Penn's Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grants
The Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grants provide financial support for an individual faculty member or team of faculty members to offer an intensive, 10-week summer research experience for at least two and up to five Penn undergraduates.
These grants are designed to provide faculty with valuable research assistance and to engage high-achieving Penn undergraduates in innovative research projects. While the student experience may be linked to a larger faculty research project, the primary goal is to engage students in academic scholarship, so students should be featured prominently in all phases of the project. Furthermore, while explicitly providing support for projects designed to take place for ten weeks during the summer, we expect this experience will encourage the development of a continuing research mentoring relationship between the team leader(s) and students.
Faculty members in any discipline from any of Penn’s twelve schools are encouraged to apply. Applications from faculty from underrepresented groups and teams of faculty comprised from across disciplines are particularly welcome. Faculty may not simultaneously receive funding from the Summer Undergraduate Research Grants and the University Research Foundation (URF).
While at least one team member must be a standing faculty member; lecturers, post-docs and graduate students may also be included. Engaging the local community by including Philadelphia high school students is encouraged.
Faculty applications are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016. All undergraduate participants will receive a $3500 stipend and the mentor(s) will collectively receive up to $10,000 for associated research expenses.
Faculty Applications should be submitted here
Please complete the following and combine in one .pdf document in preparation for electronic submission:
- General Information: include full names, academic rank, primary school affiliation, department, campus address, phone number, and email address of all team supervisors. Provide full name, Penn ID number, email address, expected grad year, school, and major for all student participants.
- Proposal (2 page limit): include statement of importance, background, hypotheses, methodology and continued research plans
- Description of undergraduate research mentorship plan (500 word limit): detail specific ways in which undergraduates will be actively mentored, with special attention given to the learning outcomes associated with the research experiences of the students. Include former advising roles and undergraduate mentorship.
- Explanation of team rationale (500 word limit): describe how individuals will work together to provide a collaborative research environment
- Budget (1 page limit): detail supplies, non-faculty salaries, travel expenses or equipment costs essential to the research. Faculty salaries and graduate tuition are not allowable expenses.
Upon request, CURF will work with faculty members to identify undergraduates to complete a research team. Faculty members may then review applications and conduct interviews prior to selecting the students they would like to include on their research team.
Project proposals will be evaluated by a faculty committee designated by CURF and selected for funding based on conceptual clarity, interdisciplinary approach, level of feasible involvement of undergraduates in the research plan, and potential for continued student involvement. Projects involving 3 or more undergraduates will be given priority.
Awarded investigators are asked to submit a final report within one month of project completion. All involved undergraduates will present a poster at two designated CURF events and submit a summary suitable for posting on CURF’s website. The summary should describe the project’s goals and content, what the student learned through the research experience and how participating in this research project contributed to the educational experience.