Call for Undergraduate Research Grants Proposals
The Student Research Office (SRO) is soliciting applications for the Undergraduate Research Grant Program. All Purdue University Calumet undergraduate students in all fields of study are eligible for this grant. The grant will fund up to $300 for individual projects and $600 for group projects. Grant funds may be used to cover expenses (not student stipends) for research that PUC students conduct with PUC faculty mentors. Grant funds must be used before the students’ graduation date or by May 15, 2014, whichever is earlier. Students from all schools at PUC are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline Extended: September 15, 2013 (by 11:59 PM).
Prepare your application as two MS Word Files:
1.Separate Cover Sheet
Your cover sheet should include the following information:
2. Research Proposal (Maximum 2 Pages)
Problem Statement/Research Question (Question to be investigated):
State the problem that the research is trying to solve, or write a question that the research will try to answer.
Significance of the Problem (Rationale)/Literature Review:
State how this project is unique. Describe what new information you are trying to discover; or what new process is being used or what new type of analysis is being used on the problem. Describe what aspects of this work make it different from work done before.
State how this research fits within the general body of knowledge – previous work by others. Cite the references for the information.
Describe the context in which the research will be conducted—whether it is for a class, a competition, a continuation of other work, a part of an overall faculty project or something else.
State Hypothesis or Objectives (Outcomes):
Clearly state any hypothesis to be tested and explain what is expected to be learned from this work. Explain the measurable result of the project, such as: a piece of information, a constructed material, a method to analyze something or new analysis of old information. Specify what you plan to accomplish during this project.
Research Design, Methodology, and Activities (Research plan):
State what techniques and methods will be used to perform the research. Describe all instrumentation or software you will use. Explain how you will analyze the results.
Please note: Projects involving human subjects that have not received IRB approval will not be eligible for this grant. Please obtain the approval and apply next time.*
Place each budget item into one of the following categories. Give an actual or estimated cost for each item listed. Describe the function of each budget item and state why it is necessary.
Materials that will be consumed during the research.
Examples are chemicals for reactions, materials and components to be manufactured into a product, printing costs, or art supplies needed to create a project.
Materials that will not be consumed during the research program and will remain with PUC after the research program is completed. Examples are books, digital recorders, software or instrumentation.
Travel to a location to perform research or gather data not available at PUC
Examples are travel to use an instrument, to get information from a library or museum, to visit someone for an interview and to observe the subjects of interest, such as being at a town council meeting discussing the topic of the research or listening to a presentation on the subject. Do not include the cost of presenting research findings.
Cost for Use:
To supplement the cost for the use of some equipment
Examples are costs to send a sample away for analysis that cannot be done at PUC, to use a piece of equipment at another location or to get time on a supercomputer.
Examples of Costs NOT Allowed in Your Budget:
Refreshments for any conferences or presentations
Table cloths or any other decorations
Example of Submitted Budget
3 Tanks of N2 gas $80.00 each
N2 gas is needed to have an inert atmosphere in the furnace to prevent oxidation during heating.
1 kg copper powder ~ $100 for purchase and shipping
Copper powder is used to infiltrate into the iron matrix
2 visits to Illinois Institute of Technology $20 for mileage, $22 for tolls and $20 for parking
Need to use the tensile press and die at IIT to make tensile samples
Students must submit their application to their faculty mentor for review. Mentors are asked to review but not write the application. After the mentor reviews and approves the application, he/she will submit the completed application toSRO@purduecal.edu no later than 11:59 PM on September 8, 2013.
All identifying information should appear on the cover sheet only and not in the proposal to accommodate the blind review process.
Only the student’s mentor—not the student— may submit the application to the Student Research Office. This will ensure that the mentor has approved the application.
Please note that by submitting an application the student is agreeing that, if they receive URG funding, they will present their research during the Spring 2014 Student Research Day.
Proposals will be rated on a scale of 1(poor) to 5 (outstanding) based on the following criteria:
- Is the research problem or question well defined?
- Is the significance of the project clearly presented?
- Is the project objective or hypothesis clearly articulated?
- Is the research design, methods, and activities well described?
- Does the budget appear reasonable and does the proposal provide a clear justification for items included in the budget?
- Does the proposal convey a well thought out project with potential for success?
To comply with Purdue Policy, mentors must have received IRB approval for any project that involves Human Subjects (survey, interview, human behavior study, any interaction or intervention with a living individual, etc.) before the grant can be awarded. To apply for IRB approval, please go to the following link:
Purdue Policy for conducting Human Subjects Research:
To ensure the safe and ethical conduct of research involving human subjects at Purdue University, all Purdue faculty, staff, and students who conduct research involving human subjects must be familiar with and understand the underlying ethical principles, federal and state laws and regulations, and policies and procedures that compose Purdue University’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). To document the necessary familiarity and understanding, all Purdue faculty, staff, and students who wish to conduct research involving human subjects must be certified as having completed appropriate formal training and education before an application and protocol in which they are named will be approved or determined exempt by one of Purdue University’s Institutional Review Boards, or their designees.