Honors Capstone Research Summer Program

Purpose

  • To support research or creative experiences that lead to capstone projects for Honors Students in all fields of study,
  • To foster cooperation between students and mentors in a research or creative endeavor,
  • To expose the student to the highest levels of academic or creative work via active participation in a research, creative, or scholarly project, and
  • To further UAH’s research mission through engaging in new and ongoing areas of study and creative work

Students will undertake activities within a research or creative work project typically lasting for 10 to 12 weeks in the summer, and the work hours will correspond to a fulltime job (approximately 32-40 hours per week). Therefore, students are strongly discouraged against taking classes during the Summer Semester. Students considering taking a class must first speak with the Honors Dean.

Students will work under the direct supervision of a UAH full-time faculty member or researcher including tenure earning and tenured faculty, lecturers, fulltime research staff with Doctoral level credentials and term faculty appointments. Under special circumstances, the student may work with a non-UAH affiliated mentor, but this must be approved by the Honors Dean prior to application. The Honors Capstone Research Summer Program will provide a stipend of $3,200 to the student to support them during the summer. No funding is provided to the mentor through this program, but students can also apply for the Honors Mini- and travel grants to cover some of the costs associated with the project.

If needed, students can apply to University housing at the usual rates for summer occupancy. Meals will be available for purchase on campus. Students may use the stipend for meals and housing, if needed. No additional funds will be available.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Current, full-time, degree-seeking Honors College student in good standing
  • Any major and academic year are eligible, but students must not graduate before the Fall Semester of the year they participate in the program
  • Student must not have any outstanding disciplinary issues
  • Student must be working under the guidance of a mentor who may be a UAH faculty, research staff, or professional community member. Applications involving a non-UAH mentor must be approved by the Honors Dean
  • Student should write the proposal in consultation with the mentor, and the final proposal should be reviewed and approved by the mentor before submission
  • Students can receive this award only once during their undergraduate career
  • Students selected for this program are also eligible to apply for one Mini Grant and one Travel Award during each academic year
  • Students selected for his award must be willing to present/publish their work at applicable dissemination events/publications including, but not limited to: the end-of-program poster session, Research Horizons Day, the Alabama System Honors Research Day, Honors recruiting events, other professional symposia, and Perpetua, the UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Applications are due in the Fall Semester, and award notifications are made early in the Spring semester. Awards will be given until funds are exhausted (approximately 15 awards). Any student that goes onto Honors probation at the end of the Spring Semester in which the fellowship was awarded must make every effort to prepare themselves to recover their good standing in the next Fall Semester.

Application Materials

  • A one page, single-spaced description of the project. This description must:
    • be understandable to a non-specialist
    • include the project's start and end dates (10-12 weeks between May and August)
    • be written by the student in consultation with the mentor; the mentor must review the application to ensure that all appropriate information is included,  and sign off on the proposal’s accuracy and practicality as a capstone project.
  • Student’s cumulative GPA
  • One letter of support from the mentor submitted via email to the Honors Dean. The letter should confirm the legitimacy and practicality of the proposed project as a capstone project.

Please fill out the required fields and upload the proposal.