during the experience abroad for
students to be eligible.
4. If you anticipate having any unexpended funds, you should notify ORSP so that the funds may be used to assist
other faculty and students with their international research projects.
5. It is expected that the budget is accurate as noted in the proposal. Once monies have been awarded, no new
funds will be awarded for the same project due to inaccurate cost estimates.
6. Publications or presentations resulting from work funded by this grant program should acknowledge that
support for the project came from the Vicki Lord Larson and James R. Larson International Student-Faculty
Research Fund.

Please note the following requirements on grant funds:

1. Funding recipients are expected to present their research or creative activity outcomes at UW-Eau Claire
Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA) and/or UW System Symposium. Students
are also encouraged to present their results at other discipline-specific research venues.
2. Participants are expected to complete the materials in the online Studio Abroad system, as well as pay a $30
application fee to the program. Participants will be enrolled in the system upon receipt of this award letter and
notified via email with instructions.
3. All UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, and student participants must be enrolled in the UW system mandated
international health insurance. You and your students will be enrolled in the insurance by ORSP staff and the
coverage will be paid by ORSP. Each month of coverage costs $34 per participant.
4. The faculty/staff mentor must complete the Travel Information Form to provide an in-country address and
phone for emergency contact purposes, and notify ORSP of any changes in travel dates.
5. It is expected that you will not withdraw from your commitment to the International Fellows program except in
an emergency. If you cannot fulfill the requirements of the grant, you must notify ORSP immediately. You will be
responsible for returning all funds.
6. Faculty must be on-site with students during the entire duration of the project.
7. Faculty must meet with student researchers at least one time before departure to provide information on the
country, health and safety, money and budgeting, cultural adjustments, and details of the research project. In
addition, students are required to attend a mandatory orientation for all faculty-led immersion participants.
8. ORSP will enroll all faculty, staff, and student participants in the U.S. State Department Travel Registration
9. Faculty should meet with the ASK Center regarding proper procedures for paying international airfare, in country travel, and lodging costs.
10. Faculty are expected to track expenditures carefully and return any unused funds to the program.

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