To apply for the Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research Program, students should first identify a Truman faculty or staff member who agrees to serve as the student’s research mentor, then work with the research mentor to prepare the application materials.
Applications will be reviewed by faculty across a number of disciplines using the GIASR Evaluation Rubric. Reviewers are not necessarily in the student’s area of study, so applications should be geared towards an intelligent general audience.
Student and mentor names should not be included on the project description, budget, or IRB/IACUC plan.
1. Project Description (500-word maximum, not including references, budget, or IRB/IACUC plan):
A. A research project description, including:
- A research question or line of inquiry
- The rationale for researching the question
- A brief description of the methodology or research plan that is appropriate to the scope of the proposed project
- A timeline outlining all activities that will be completed
B. Description of the educational benefits for the student (2-4 sentences)
C. References that are relevant to the proposed research (references can follow disciplinary standards; however, must include the title of the document referenced)
2. Budget (one-page maximum)
A. An itemized table outlining expenses relevant to the project
B. A brief budget justification
Note: Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research provide funds of up to $750 per semester. Allowed expenses include:
- Student institutional pay
- Travel to conduct research (but not to attend or present at a conference)
- Supplies (books, lab supplies, art supplies, office supplies, sheet music, etc.)
Click here for example budgets and justifications.
Student may not be dually compensated for research with academic credit and student institutional pay from a GIASR grant during the same semester. However, funds may be requested from one or more of the other budget categories.
3. IRB or IACUC Plan (only if the research involves human or animal subjects)
A. A plan to acquire approval from the Institutional Review Board or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee before the start of the research project
B. A statement describing the status of the IRB or IACUC submission (in progress, approved, intending to apply by a certain date)
Note: Funds will not be dispersed until IRB or IACUC approval is granted.
Submit Your GIASR Application