Grants for Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Grants for Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research will be awarded to faculty members with a demonstrated commitment to mentoring undergraduates doing research. These grants will provide funds that may be used as a salary supplement, to offset expenses to support undergraduates doing research or for any other expenditure necessary to facilitate the faculty members continued support of undergraduate research.
Faculty members may apply for $6000 award plus up to $2000 to offset research associated expenses incurred by an undergraduate student. Applications are due Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
Faculty Applications should be submitted here.
Please complete the following and combine in one .pdf document in preparation for electronic submission:
Please put into one .pdf for upload:
- Description of undergraduate research pedagogical practices and history of research advising roles (1-2 pages)
- If applying only for $6,000 award, please move to #3. If asking for additional support for undergraduate research expenses, please provide:
- Undergraduate research project title, name of undergraduate(s), expected grad year, major, Penn ID
- Proposal (2 page limit): summary of current or future projects involving students. Include statement of research importance, background, hypotheses, ways in which undergraduates will be actively mentored, specific involvement of undergraduate(s) in research plan.
- Budget (1 page limit: detail supplies, non-faculty stipends, travel expenses or equipment costs essential to support the undergraduate research.
- Letter from Department Chair: must address historical and/or current involvement in mentorship of undergraduates in research roles (letters may be attached to the uploaded PDF or sent directly to Dr. Ann Vernon-Grey at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Faculty applications for the foundational award will be evaluated by a faculty committee and will be awarded based on demonstration of undergraduate involvement, sustained history of research mentorship, plans and potential for continued student immersion.
Investigators awarded additional funds for research expenses will be 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.