Student Research Award - Application Guidelines

Complete applications should include:

1.  Application form  Be sure to obtain all signatures requested.  

2.  Project proposal  Maximum of 5 pages, including the following elements:

a.  Abstract.  Write a summary of no more than 100 words describing the purpose and methods of the project.

b.  Student’s background/preparedness.  Discuss relevant preparation from academic courses, research assistantships, and/or other experiences (e.g., work, internships, travel).  What makes this research area interesting to you?

c.  Research purpose, significance, and rationale.  Discuss the purpose and value of the research in both non-technical as well as formal disciplinary terms.  Provide background on the topic, such as its theoretical/historical context in general and within the field, and include citations of directly relevant prior research.

d.  Methods of study.  Discuss hypotheses or specific questions to be investigated and methods of analysis or proof to be applied. 

e.  Communicating findings.  Describe how you will communicate the results of the project to the Puget Sound community in a manner appropriate to the project (e.g., written paper, seminar presentation, etc). 

f.  Bibliography (this may be in addition to the five-page proposal).  If appropriate, you may divide this section into works cited in the proposal and those you propose to examine as part of the project.

g.  Will your research involve human subjects? If so, you will need to obtain approval from the IRB (Institutional Review Board) before carrying out your research. If your project requires IRB committee approval, the protocol must be reviewed and approved before the last committee meeting of the semester or year.   No funds for research involving human subjects will be released without this documentation being on file in the Associate Deans’ Office prior to beginning research.  IRB documents included in your application are not counted against the 5-page maximum length.

h.  Will your research involve nonhuman vertebrate subjects? If so, you will need to obtain approval from the IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) before carrying out your research. If your project requires IACUC approval, the protocol must be reviewed and approved before the last committee meeting of the semester or year.   No funds for research involving nonhuman vertebrate subjects will be released without this documentation being on file in the Associate Deans’ Office prior to beginning research.  IACUC documents included in your application are not counted against the 5-page maximum length.

3.  Budget  Please prepare a budget that includes a list of all anticipated expenses, an explanation and justification for each expense, and the expected cost of each item.  Be explicit on all items listed.  For example, “mailing expenses” should include number of pieces at a specific cost; “mileage” should include number of trips and destinations @ .535 cents per mile; “equipment” should list specific items with cost including sales tax; “materials” should include quantities and include sales tax. Note the UEC will not pay more than $2.00 per subject for survey mailing-related costs, or more than $2.00 per minute for transcription costs.  Be sure to identify all of the anticipated research expenses, even if this brings the total to more than $500, and clarify how you will execute the project if the budget exceeds the $500 maximum award.  

4.  Letter of support  Obtain from the project faculty advisor.  This letter should address such items as project value and feasibility, value to the student’s educational and/or professional goals, relationship to the student’s current educational program, and accuracy and completeness of the proposed budget.

5.  Travel documentation if applicable. (See application form for details.)