Research Scholars Award

General Information
The Research Scholars Award supports undergraduate students in the completion of their capstone projects. Marshall University students working on their capstone projects are eligible to receive up to $250 per academic year. These funds are awarded on a competitive basis. While award funds are largely unrestricted, they are intended to support capstone projects directly. Expected expenditures include, but are not limited to: travel, materials, photocopying, and equipment.

Please note that the Faculty Senate Research Committee (FSRC) has recently updated the guidelines and other criteria for the student Research Scholars Award. Be sure to carefully read the updated version of the guidelines prior to submitting your application.

Purpose:
To support undergraduate students (individuals or groups) in the completion of their capstone projects.

Award and Disbursement:
Individual students working on their capstone projects are eligible to receive up to $250 per academic year. Groups of students who are working on the same capstone project could be eligible to collectively receive the maximum amount per group (up to $250). For example, if there are five students in the group, they will each receive $50.
These funds are limited, and students may only apply one time a year. Applicants can request up to $250 in funding; however, the number of eligible applicants, amounts requested, and available funding budget could impact the final amount awarded.

Eligibility of Applicant:
Students must be completing their capstone projects in the semester for which they are applying. Funding may not be “held” until the next semester and must be used in the semester in which the student is completing their capstone.

Eligible Activities:
While award funds are largely unrestricted, they are intended to support capstone projects directly. Expected expenditures include, but are not limited to: travel, materials, photocopying, and equipment.

Deadlines:
The deadline for applications for fall semester is October 1st and April 1st for spring semester. Students can apply at any time prior the October 1st and April 1st deadlines; however, funding will only be awarded in the semester and year in which the student/groups of students are completing their capstone project. Applications for funding received after the due date for the semester in which the applicant is completing their capstone will not be reviewed or considered for funding. Applications are reviewed in November, January, March, and April. Recipients are reimbursed for their expenses after the activity is completed and applicants who fail to seek reimbursement within three months (90 days) of the start date of the activity will lose their funding and be ineligible for another award during that academic year.

Application Criteria:
1. A complete application form (below) to be used as a cover sheet.
2. A proposal (1 – 3 pages), written by the applicant, which includes:
a) A project title.
b) A description of the research or creative focus.
c) An outline of the significance of the proposed activity.
d) A project budget including a list of other sources of funding.
3. A letter of support from the applicant’s faculty mentor(s) with mention of the expected benefit of the project to both the student and the institution.

Accountability:
Awarded applicants will be required to submit a Final Project Report to the Research Committee outlining the outcome of the funded research or creative effort. This report is due on or before the last day of the current academic year. This report should be submitted via email to Senate@marshall.edu.

Assistance and Confirmation:
If you experience trouble submitting this application, please remove all commas from currency values. For example, instead of entering 2,000, enter 2000. Also, please leave out dollar signs. The form will not accept these types of figures/punctuation. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is successfully submitted. If you did not receive email confirmation, please try resubmitting your application. Please contact us at senate@marshall.edu or 304-696-4376, prior to the application deadline, if you experience any problems with your submission.

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Last updated 10/26/2021

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