Students who seek support work in collaboration with a faculty mentor to prepare a two to four page proposal describing the project, its significance and methodology; a one to two page personal statement describing the educational impact of the work; a one page budget; and a separate letter of support from their mentor. Students are selected for support under URC administered programs based upon the previously listed documents and without regard to financial need.
It is important to remember that ALL research involving human subjects must be reviewed by the Human Subjects Research Review Committee, research involving vertebrate animals must be reviewed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and research involving recombinant DNA or select agents must be reviewed by the Institutional Biosafety Committee. Students should be familiar with the policies and regulations concerning research in these areas, and must obtain the necessary approval BEFORE beginning their research. For more information, see the Institutional Review Boards website.
In addition to compliance with the aforementioned common requirements every funding program has its own specific expectations. You can find them on the page of the program in question. Make sure that you have met BOTH the general URC requirements and the program-specific ones in order to avoid a delay or failure to get approved.
Getting Support to do Research:
- Find a mentor
- Develop a research question
- You can come up with your own original research question
- If your mentor has an ongoing research project, you can create a question based on this research.
Regardless of the program and the topic of the proposal, the application usually consists of the following items:
- Application Cover Sheet (Academic Year) (Summer)
- Project Proposal
- Abstract (not required for Summer Research applications)
- Project description
- Personal statement
- Letter of support from mentor
Use this checklist to ensure all criteria are properly met.
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