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.
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.