Undergraduate Research & Travel Grants

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Description | Eligibility | Requirements | Application Process | Deadlines

Description

The purpose of the Undergraduate Research and Travel Grants program is to enhance the educational experience of students at UW-Platteville by:

  • providing opportunities for students to apply classroom concepts to hands-on, real-world projects
  • compensating students for their contributions to the STEM fields
  • encouraging a broader understanding of STEM career fields through research and travel
  • facilitating networking through conference attendance, research facility visits, or corporate site visits

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded through a competitive application process. Requests of more than $1,000 for large groups may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to receive an Undergraduate Travel or Research Grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UW-Platteville
  • be pursuing a major in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
  • have a faculty or staff member endorse the project or trip

All students are encouraged to apply, however, preference will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • are in their first or second year at UW-Platteville
  • belong to or participate in one of the following organizations/groups:
    • STEM Scholars
    • DRIVEN Scholars
    • Women in STEM Living Learning Community
    • Women in EMS Mentor Program
    • Society of Women Engineers
    • Math Learning Center Tutors
    • Other student organization or campus program that encourages a focus on STEM student success

Requirements

It is expected that recipients will submit a brief (one- to two-page) narrative reflection of their experience after research has concluded or upon returning from travel. The reflection should include a description of the ways in which the experience contributed to the recipient’s learning and growth. In addition, recipients will be asked to contribute to the knowledge of the campus community by disseminating research findings or knowledge gained from travel through a poster, presentation, bulletin board, or other format. If appropriate, recipients will be strongly encouraged to present a poster at the URCE symposium. Details of this dissemination requirement will be determined on a case-by-case basis with each recipient.

Application Process

To apply for a research grant, you must submit the following items:

Please note: Your project description should include an explantation of your hypothesis and methods and a proposal for how you'd like to disseminate your findings to the campus community.

To apply for a travel grant, you  must submit the following items:

Please note: Your trip description should include an explanation of how the travel will enhance your learning and a proposal for how you'd like to share any knowledge you gain with the campus community when you return.

Submit completed application packets in a sealed envelope to the EMS CenterPOINT:
In Person:   Ottensman Room 170
By Mail:      University of Wisconsin-Platteville
                  College of EMS CenterPOINT
                  1 University Plaza
                  Platteville, WI  53818
By Email:    centerpoint@uwplatt.edu

Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed at regular intervals. The deadlines for the 2014-15 academic year are:

  • October 3, 2014
  • January 30, 2015
  • April 24, 2015

Sponsors

Funding for the Undergraduate Research and Travel Grants program is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) grant #1161180.

 

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