Undergraduate Research & Grants

Clarion University
Undergraduate Student Grants
Research, Scholarly, Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Civic Projects
Deadline: Monday, October 12, 2015

Undergraduate students enrolled in any program at Clarion University are invited to apply for up to $800 in funds to support independent research or scholarly projects conducted in collaboration with faculty or staff project advisors. Research is defined in a broad context to include any scholarly, creative, entrepreneurial, or civic activity and is not limited to the traditional concept of empirical research. The project must be completed prior to April 2016 when the student is required to present his/her findings at the Undergraduate Research Conference that will be held at Clarion University on April 21, 2016. This is an activity of the Clarion University Academic Excellence Series.

In those instances where the project is continuing or expected to begin after April, the student will provide/present the status of the project at the April 21, 2016 conference or present the results at the following year’s research conference. The funds are to support student projects; there are no provisions for faculty compensation. Travel costs to conduct the scholarly project can be included in the project budget and are eligible for funding, but travel to present results at conferences or meetings outside of the University will not be covered. Travel costs to present such project results are eligible under a separate grant: Student Travel Funds: Scholarship and Research Presentations. Projects can include one student or a team of students. All students who request funds must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 with no formal discipline record.        

 The application must include the following components: 1) undergraduate research/project grant form; 2) undergraduate research/project budget form; 3) the resume of the student project leader and a list of team members, and 4) a written letter of support from a faculty or staff project advisor who may sponsor a maximum of three projects in a funding cycle. The proposal should follow the prescribed format as outlined on the grant form page. In multidisciplinary projects, several faculty or staff may act as project advisors. Late proposals, incomplete proposals, or those not sponsored by a faculty or staff project advisor will not be considered. 

 One ELECTRONIC COPY (preferably in pdf format) of the proposal should be sent to each of the Co-Directors of Undergraduate Research: Dr. Susan Prezzano, Department of Social Sciences, Founders 310, sprezzano@clarion.edu and Dr. Steven Harris, Department of Biology & Geosciences, STC 251; harris@clarion.edu.  Use the last name of the lead student as the title of the file.

 Members of the Undergraduate Grant Review Committee:
Dr. Yasser Ayad, Department of Biology & Geosciences
Prof. Robert Bullington, Department of Visual & Performing Art
Dr. Joseph Croskey, Academic Advising
Dr. Robert Frakes, Department of Social Sciences
Prof. Gary Greenberg, Department of Visual & Performing Art
Dr. Jesse Haight, Department of Education
Dr. Janice Krueger, Department of Social Sciences
Dr. Chunfei Li, Department of Chemistry, Mathematics & Physics
Dr. David Lott, Department of Justice, Law, Technology & Liberal Arts, Venango campus
Dr. Miguel Olivas-Lujan, Department of Management & Marketing
Dr. Rod Raehsler, Department of Economics
Dr. Bruce Smith, Department of Education


Undergraduate Grant Instructions

Undergraduate Grant Budget Form

Undergraduate Research Grant Checklist

Student Travel Funds: Scholarship and Research Presentations

Student Travel Funds Request Form

For Grant Recipients

Undergraduate Grant Order Form

Last Updated 6/12/18