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Application Deadline: January 15, 2015
The Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence will award up to 4 undergraduate research fellowships for projects to be begun now and completed during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Students may receive grants of up to $500. Each student application must be endorsed by a faculty research advisor who will supervise the project throughout the semester. Funds have been provided through the generous support of the Trustees Council on Penn Women.
All full-time Penn undergraduate students enrolled in any school who want to undertake research pertinent to violence in relationships (for example, child abuse, sexual abuse and sexual assault, battering, psychological abuse, economic abuse, teen dating violence) are eligible to apply. Projects exploring empirical and normative issues of violence in relationships in any part of the world are eligible. Applicants are expected but not required to conduct research that will contribute to the writing of a senior thesis or an independent study course during the 2015-2016 academic year. Work may involve travel to libraries, archives, field or interview sites, government agencies, NGOs, or other institutions.
All proposals that include human subjects (whether through primary data collection or the use of existing data) must receive IRB approval from the Office of Research Administration prior to receiving funding. Applicants who are funded must be prepared to submit an IRB application within two weeks of announcement of award.
Funds will be disbursed directly to the student – 50% upon decision (or, if involving human subjects, submission of IRB materials) and 50% upon completion of the reporting requirements (see next paragraph).
All grant recipients are required to participate in monthly seminars during spring semester, which will include discussions of research issues and strategies in the field of family violence. All grant recipients also are required to submit a written summary of their work (no more than 1000 words) and make a short oral presentation about their completed research by the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. The presentation will be at an Ortner Center meeting, which will be open to interested persons at Penn and community-based agencies and others the awardee may choose to invite.
Please prepare the following in one .pdf document, named “YOUR PENNKEY”:
- A statement not exceeding 1000 words describing the aims and rationale for the research project. Indicate as concretely as possible your preliminary research plans.
- A budget of your anticipated research expenses. Appropriate items include research travel, housing, food, and phone costs, book and document costs, fees to use archives, survey costs, etc. List and provide the amount and rationale for each item.
- A copy of your PennInTouch transcript.
- A copy of your resume.
Click here to go to the web-based application, where you will be asked to fill out a form and upload the above prepared document. Applications are due no later than January 15, 2015.
You must submit all these materials in a single file in .pdf format. No other format will be accepted. To create a copy of your Penn transcript, go to Penn InTouch and print your transcript to pdf. (If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, download the free installer or use a Penn computer that has Adobe Acrobat installed.) Print and save each document as a pdf, then create a single pdf file as indicated above by navigating to Acrobat’s “File -> Create -> Combine Files into a Single PDF” feature.
Letter of Recommendation
In addition, your faculty research advisor must separately submit a supporting letter of recommendation on your behalf indicating the role the advisor will play in supervising your research in the spring semester of the 2015-2016 academic year. In this letter, your faculty advisor should discuss the feasibility of the project and the adequacy of your preparation to undertake it. The letter should make clear the nature and extent of your contribution in formulating and carrying out the project.
The letter should:
- Review and comment on the student’s projected budget
- Discuss the project’s feasibility and the adequacy of the applicant’s preparation to complete it
- Describe the extent of the student’s contribution in formulating and carrying out the project
- Advise the student on any applicable Institutional Review Board or related issues
- If applicable, please indicate what supplies or support might be provided by your lab or budget
Please request the letter as soon as possible from your faculty research advisor via the Recommendation Request Form, and inform your faculty research advisor whether you have chosen to keep their letter confidential and waive your right of access to it.
Decisions about proposals are expected to be made by February 1, 2015.
Dr. Ann Vernon-Grey
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6244
Questions concerning this grant should be directed to Professor Susan B. Sorenson, Director, Ortner Center, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 215.573-1169.