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    Capital University Undergraduate Summer Scholars 2018

     
    Undergraduate scholarship has been identified as a high-impact educational experience. Capital University strives to provide support for undergraduate scholarship through our curriculum, independent study projects, and Honors projects. Gift funds from alumni and friends of the University in the form of the Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship, the Faculty Summer Scholars Fund and the Boyd Fund for Undergraduate Scholarship provide Capital the opportunity to support student scholarship conducted under the mentorship of a Capital University faculty member during the summer term. The experience occurs during a 10-week period. Students are paid a stipend of $3,500 plus a campus housing allowance (both taxable). Faculty mentors receive a stipend of $1,000. Students who need supplies, software, equipment and other items to perform the scholarship activity may apply for up to $1,000 from the Boyd Fund for Undergraduate Scholarship. Note that this is a separate application. 

    General Guidelines and Expectations:

    • All Capital University undergraduate students who are in good academic standing are eligible, although preference is given to current sophomores and juniors. Students who are graduating in 2018 are not eligible.
    • A current, continuing member of the faculty who will be present on campus during the summer must serve as a mentor for the student. Mentors are expected to supervise project development and implementation and to routinely meet with the research student (a minimum of 10 meetings over the course of the project in addition to an orientation session and mid-summer group check-in).
    • The student must be in residence on campus for the 10-week research experience, although some students may need to travel off campus to collect data and resources. Typically such trips should not exceed three weeks of the research experience. Trips to collect data and resources should be described in the project proposal, and justification for longer times away from campus should be included.
    • Summer Scholars are not permitted to hold jobs during the term of their research. Summer Scholars are expected to devote a full 10 weeks exclusively to their project.
    • Academic, social and cultural experiences will be planned throughout the summer. Summer Scholars are expected to participate in all of these activities. Mentor participation is strongly encouraged.
    • All Summer Scholars are expected to present their work to the Capital community at the end of the summer and at the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship the year following completion of the Summer Scholar experience. Each student must also produce a final product that is submitted in electronic form for archiving. The final product is due to the Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning by the last day of the Summer Scholar period.
    • New for 2018. Capital University has been selected to serve as a pilot site for the 2018 Phase II EvaluateUR project funded by the NSF WIDER program (DUE 13-477227). As described in the call for applications, “the project will refine and disseminate a successful model of undergraduate research assessment that has been in place at [SUNY Buffalo State] since 2008. …this model closely links the teaching and learning process in a unique design that has improved student learning while producing rich empirical evidence of program outcomes and student knowledge gains.” The EvaluateUR process will serve as the assessment mechanism for each student-mentor pair. Therefore, plans for assessment are no longer required as part of the proposal process. 
    • No academic credit is awarded for the Summer Scholar experience.
    • The 2018 Summer Scholar term runs from Monday, May 7, to Friday, August 10. Students are expected to conduct and complete their projects within this period.
    • Orientation to the Summer Scholars program and the EvaluateUR assessment process will be held prior to the end of the spring semester. Both students and mentors are required to attend this orientation.
    • Final presentations of Summer Scholars projects will be made on Friday, August 10 followed by a dinner reception. All students are required to attend this event and should plan accordingly. 

    How to Apply:

    1. Contact a faculty member to discuss possible research projects and activities.
    2. Write a proposal that describes the research project and follow the guidelines given below.
    3. By 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018, submit an electronic copy of the proposal by email to Stephanie Gray Wilson, Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning, at research@capital.edu. This proposal must include the mentor’s and department chair’s signatures to indicate support for the proposal.

    Proposal Guidelines:
    To be considered for funding your proposal must include the following information:

    Cover Sheet
    Please include the following items on the first page of your proposal.

    1. Title of the project
    2. Your name
    3. Your email address and phone number
    4. Mailing address
    5. Date of birth
    6. Your major
    7. Your anticipated year of graduation
    8. Faculty mentor’s name
    9. Mentor’s departmental/program affiliation
    10. Student signature
    11. Signature of faculty mentor
    12. Signature of department chair 

    Description of the proposed project (not more than 2 pages)
    This section should include the objectives or goals of the project, the question of interest, the scientific/scholarly context or background, methods, techniques, or activities used in the project, and expected outcomes. A description of the final product (e.g., research paper, theory/policy analysis paper, creative work, business/marketing plan, etc.) should be included. The roles and obligations of the student and mentor should be described. A brief description of the student’s past research or relevant experience should also be included.

    Supporting Materials

    • Literature Cited or Bibliography. Use a citation format appropriate for your discipline.
    • Dissemination Plan. Describe possible publications and/or presentations at scholarly meetings that are likely to result from the project. 
    • Timeline. Must cover a 10-week period during the summer and should include a weekly schedule of activities to be completed.
    • Travel/Trips. Describe any trips planned to collect data or samples.
    • IRB or IACUC Proposal. Projects that involve collection of human or animal data must receive IRB approval before data collection begins. 

    It is helpful to the review committee if you present the information in the format and order described and clearly label each section of your application.  

    Proposal Evaluation:
    Proposals are evaluated by the Undergraduate Scholarship Committee (a.k.a., the Symposium Planning Committee) using the attached rubric. The committee ranks the submitted proposals and reports those rankings to the Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning. These rankings are used to determine which proposals are funded. It is expected that not all students who apply will receive funding.

    View the rating form used to evaluate Summer Scholar Applications.

    Need more information?
    Attend an information session on Wednesday, January 31 at 3:30 p.m. in Blackmore Library Room 110. Former Summer Scholars will discuss their experiences and Dr. Wilson will answer questions and provide guidance regarding proposal preparation.  

    Contact Stephanie Gray Wilson, Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning, at swilson@capital.edu, ext. 6894, CMC 285.
     
    Proposal deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018

     

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