Pioneer Undergraduate Research Fellowship - PURF Guidelines
Deadline: March 8, 2013
||The Pioneer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is designed to support meaningful undergraduate research and scholarly activities under the direction of a faculty research advisor. In this context, research means scholarly activity, including laboratory research, qualitative research, creative projects, etc.
||$500.00 awards per recipient.
- All students are eligible to apply, i.e., majors in fine arts, criminal justice, humanities, agriculture, education, business, industrial studies, English, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, math, etc.
- Must have a minimum of 45 credits at the end of the fall 2012 semester;
- Must have a cumulative g.p.a. of 2.75 or greater.
- Awards are given to individuals; no group projects are awarded. Students must be enrolled at UW-Platteville in the fall (2013) AND spring (2014).
||The proposal must include:
- The Cover Page
- A 3 Ė 5 page narrative
- Budget and budget justification
- A letter of recommendation from the faculty research advisor with his/her signature on the cover page
||March 8, 2013 - Submit the proposal packet via email attachment to Office of Sponsored Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover page, with the faculty advisorís signature, should be sent to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).
Applications are evaluated by the Assistant Deans
Proposals should be directed toward a general audience.
Avoid the excessive use of jargon.
Include clearly explained and/or defined field specific terms, processes, theories, and concepts.
Revisions/changes in the PURF recipientís original proposal must be discussed with and approved by their faculty research advisor prior to proceeding/continuing with the research. Copies of the revised proposal must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs via email to email@example.com.
FY 2013-14 Recipients, advisors, and parents are guests of the Provost/Vice Chancellor Mittie Nimocks at the spring presentation/reception where they are required to present their findings in a PowerPoint presentation directed toward a general audience.
Final reports are submitted via email attachment in Microsoft Word to Office of Sponsored Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2014. Copies will be sent to research advisors and the Provost/Vice Chancellor. Questions and/or comments may be directed to: The Office of Sponsored Programs at 608.342.1456 or email@example.com.
The proposal application should include the following attachments:
- Cover Page including the faculty research advisorís statement signed (see attached).
- A description of your research project in a three to five page Times New Roman narrative using a 12 point font and 1 inch margins on top, bottom, and both sides, in the following order.
- Background. In this section, provide appropriate background information, e.g. the reasons why this project is important or the theoretical framework which underlies it.
- The Project. What problem will your project solve or illuminate? What creative task will your project address?
- The Solution.
- How will you solve the problem you described in B2; or how will you address that creative task?
- When will you start, when will you conclude your work, and what schedule will you follow?
- What resources (e.g. supplies and equipment, lab space) will your project require and how will you provide them? Attach the budget and the budget justification page.
- How will your faculty research advisor be involved?
- Dissemination Plan. How will you let other researchers or scholars know about your project? Where will you publish or present your completed research? Recipients are strongly encouraged to present their research at events such as the UW-Platteville Research/Poster Day, the UW System Undergraduate Research Symposium, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, or professional meetings in their discipline.
- Benefits. How does your project benefit you? How will it contribute to your educational and career plans?
- Bibliography. Include a bibliography that addresses the research you are going to do.
- C. A letter of recommendation from the faculty research advisor along with his/her signature on the cover page above. The letter should clearly state how the faculty member will be involved and his/her understanding of your research project.