Mentor award applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will open in October 2020.
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 mentoring undergraduate research and scholarly learning opportunities. Funding options include; fellowships for undergraduate students, travel for undergraduate students, limited travel for the mentor, and supplies and/or services to help support undergraduate research and scholarly activity initiatives. Individuals receiving awards must have their mentored students participate in Research and Creative Activity Day on April 6, 2021 and complete an evaluation. Applicants are limited to two Mentor awards every three years. Funds must be spent by the end of the current fiscal year.
Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
- Purpose of the activity or purchase with respect to potential for undergraduate research or scholarly activity 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 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 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.