Student Research Mini-Grant Award 2019-20

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Purpose

The Student Research Mini-Grant (SRMG) is a competitive, merit-based award which supports undergraduate students, who are enrolled in a matriculated program at SUNY Brockport, in performing faculty-mentored research and creative activities during the academic year. The SRMG Award provides up to $400 for scholarly research or creative activity directly associated with a research project. Up to $600 may be requested for single projects involving two or more students. The award is designed to help defray the cost of travel, supplies, and other materials necessary to conduct the project. It is not intended as salary for the student.

Eligibility

  • Any student who is matriculated and enrolled (full-time or part-time) in an undergraduate program at SUNY Brockport is eligible.
  • Students can only win this award once per academic year.
  • Mini-grant awards are available to cover eligible expenses that directly support students’ research projects such as:
    • Travel for research (archive, field study site, etc.; award does not support conference presentation or creative performance.)
    • Laboratory supplies, materials, publications, or performance equipment

*It is understood that any equipment for laboratory or performance is the express property of SUNY Brockport.

Student(s) receiving support are required to participate in the College’s annual Scholars Day. Scholars Day provides students an opportunity to present their preliminary or completed research and creative activities in a student-friendly and supportive environment.

Post Award Requirements

  • Unused funds expire one year from receipt of award letter.
  • A Post-Grant Survey Report must be submitted utilizing the link available on the Undergraduate Research page as “Post-Grant Survey,” which should be completed by the award expiration date.

The SRMG Online Application should be completed by the student(s) with input from the faculty mentor. Projects involving multiple students submit a single application and identify all students. Applications will be reviewed each month. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Application Review Process

Applications will be reviewed monthly on a rolling basis by a committee of faculty, staff, and student representatives. Staff support is provided by the Scholar & Grants Development Office.

A faculty statement is required. It will summarize the project and the student’s role in that project. Outcomes from projects supported by the Office of Undergraduate Research within the last 3 years must be reported in the prior support portion of the application. The prior support should: 1) summarize the outcomes of past project(s); and 2) include information about the impact of the previously funded project(s) on the student(s) (e.g., results were presented at a conference; contributed to student being accepted into a graduate program; student received an award related to the project; among other possible outcomes).

Guidelines for Application & Materials

Complete the Machform Application (see form available on the Undergraduate Research webpage)

Attach the following documents

  • Project Description (1-2 single-spaced pages) This is written by the student with support from the faculty mentor. It should include:
    • A project narrative which is clear and compelling to reviewers who may not be specialists in your discipline. It should describe your research project (independent or group research and/or creative endeavor) in your own words.
    • The current stage of the project and how it fits into your academic study.
    • A timeline for completion of the research project.
    • A description of student expectations for guidance and direction relating to the project.
    • If your project involves conducting research with human subjects, you will need Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval prior to receiving the award.
  • Budget Details (included in the form available on the Undergraduate Research webpage)
    • Provide details of anticipated costs up to $400 ($600 for group projects) directly associated with your research project.
    • Identify other sources of funding for this project (if there are any), and explain how this award would enable you to complete the project.
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation from Faculty Mentor
    • Please provide a letter of recommendation from the faculty mentor who is supervising your research project. The letter must be submitted as part of your completed application.

Questions? Contact Justine Briggs Director of Scholar & Grants Development, at jabriggs@brockport.edu 

Last Updated 4/19/22