Application Deadline: February 19, 2020, 11:59 PM
To apply for the TruScholars Summer Undergraduate 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 TruScholars Evaluation Rubric. Reviewers are not necessarily in the student’s area of study, so applications should be geared towards an intelligent general audience.
Student names should not be included in the project description, educational benefits description, budget, or IRB/IACUC plan.
1. Project Description (4 pages maximum including references, written by the student and mentor)
The following should be included in the project description:
- A research question or line of inquiry with research goals clearly articulated
- The rationale for researching the question
- A description of the methodology that is appropriate to the scope of the proposed project and to the 8-week program duration
- A timeline outlining all activities that will be completed
- References to relevant scholarly work
See the FAQ for answers to formatting and organizational questions
2. Educational Benefits Description (2 pages maximum, written by the student)
Students should describe what they will learn and how this opportunity will help them grow intellectually. Students may address this generally but also how this proposed work relates to their declared major or their intended career goals.
3. Budget (1-page maximum, written by student and mentor)
A. An itemized table outlining expenses relevant to the project
B. A budget justification for supplies and travel (does not need to include a justification for stipends)
Each faculty mentor-student team may request up to $5,750 in funds. Funds may cover stipends for the student (max. $3,500) and faculty mentor (max. $1,750). Monies for supplies and travel to conduct the research may also be included but do not have a maximum value as long as the total budget does not exceed $5,750. All expenses must follow University guidelines. All funds must be used by the end of the program period.
Student Stipend max. $3,500 Faculty Mentor Stipend max. $1,750 Supplies and Travel max. $5,750 Total Budget max. $5,750
Faculty may mentor any number of students in the TruScholars Program but will receive a maximum stipend of $3,500 for mentoring two or more students.
Students may not divide the stipend among multiple members of a research team; each member of a potential research team must submit a separate application.
4. 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.
5. Mentoring Plan (2 pages maximum, written by the mentor)
Faculty members should address how they will mentor their student in research. This will include practical communication mechanisms (e.g., frequency and method of mentor-student meetings), how the mentor will train the student in research methods, and how the mentor will assess the achievement of the student’s learning objectives. In order to attempt to make this a blind review process, please avoid using the student’s last name in the mentoring plan.
6. Faculty Mentor Availability Form
Mentors should fill out the PDF form and upload the completed form along with the application.
Note that this is a PDF form, with fields that should be filled out in the PDF file itself. The completed form can be saved in Acrobat Reader using the “Save As…” command in the file menu.
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Application Submission Issues
If you wish to update your application with new information, you must submit an entirely new application via the online application form. Only the last application submitted will be considered; any earlier applications will be discarded.
Report any problems or direct questions about the application process to the Office of Student Research at email@example.com.