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UWRF Undergraduate RSCA Grants Program

Supported by Student Differential Tuition Funds

Administered by the Students of SURSCA (The Society for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities)

This program is designed to support and encourage students to participate in undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities (RSCA). Specifically, it has been established to provide funding to support the conduct of RSCA projects in association with a faculty or staff mentor and/or to attend professional meetings with or without a presentation of the results from their projects.

The term RSCA is designed to be inclusive of all fields of study and their respective professional activities, therefore the program is open to students from all disciplines and fields. This means that the program is open to traditional scientific research as well authors, artists and performers engaged in scholarly or creative activities outside the normal classroom environment.

The program was designed and is administered by SURSCA (the Society for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities), a student organization dedicated to enhancing the culture of RSCA on our campus.

The program is designed with student peer-review of the competitive applications as a cornerstone. In addition, this peer-review process is overseen by the SURSCA administrative committee and then again by the Differential Tuition Committee to ensure that this important program is fair and constructive.

The program has three grant categories, RSCA Project grants (no travel), Individual RSCA Travel Grants and Group RSCA Travel Grants.

Project Grants

Project grants are designed to support student participation in RSCA projects with a faculty or staff mentor. The grant is intended to cover material costs associated with the project and so to facilitate the conduct of these projects. No travel for presentation may be included in these grants and they may not be used to pay stipends, salaries or other payments for the student, mentor or other participants. All costs must be fully detailed and justified in the application. The faculty mentor will be required to verify the use of these funds in order to maintain eligibility for future student mentees.

Travel Grants

Travel Grants are designed to provide funds for student travel to present the results of RSCA projects and activities (regardless of whether that work was funded through a Project Grant or not). In addition, students attending such meetings who are not presenting may also apply for travel support of “professional development.” Therefore, this portion of the program includes two categories of application–presentation and participation grants. The two categories are weighted differently in terms of funding and priority to reflect the relative importance and impact on the student’s educational and professional development. In addition to these considerations, travel to national/international level meeting will also be prioritized relative to regional and state meetings.

The Travel Grants category also includes a special subset of grants to fund “travel to present” at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). This is a premier meeting for undergraduate RSCA attended by students, faculty and administrators from around the nation. Each year between 1500-2500 individuals from all fields meet at a unique location and share their RSCA results. Since 2002, UWRF has sent more than 250 students to these meetings and has become a major participant in this important event. Therefore, a portion of Falcon Grant funding is earmarked to support this travel and will be given priority consideration.

Students who receive funding to attend meetings will be required to attend a Career Services (http://www.uwrf.edu/ccs/workshop_schedule.htm) sponsored workshop on professionalism.   Any student reported to be conducting themselves inappropriately while representing UWRF through this program will become ineligible for future Falcon Grants funding.

Complete an online application.

 

 

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