$50,000 grant will boost undergraduate research

January 21, 2015
Jessica Sprenger Schulenburg

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is the beneficiary of a $50,000 grant from the UW System. The UW System Undergraduate Research and Discovery Grant was dispensed through the Board of Regents Research, Economic Development and Innovation Committee.

“This is really big,” said Jessica Sprenger Schulenburg, director of URCE. “This is a huge impact.”

The money must be spent by June 30. It will be used for capacity building, which includes developing infrastructure, encouraging collaborative projects between faculty and students, and providing pathways for program development.

Sprenger Schulenburg has developed a variety of funding options. The options include:

  • URCE student research and travel grants, including travel and supply expenses. These grants, with funding of up to $1,000, will facilitate research and dissemination opportunities.
  • URCE faculty mentor and travel awards, which include up to $1,500 to cover recognition and travel.
  • URCE course redesign grants up to $1,000 each.
  • The formation of an undergraduate research registry through the URCE office, under the direction of Sprenger Schulenburg. “I want to know anybody and everybody who is doing research on campus,” said Schulenburg. “I am going to start cataloging which students are working on which projects. Are these ongoing projects? Will they be completed in a year? Are they attending conferences? Do they receive awards? Have they published their work? This way, if opportunities come, I can direct them to interested and available students.”

Sprenger Schulenburg noted that UW-Platteville will be hosting the UW System Undergraduate Symposium in 2016. This grant will go a long way in helping bolster the program prior to the symposium. “I’m looking at this as a marker of where we need to go,” she said. “I’m really excited about it.”

The research associated with the grant funds must create or contribute something new to the field. “For example, a lot of the lab sciences may be repeating the labs that they have done in the past, but if they get new findings on what they’ve created that’s contributing something new to the field,” said Sprenger Schulenburg. “If you’re contributing a piece of artwork or a new song or working on the lighting for a new performance that’s all contributing something new to the field.”

Stipends will also be available to faculty members who work with at least one undergraduate student on campus.

For information on application deadlines and requirements go to www.uwplatt.edu.urce.

Sprenger Schulenburg will submit a report to the board of regents no later than Oct. 31 outlining the impact the programs had on the students’ success and the contribution to the enhancement of undergraduate research at UW-Platteville.

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, 608- 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu


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