Step 1: Review Important Details: Student Project and Travel Awards
Travel applications can be submitted at any time at least 2 months prior to the date of travel. Applicants must provide proof of presentation acceptance at the time the application is submitted.
The OUR provides support for undergraduate scholarly activities across all disciplines at the University. The OUR offers two types of awards, student Project Awards and student Travel Awards. These awards are indented to foster research partnerships between faculty and UWF’s most promising undergraduate students.
The student Project Award can be used for any activities related to research and scholarly work including supplies, books, duplication services, small equipment, etc. For Project Awards, the maximum funding amount is $650 for individuals or $1000 for a group (2+). Project Awards will also include an additional $100 stipend for the faculty mentor. When applying as a group, only one application is needed but the mentor must comment each student’s ability to complete the work (add additional student fields as necessary). Please note that extended project research with the same student is not eligible for funding in consecutive award cycles. Members of the OUR review committee and the OUR director are allowed to submit proposals for consideration. Any person who is associated with a grant proposal will recuse him/herself from considering the application for review.
Travel Awards are intended for student travel to present creative and scholarly works developed at UWF ($650 maximum award for individual). For groups of 2+ students presenting at the same conference, please contact the OUR to submit your travel request. Group travel requests will be more competitive if they include support from departmental and other external sources. PRIOR to application submission, students should contact their academic department, college dean's office and SGA to request any additional sources of funding. A detailed budget should be included enumerating any other financial support (if any) along with travel quotes (ex. Expedia, Travelocity for air fare and hotel rates). If necessary, use the following per diem rates: Breakfast $6, lunch $11, and dinner $19 and the Mileage Rate is 44.5 cents per mile. Include verification of presentation acceptance for each student.
All awards must be directly tied to a credit-generating activity (i.e. a research course, a directed study, a “capstone” project such as an Honors thesis, a special project in a course central to the major, etc.). For Project Awards, student must be enrolled in a credit-generating course specifically related to the project during the semester in which the funds will be used. For Travel Awards, students must present work completed as a result of a credit generating activity, although not necessarily in the semester in which travel will take place. On all applications, the course title and number of the credit generating activity must be clearly stated.
For all awards, the term “research” is to be interpreted as any scholarly or creative activity sanctioned by UWF including, but not restricted to, traditional scientific experimentation, intensive textual analysis, observations of social behavior, or the presentation/creation of artistic works. Although many undergraduate projects may stem from and/or be designed around some aspect of the faculty mentor’s research, they may also develop from the student’s original ideas and interests which are encouraged and guided by a faculty mentor. All submitted projects call for significant scholarly or creative input from the student.
All recipients of student Project and Travel Awards must present a poster, paper or performance during the Student Scholars Symposium in the spring. Funded projects will be eligible for free poster printing (contact the OUR office prior to printing for more information).
A detailed, itemized budget must be included. If your project budget exceeds the OUR limit, please provide information on additional sources of funding. If your project does not require the maximum amount, please only request the actual amount needed to complete the project. It may be possible to fund additional awards with the remaining funds.
Applicants are encouraged from all disciplines at UWF and must be currently enrolled undergraduate students.
Contact the office for more information at 850-474-2934 or OUR@uwf.edu