The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award (URCA) is designed to help faculty and students partner in meaningful projects that result in advances in understanding within their discipline/field of study. Support can be used to help defray the cost of material expenses and/or related travel, or can be used to provide a stipend for the students. The general URCA program is funded through the indirect costs generated by external grants awarded to UNCG. Students can earn up to $3,000 (annually) for their work. Faculty can request up to $500 in support of the project’s cost.
Special Category includes:
All awardees must present their results during the annual celebration of undergraduate scholarship held each spring: Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo
Students are paid up to a $1,500 stipend for a given funding period (summer I, summer II, fall semester, and spring semester). Applicants may request a maximum of $3,000 for each student per academic year. The application has to specify the actual requested amount for each of the funding periods, with justification of any amount in excess of $500 per period.
The mentor should provide reasons for giving the student money in addition to the benefits (specified earlier in the application) students receive when working on the project.
One such reason may be that the project is very time demanding; if so, provide a justification for the hours the student is expected to work. Another reason may be that the student would otherwise take a higher paying job.
Keep in mind that some benefits (such as a training in XYZ technique that is very important for student’s future career) are probably worth much more than the little bit of extra money the URSCO can provide in excess of $500 that the student could get for the period if the project is funded.
The stipend will be paid to the student and it is up to the student to decide what to do with the money.
It is okay to receive course credit and the URSCO URCA award for the same project, but no student should be paid for the same work twice.
The URSCO URCA program can also support post-Baccalaureate degree seeking students who are enrolled at UNCG.
The only requirement is that the faculty mentor is confident and comfortable working with the student.
No, a student may be enrolled part time.
Up to two students. This can be accomplished in one of three ways:
In the last case, the faculty mentor should clearly distinguish the unique role each student will play in the project, as well as the skill development and benefits each will receive.
No strict limit will be enforced. However, be reasonable and do not submit too many. The selection process is not a lottery and submitting an avalanche of proposals does not increase your chances of being funded. Keep in mind that you should provide different benefits for different projects or students.
Yes. However it is important to clearly delineate the role the student will play in the overall project as well as the benefits for the student and mentor.
Any member of the UNCG faculty can request support for an UNCG undergraduate. Individuals who are on post-doctoral assignments are also eligible to apply. If the mentor is not in a tenure-track line, a letter from their supervisor is required to address how the student will complete the project if the mentor should leave UNCG prior to its completion.
The following are examples of URCA proposals selected for funding in Summer 2014.
Please make sure your proposal has sections A-G. (See instructions for applications for more details)
Six Tips for URCA Writers ~ by a reviewer
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