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College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Support for Undergraduate Students Engaged in Research, Scholarship, or Creative Activities

Purpose

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is excited to provide support, through timeslip employment, to undergraduate students who are engaged in research, scholarship, or creative activities. Funding up to $2,300 (including benefits1) will be granted to qualifying and exceptional undergraduate students who are engaged in or initiate research, scholarship, or creative activities under the mentorship of a faculty member during spring 2022.

Application

The application for support should be 4 pages in length and include all of the following components:

1. Research/Creative Activity Description (2 pages)

The applicant must provide a two-page description as outlined below.

  1. A brief statement (no more than 1 paragraph) introducing yourself, your class standing (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior), current cumulative GPA, and major/minor.
  2. What is your overall engagement with research, scholarship, or creative activities?
  3. Describe your current or planned research, scholarship, or creative activity and its significance.

2. Faculty Support Letter (1 page)

The sponsoring faculty mentor or mentors must address the following matters in a one-page statement of support.

  1. Confirm your agreement to support and actively supervise the research, scholarship, or creative activity noted by the student and the student’s qualifications.
  2. Describe the activities in which you and the student will work together.
  3. Describe your mentorship plan for the student.

3. Resume (1 page)

Provide a one-page résumé that  includes, but is not limited to, the applicant’s name, WSU ID number, mailing address (local, permanent, and departmental), telephone number (local, permanent, and departmental), e-mail address, and academic accomplishments.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Applicants must meet the standard eligibility requirements for CAS scholarships, including but not limited to, admission to a CAS major.
  • Students must be in good standing to receive CAS support.
  • Student research, scholarship, or creative activities must be under the guidance of a tenure- or career-track faculty member.

Terms and Conditions of Award

Funds will be deposited into a department/school account and will be managed by the faculty mentor (the student’s time slip supervisor).

Support recipients are required to submit an abstract to the 2022 or 2023 Showcase  for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) or other professional presentation.

The successful applicant will be required to submit a final report by May 15, 2022. The reports may be in the form of a scholarly paper, or a short written summary that accompanies a creative product, such as a collection of poetry or a dvd/cd documenting a creative activity. Submit final reports to CAS Grants and Fellowship Support at cas.gfs@wsu.edu.

Form and Deadline:

Submit application as a single pdf attachment in an email to the chair/director of your unit no later than 5pm on November 19, 2021.

Students: Please talk to your faculty mentor about who to submit the application to.  They will provide you with the name of the unit chair/director to whom you should send your application. This is particularly important for non-Pullman students, who will need to send their application to a chair or director in Pullman.


1 The award amount is intended to support undergraduate research through timeslip employment. The award amount is inclusive of wages and benefits. Roughly, this translates to $15 p/hour for 10 hours p/week for 15 weeks, plus the standard 2% student benefit rate. Please note, however, that benefit rate can vary. If so, the number of hours p/week or the number of weeks the student can be supported may have to be reduced. We strongly recommend that the student and mentor talk to their fiscal administrator.

Questions may be directed to cas.gfs@wsu.edu.