There are three parts to the URSCO URCA proposal. The table below includes an outline of details.
If you are submitting a Community Based Research Grant or Community Based URCA, the instructions are different.
**All Proposals Must be Submitted by the Faculty Research Mentor***
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|Links to submit your proposal||
We are not accepting proposals at this time.
|1. Title page||
|2. Three page project description||
The actual project description can not exceed three pages in length.
Standard 1 inch margins on the top, bottom, left and right sides. You must use the font “Calibri” (no smaller than 11 point).
The project description should be written in jargon-free English, and include the following sections:
3. Literature Cited page
|Limit references/literature cited to ONE page. This page should only contain a list of cited works.|
* If the mentor is a faculty member in a non-tenure line, a letter from that person’s supervisor is required to address how the completion of the project and mentoring of the student will continue if the mentor leaves UNCG prior to the completion of the project.
All nonconsumable items purchased in support undergraduate research/creative inquiry become property of UNCG.
Students are paid up to a $1,500 stipend for a given funding period (summer I, summer II, fall semester, and spring semester). Applicants may request a maximum of $3,000 for each student. The application has to specify the actual requested amount for each of the funding periods, with justification of any amount in excess of $500 per period.
The mentor should provide reasons for giving the student money in addition to the benefits (specified earlier in the application) students receive when working on the project.
One such reason may be that the project is very time demanding; if so, provide a justification for the hours the student is expected to work. Another reason may be that the student would otherwise take a higher paying job.
Keep in mind that some benefits (such as a training in XYZ technique that is very important for student’s future career) are probably worth much more than the little bit of extra money the URSCO can provide in excess of $500 that the student could get for the period if the project is funded.
The stipend will be paid to the student and it is up to the student to decide what to do with the money.
It is okay to receive course credit and the URSCO URCA award for the same project, but no student should be paid for the same work twice.
The URSCO URCA program can also support post-Baccalaureate degree seeking students who are enrolled at UNCG.
The only requirement is that the faculty mentor is confident and comfortable working with the student.
No, a student may be enrolled part time.
Up to two students. This can be accomplished in one of three ways:
In the last case, the faculty mentor should clearly distinguish the unique role each student will play in the project, as well as the skill development and benefits each will receive.
No strict limit will be enforced. However, be reasonable and do not submit too many. The selection process is not a lottery and submitting an avalanche of proposals does not increase your chances of being funded. Keep in mind that you should provide different benefits for different projects or students.
Yes. However it is important to clearly delineate the role the student will play in the overall project as well as the benefits for the student and mentor.
Any member of the UNCG faculty can request support for an UNCG undergraduate. Individuals who are on post-doctoral assignments are also eligible to apply. If the mentor is not in a tenure-track line, a letter from their supervisor is required to address how the student will complete the project if the mentor should leave UNCG prior to its completion.
Click here for instructions on how to submit an URSCO URCA award proposal.
Click on the links below to see an example of an URCA proposals selected for funding in Summer 2014.
Please make sure your proposal has sections A-G. (See instructions for applications for more details)
Soon after the proposal deadline, copies of requests are distributed a review committee comprised of faculty. Each member of the committee evaluates the proposals independently and assigns each a score. The committee then meets to discuss the proposals and decides which to support at at what level.
The actual research/creative activity proposal will be judged only indirectly. The review process will have two stages. First, it will be determined whether or not the proposal is worth funding. Then, the committee will consider the requested amount and the justification for it and make a recommendation to either: 1) offer the award as requested, 2) offer the award with a smaller than requested amount, 3) do not offer the award.
A proposal can receive a maximum of 70 points (up to 10 points each for sections A – G).