Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA)
These awards will be available to students
who assist with faculty research, scholarship, or creative work.
The intent of the award is that the student will learn some of
the techniques, procedures, or methods common to the academic
discipline by participation in an ongoing project. Participation
in the project should contribute to the student's development as
an artist or scholar. The amount of the stipend will be
determined in consultation with the faculty mentor(s) based on
the number of hours the assistant will contribute to the project.
The stipend award amount will not exceed $800 (100 hrs @ $8 per
hour). An additional award for expenses, up to $300, may be
considered. It is expected that most supplies related to the
project will be provided by the faculty mentor. Travel will only
be funded if it is integral to the conduct of the project. At the
end of one or more successful experiences as an assistant, the
student will be encouraged to propose a project for which support
as an URECA scholar would be appropriate.
Projects can remain open for a maximum of 3 semesters. Stipends not claimed past that time period will not be paid.
The application process requires that the student and mentor(s) agree on the terms of the work assignment, the level of involvement and the role the student will play in the defined project, and the expected outcome. The student, in consultation with the faculty member(s), will submit a completed application packet, described below. Please have all sections typed!
In two typed (12 pt. font) double-spaced pages, excluding figures and tables, the URECA applicant will describe the purpose of the project and the role that the assistant will play in the project, and address the ways in which participation in the project will contribute to the student's development as an artist or scholar.
Be aware that the reviewers of the application will be drawn from a broad cross section of disciplines. Although parts of the Application form are to be completed by the faculty member(s), the student must write the statement of the proposed project. When two or more students will assist on the same project, each student should prepare separate applications and write his or her own statement of the proposed project.
The application packet should include:
Incomplete applications will be returned
unread. Use the application checklist to make sure that your
application is complete.
The original application with all signatures must be delivered by the deadline to Emily Born, at Ingram 011B on the garden level
Application packets must be complete to be considered. Incomplete packets will be returned for possible resubmission in the next request for applications. The applications will be evaluated and ranked on the basis of how well the instructions are adhered to and the degree to which the application meets the outlined criteria. These criteria include the following:
The award requires the student, upon completion of the work, to submit a reflective summary that describes the experience by telling what was accomplished, what was learned, and how the experience has shaped her/his perspective on research, scholarship, or creative work. In practice the report must describe the techniques, procedures, and methods learned through this experience. It is incumbent upon the faculty mentor(s) to have communicated these concepts and skills about scholarship to the student as a part of his/her mentoring of the student. This final report should be no longer than three to five typed (12 pt. font), double-spaced pages. The report should be submitted within one semester of the completion of the project or before commencement if the project is done in the semester of graduation. Final award checks will be disbursed when the report is submitted.