The Department of Politics maintains the Anderson Fund for support of small academic projects performed by full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students majoring in Politics, DWA, and UEP.
Projects must be politics related and primarily academic in nature, although not-for-credit activities can receive support. Projects should also have a domestic focus. Funds will be awarded to students on a competitive basis based on an application process.
The criteria for application is as follows:
Type of projects:
- Senior comprehensive research
- Independent study
- Research related to a course in Politics or UEP
- Internships related to one’s major
- One semester
Use of funds:
- Travel to conferences
- Travel to libraries or research sites within the U.S.
- Equipment and supplies (i.e., tapes)
- Books, reports and other publications not available from Oxy library or inter-library loan
Deadlines for application:
- Winter break projects are due November 1
- Spring and Summer are due February 25
- Rolling availability of funds for requests of $750 or less with a description of what the money will be used for and an email offering support from two faculty members from the Politics, DWA, or UEP Departments.
Up to $2,000 per project (under extraordinary circumstances, projects requiring greater funding will be considered; however, the intent of the fund is to support as many projects as possible.)
Students are limited to one Anderson grant for each academic year (September - August)
Students cannot receive more than two Anderson grants during their years as Oxy students
All work on the project must be completed within the academic year in which the grant is awarded
Must apply for Richter, URC, ASP, or URC Summer Research funds where appropriate (i.e., larger scale projects requiring over $1,000)
Application should include the following information:
- Contact information
- Name of project
- Duration and timing of project
- One paragraph abstract of project
- Two page summary of project. The research proposal must begin with a clear, one sentence research question or project goal that you expect to address through your project. This should be followed by an elaboration of the project, discussion of its importance, explanation of the methodology you expect to use, a review of prior investigations by you or others, and literature citations where appropriate (for tables, figures and quotes).
- Pursuant to federal law and College policy, all research involving human (surveying, filming, etc.) subjects must be reviewed and approved by the College’s Human Subjects Research Committee (HSRC).
- A one page personal statement describing prior work which prepares the student for the proposed project and the importance of the proposed activity to the student’s intellectual or professional development.
- A one page budget for the project is also required. The budget should include an itemized list of all costs of the project and all the sources of funding which may be available, including departmental support, faculty grants and self-help as well as the amount requested from the Anderson Fund. Include only those items which must be purchased expressly for this project. Any non-consumable equipment will become college property at the conclusion of the project. Download the budget worksheet.
- If the request is for travel to a conference, the application should include a copy of the conference announcement.
- Name of supervisor
- Name of faculty member who will provide a recommendation letter. Recommenders can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed applications should be submitted to Jacquelyn in North Trailer A #1. Any application that is NOT complete will NOT be considered.
A report on the work at its conclusion is also required. This report must consist of a one paragraph abstract, a two page summary of the project activities and results, and a one page budget report. Reports are due in the Politics Department no less than one month after the completion date of the award. Reports missing for prior year projects will disqualify applicants from consideration for additional grants, and may cause a delay in receipt of diploma.
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (323) 259-2500
- Location: Swan Trailer A