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The Freedom to Write
It's every writer's dream: to be freed from the daily worries of life with plenty of time to write. Abby Goodhart's dream came true when she was awarded an Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship to spend the summer writing poetry. Gifts from Capital University alumni and fr...
From adolescence through adulthood, we’re observing a generation who appears remarkably fluent in multi-tasking. They weave through social media sites effortlessly, text friends with lightning speed, and journal nearly every hour of their lives through the lens of a smartphone. Collectively, we’re Generation Tech.But we’re also finding out that, despite having endless access to information, Generation Tech is becoming increasingly clueless when it comes to filtering accuracy and trustworthiness in the 24/7/365 news cycle afforded by modern technology.That’s the topical space where Valerie Szabo, a rising senior at Capital University, is spending her summer as part of a 10-week research project. She is one of eight Capital students who have been awarded the honor of Summer Scholar, participating in a high-impact program offered here, which allows students to conduct their own research on campus with a faculty mentor....
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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.
Proposal Guidelines:To be considered for funding your proposal must include the following information: Cover SheetPlease include the following items on the first page of your proposal.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 6894, CMC 285. Proposal deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018