Student Awards

Please check the Award Calendar (drop down link above) for a complete listing of application dates.

We are available to help with any part of the process - please stop by the office, email or call. We have a notebook of previously funded applications in the office available for viewing.

Project Awards are offered three times each year.
Fall and spring project awards are up to $2,500.
Summer awards are up to $5,000.
These awards may be used to cover: student stipend, tuition, travel and supplies or services.


Travel
Awards are offered four times each year.
Summer, fall, winter and spring travel awards are up to $2,000.
Travel funds support presenting research or creative activity outcomes at a public or professional meeting or attending a conference or workshop to further the student’s research. Travel to conduct research should be funded through project awards.


Group applications
Students wishing to apply as a pair or group may do so, however, one of the students must contact the URSA office in advance of proposal submission for notification purposes. The amount of funding available will be limited to that round of funding. For example, two students jointly submitting an application for a project award may only request $2,500 total and should develop their budget accordingly.

 

Eligibility

  • Any discipline, any year of study, any UAF campus
  • Fall and Spring Awards - student must be enrolled in at least 12 credits at any UAF campus for current semester.
  • GPA of 2.3 or better - students on probation are not eligible
  • Students that have graduated are not eligible
  • Must have a mentor and an established project 
  • Students that have received full funding from another UAF program for a specific project are not eligible for additional funding from URSA
  • During any academic year (e.g., AY 2017 - 2018; fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018), an undergraduate student may not receive more than one travel award (fall, winter or spring), and one project award (fall, spring or summer). This policy will allow for a greater number of students to receive awards with limited URSA funds.

Requirements

  • Mentor must send an email to URSA prior to deadline in support of request.
  • Complete a final evaluation after travel/project completion.
  • Present results at Research & Creative Activity Day, April 10, 2018. Failure to participate in Research & Creative Activity Day and to submit a final evaluation will make the student ineligible for URSA funding the following year.
  • Provide a photo of yourself and at least one of your project and/or travel to URSA upon completion of your award.

Scoring Process

For any given round of URSA funding, 35–70 proposals are submitted. With limited funding we award between 8 and 12 proposals in each call. The competition is high. Once all the proposals are received, they are distributed randomly to four members of the URSA Review Panel. These faculty members come from all disciplines in the arts/humanities/social sciences and natural/life and engineering sciences. One of the reasons that we request that students write their proposal for a broad audience is because there is a high probability that several of their reviewers will not be in the same discipline as the proposal. The reviewers score the proposals using our rubric and they also provide written comments. The scores are entered into a database and we have a list of ranked proposals. We fund those proposals, in ranked order, until our allotted amount of funding is no longer available.

Scoring Criteria

  • Written quality of the proposal - write for a general audience

  • Purpose of the project or travel with respect to potential for academic/research development for the student
  • Potential for student learning and development as a result of the project or travel
  • Adequate faculty involvement in the project or travel
  • Emailed acknowledgement of support by the mentor to URSA by the application deadline
  • Preference will be given to degree-seeking students

    Evaluations are made by a minimum of four faculty members on the URSA Review Panel using the following scoring criteria. Applicants may receive comments regarding their applications.

    Evaluation Criteria
    The purpose of the student's proposed project/travel is:
    (evaluated on a scale of 1-high - 5-low)
  • Projects - to conduct or present a research/creative project
    • Travel - to present a research/creative project
  • to compete in a scholarly activity
  • to participate in an internship/immersion
  • to attend a workshop or acquire training that will facilitate a project
  • not clearly expressed

  Evaluated on a scale from 1 (exemplary) to 5 (insufficient):

  • The explanation of the intellectual merit of the proposed project/travel
  • The explanation of the proposed project or travel's contribution to a scholarly discipline is
  • The potential for the proposed project or travel to effect student learning or scholarly development is
  • The written quality of the proposal is
  • The feasibility of the proposed project or travel seems
  • The articulated goals and/or expected outcomes of the project or travel seem
  • Through articulate writing and inclusion of details, the student's case for funding appears
  • The faculty mentor's role and/or participation in the project or travel is
  • The project or travel budget and justification seems
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