Mentor Awards

Every fall, full-time UAF faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students from all disciplines and campuses are eligible to apply for awards of up to $5,000 for undergraduate research and scholarly learning opportunities. Funding options include; salary for undergraduate students, travel for undergraduate students, and supplies and/or services to help support undergraduate research and scholarly activity initiatives. Individuals receiving awards must complete an evaluation in order to remain eligible. Applicants are limited to two awards (Mentor and/or ITE) every three years. Funds must be spent by June 30, 2018.

The deadline for this year has passed.


Scoring Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Purpose of the activity or purchase with respect to potential for mentor development or undergraduate research as a result of the funding. History of undergraduate student mentoring or a desire to initiate mentoring activities.

Is the purpose of the proposed expenditure:

  • to support/create a multi-student, repeating, research opportunity for undergraduates
  • to support/create a one-time multiple student research opportunity for undergraduates
  • to present at an undergraduate workshop
  • to attend a workshop or acquire training that will facilitate undergraduate research
  • to support one student, one time
  • not clearly expressed

The following qualities will be evaluated on a scale of 1–5, where 1 is high and 5 is low:

  • the explanation of the significance of the proposed project or travel is
  • the potential for the proposed project or travel to make a scholarly contribution to an academic discipline
  • the potential for the proposed project or travel to bring about an improvement in higher education at UAF (and beyond)
  • the written quality of the proposal

The following will also be considered in the evaluation of proposals:

  • the applicant articulates clear goals and/or expected student learning outcomes of the project or travel
  • the applicant, through articulate writing and inclusion of detail, makes a compelling case for funding the project or travel
  • the applicant articulates a clear mentoring philosophy and plan
  • the applicant proposes an appropriate budget for the project

Each application is reviewed by four members of the URSA Review Panel, a group of faculty members from from all disciplines in the arts/humanities/social sciences and natural/life and engineering sciences.



Elizabeth Smart and Dr. Joanne Healy


Dallon Knight and Dr. Sarah Hayes
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