Phase One Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at noon
Phase Two Application Deadline: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at noon
Description. In 2007 Peter J. Grua ’76 and Mary G. O’Connell ’76 generously created an endowed fund to support, regardless of discipline, faculty-mentored student research. Awards from this fund will support student travel that will substantially enhance students’ honors projects or research being conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member (e.g., travel to library/archive or to another location to conduct research, or travel to a conference to present results). Awards from this fund may also be used to defray students’ research expenses such as purchasing of books and equipment, publishing research results, or any combination of these expenses.
Eligibility. All students may apply; however, preference will be given to seniors whose proposed Grua/O'Connell project will be completed during, but not after, their senior year and relates to their honors project.
Application Process. Scholarly mentoring is crucial for a positive research fellowship experience. Interested students are encouraged to talk with faculty early in the process so that they can identify a faculty member who will be available and willing to mentor the student throughout the fellowship period.
The Grua/O'Connell Research Award involves a two phase application process.
The phase one online application (closed) is very simple and will take a student less than five minutes to complete. For the phase one application, students will need to input their contact information, their mentor's name and email, and upload a PDF of their unofficial transcript from Polaris. When a student submits the phase one online application, he will receive an email with a link to the phase two online application form, and his recommender will receive an email with instructions on how to upload a letter of recommendation.
The phase two online application (deadline noted above) requires the applicant to submit a two-page project description and budget. The faculty mentor's letter of recommendation is also due by the phase two deadline.
Late applications will not be accepted, so please plan accordingly. Contact Corey Colwill with any questions.
Please note that there is limited funding available, and the application pool is extremely competitive. As a result, the Internal Student Fellowships Committee has to make very difficult decisions, resulting in some strong applications being left unfunded. An application, however, will be more competitive if it adheres to the following guidelines.
Selection Criteria. Members of the Internal Student Fellowships Committee review applications and base their award decisions on the following:
In addition to the above, please also keep in mind:
Award. Grua/O’Connell Student Research Awards can be used in conjunction with other sources of funding from the College (e.g., a College-awarded fellowship) or external sources (e.g., a faculty grant); however, preference will be given to applicants without other sources of funding. Normally, these awards will not exceed $2,000, and the College anticipates making eight awards during the fall 2013 selection process.