Graduate Student Research Awards



To support independent projects or research required for degree completion.


Applicants must be graduate degree candidates
In good standings with the University of West Florida

Note: Due to resource limitations, the awarding of these grants is competitive. The University intends to achieve the broadest possible impact with the funds available. Therefore, some applications recommended for funding may only receive partial support. Graduate students should explore other sources of funding prior to applying for this grant. Total funding resources for the academic year will be divided between the two application periods. Applications not selected for funding may be resubmitted in the next application period.

Award Details

  • Total Award Value
    • Up to $1,500 

Guidelines and Instructions

Application Procedures & Guidelines (PDF) 


SCAC Graduate Student Research Award Signature Page (PDF)

SCAC Graduate Student Budget Requests (PDF)

SCAC Graduate Student Grant Review Criteria and Scoring Form (PDF)

Submission Links

Apply here using the new electronic application! - Graduate Student Research Award Application

Graduate Student Research Award - Final Report Submission Form

Post-Award Instructions

SCAC Graduate Student Research Grant Investigator Responsibilities (PDF)

Calendar of Events for Graduate Student Research Awards

Fall 2015
Call for Proposals: Fall 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Submission Deadline for Fall 2015 Awards:
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST
SCAC Fall 2014 Awards Decision Meeting:
Friday, October 23, 2014
Spring 2016
Call for Proposals: Spring 2016
Friday, December 4, 2016
Submission Deadline for Spring 2016 Awards:
Friday, January 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST
SCAC Spring 2015 Awards Decision Meeting:
Friday, February 12, 2015

Spring 2015 Winners

Class A GrantsDepartmentProject Title
Baine II, Gary Biology Factors Influencing Nutrient Flux & Phytoplankton Community Structure in Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mississippi
Capps, Rachel Biology Temporal differences in nitrogen-fixation rates and abundances of dizotrophic bacteria within the rhizospheres and sediment of subtropical seagrass species, Thalassia testudinum and Halodule wrightii
Correa, Daniel Research & Advanced Studies Educational and Life Experiences of Doctoral Students in a Diversity Studies Program: A Narrative Inquiry Study
Dees, Daniel Biology Fungal Colonization in the Rhizosphere of Rice Plants
Errington, Claire Exercise Science Effects of a Commercially Available Energy Drink on Reaction Time, Cortisol, & Isometric Strength in Healthy College Students
Inman, Kristina Biology Investigations of HAX1 and HS1 Interactions
McCarthy, Katherine Biology Characterization on the effects of temperature, pH on the ctenophore wound healing response
McMillian, Mitchell Environmental Studies Estimating stream bank erosion: Improving practical methods
Mumford, Meghan Anthropology and Archaeology Pensacola’s Colonial Jail Archival Research
Sappington, Ericha Anthropology and Archaeology An Historical and Archaeological Analysis of Fort San Marcos de Apalache
Springer, Charles Exercise Science The effect of electrical stimulation of skeletal muscle on mitochondrial biogenesis
Class B GrantsDepartmentProject Title
Lanning, Sarah Exercise Science Can chronic electrical stimulation mimic the effects of endurance exercise?
Class C GrantsDepartmentProject Title
Coppola, Philip Biology Quantifying Habitat and Apple Snail Density Effects on Prey Availability to Snail Kites- Poster Presentation
Crawford, Mariel Exercise Science The Effects of Ankle Bracing and Direction on Knee Angles During Single-Leg Hop Tasks
Cruze, Zachery Anthropology and Archaeology Adapted Response to the Great Depression: The Garage Apartment’s Role
Cummins, Melanie Criminal Justice Homeless and Crime
Davis, Matthew Biology Atlantic Sharpnose Shark (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae) Stock Structure
LaGasse, Stephanie English Courtly Love in the Book of the Duchess
Okray, Jillian Anthropology and Archaeology Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone: Examining Relationships Between the Living and the Dead Through Decorated Headstones
Varney, Rebecca Biology Development of novel microsatellites for the hagfish Eptatretus springeri and analysis of cross-amping capability to other hagfishes

Past Graduate Student SCAC Award Recipients

Fall 2014 SCAC Recipients

Spring 2014 SCAC Recipients

Fall 2013 SCAC Recipients