Undergraduate Research Grant Competitions
Fall 2013 Competition
The Texas A&M University-Commerce Undergraduate Grant Program offers support for research and creative activities. This competitive program is sponsored by the President's Office, the Provost for Academic Affairs, the Vice-President for Student Access and Success, and the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies.
The grant competition is held once each semester (typically toward the beginning of term). Two separate competitions are held: (1) The Undergraduate Research Grant Competition and (2) The Undergraduate Travel Grant Competition.
The Undergraduate Research Grant Competition is held to assist undergraduate students who may require funding as they pursue research or creative activities. Proposed funds can be used for the purchase of equipment, software licenses, printing, postage, data searches, and data collection. Students may request a maximum of $500. These funds can not be used to pay student wages or for travel. Funds must be used during the Fall 2013 term and processed by March 3, 2014.
To apply, students must submit a proposal that includes the methodology to be used, expected outcomes, and funding requirements. The body of the proposal should be no longer than 5 pages (this limit does not include references, abstracts, or appendices). All proposals need to include sections on expected outcomes and fund utilization. Expected outcomes include (but are not limited to): a conference presentation, an exhibition of one’s creative work, completion of an undergraduate Honors thesis, and/or a publication.
The proposal must be readable and well-organized, and give sufficient details about what the project intends to accomplish, procedures for accomplishing the goal(s), clear statement of rationale for these procedures, realistic budget information, and clear time lines for completing the project. The proposed project should demonstrate intellectual merit, and contribute to artistic, or scholarly, or literary creativity.
Incomplete applications, including those without a faculty advisor signature, will not be considered.
Interested individuals should submit a hard copy (electronic copies are acceptable to Julie.Russell@tamuc.edu ; signature page must be hard copy) of their application to Julie Russell in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (2nd floor of Library, Room 225) by Friday, October 4. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Russell at Julie.Russell@tamuc.edu or 903-886-5963.
The Undergraduate Travel Grant Program provides funding for undergraduate students presenting their research at a conference. Proposed funds can only be used for travel to an academic conference at which a student is presenting their work. Verification of the applicant’s role (for example, a formal acceptance letter; the relevant page of conference program) must be documented. If the applicant has not received confirmation, an explanation must be provided. All awards, even if approved by the committee, will not be granted or paid until a confirmation document is received. Funds must be used during the Fall 2013 term and processed by March 3, 2014.
Grants are competitive and are awarded based upon availability of funding. Grant awards are application specific and can not be transferred from one event/location to another without prior approval of the Office of the Provost.
To apply, students must submit a completed application form and verification of their work’s acceptance at the conference/professional proceedings. The application form is not complete without their advisor’s signature.
Interested individuals should submit a hard copy (electronic copies are preferred to Julie.Russell@tamuc.edu ; signature page must be hard copy; no original receipts accepted, make copies) of their application to Julie Russell in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (2nd floor of Library, Room 225) by Friday, October 4. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Russell at Julie.Russell@tamuc.edu or 903-886-5963.