Undergraduate Research & Grants

Clarion University
Undergraduate Student Grants
Research, Scholarly, Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Civic Projects
Deadline: Monday, October 2, 2019

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any program at Clarion University are invited to apply for up to $800 in funds to support independent research/scholarly projects conducted in collaboration with faculty or staff project mentors. Research is defined in a broad context to include any scholarly, creative, entrepreneurial, or civic activity and is not limited to the traditional concept of empirical research. The project must be completed prior to the required presentation of his/her findings at the Undergraduate and Graduate Research Conference that will be held at Clarion University on April 11, 2019. In those instances, where the project is continuing or expected to begin after April, the student will present the status of the project at the conference or present the results at the following year’s conference. In these instances, students and mentors must indicate on their applications that the research will occur after April 2019.  The funds are to support student projects; there are no provisions for faculty compensation. Travel costs to conduct the scholarly project can be included in the project budget and are eligible for funding, but travel to present results at conferences or meetings will not be covered. Travel costs to present such project results are eligible under a separate grant: Student Travel Funds: Scholarship and Research Presentations. Projects can include one student or a team of students. It is recommended that all students who request funds be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.5 or higher) with no formal disciplinary record.     

The application must include the following components: 1) student research/project grant form; 2) student research/project budget form; 3) letter of intent and resume of the student project leader and a list of team members; and 4) a written letter of support from a faculty or staff project mentor.

The proposal should follow the format as outlined on the grant application. In multidisciplinary projects, several faculty or staff may act as project mentors. Late proposals, incomplete proposals, or those not sponsored by a faculty or staff project mentors will not be considered.  Because the research process is intended to be educational, the student and not the mentor should write and submit the grant application. We also encourage students to write proposals in a manner that is understandable to those outside of the discipline.  Proposals not easily understood by the grants committee will be evaluated accordingly.

One ELECTRONIC PDF file of the proposal should be sent to each of the Co-Directors of Undergraduate and Graduate Research: Dr. Susan Prezzano, Department of Social Sciences, Founders 310, sprezzano@clarion.edu and Dr. Chunfei Li, Department of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, STC 183, cli@clarion.edu.  All documents should be in one pdf file with a file name using the last name of the lead student. Example:  Jones_Study of Hellbenders.

Members of the Undergraduate and Graduate Grant Review Committee:

Dr. Susan Prezzano, Department of Social Sciences, Co-chair
Dr. Chunfei Li, Department of Chemistry, Mathematics & Physics, Co-Chair
Dr. Yasser Ayad, Department of Biology & Geosciences (sabbatical)
Prof. Robert Bullington, Department of Visual & Performing Arts
Dr. Joseph Croskey, Academic Advising
Prof. Gary Greenberg, Department of Visual & Performing Arts
Dr. Jesse Haight, Department of Education
Dr. Steven Harris. Department of Biology and Geosciences, Interim Dean of Arts, Education, and Sciences (committee emeritus member)
Dr. Janice Krueger, Department of Information & Library Sciences
Dr. Linda Lillard, Department of Information & Library Sciences
Dr. David Lott, Department of Biology & Geosciences
Dr. Miguel Olivas-Lujan, Department of Management and Marketing
Dr. Rod Raehsler, Department of Economics


Research Grant Form 2018-19

Travel Grant Form 2018-19

Last Updated 8/30/19