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The Honors College offers various funding opportunities for Honors students to engage in research and creative projects linked to their Honors Capstone. Find out more about these opportunities below. 


Honors Capstone Research Summer Program

This program is an opportunity for students to participate in a paid research opportunity in the summer while working toward an Honors Capstone project. The grant is to support research and creative experiences that lead to Capstone projects for Honors students in all fields of study. This program is modeled on the UAH Research and Creative Experience for Undergraduates (RCEU) Summer Program. Awardees receive a total stipend of $3,750.

The grant is funded through the Honors College fee. 

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, proposals must also include a plan for executing the project remotely should face-to-face projects be impossible because of state, federal, and/or university restrictions.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for Summer 2021 is February 1, 2021 at 5 PM CST. Award notifications are made early in the Spring semester.

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  • To support research or creative experiences that lead to Honors 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
  • To further UAH’s research mission through engaging in new and ongoing areas of study and creative work
  • Curent full-time, degree-seeking Honors College student
  • Any major and academic year are eligible, but student must not graduate before the fall semester of the year they participate in the program (Fall 2021 for this upcoming program)
  • Student must not have any outstanding disciplinary issue
  • 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.
  • Students selected for this 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.

  • Things to Note:

  • Students selected for this program are also eligible to apply for one Mini-Grant and one Travel Award during the academic year to help cover additional costs associated with the project, if needed.
  • Students participating in this program are strongly encouraged to submit a manuscript to Perpetua, UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research.
  • HCR participants can take a UAH Maymester class, but CANNOT take a UAH class during the 10-week summer semester. Holds will be placed on participants’ accounts in order to insure this policy.
  • HCR Participants CANNOT be employed by UAH in any capacity during the summer semester (includes Maymester), including during any pay period that extends into the summer semester (includes Maymester) at the start (April into May) or end (July into August) of the summer semester. Students should budget for this shortfall.
  • Participants who apply to the program are responsible to check whether the stipend will impact their financial aid or other financial standings.

Students will apply online for this program using the Apply Now button above. Students will need to approach and work directly with a faculty or research staff mentor to write a one-two page proposal for consideration by the selection committee. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, proposals must also include a plan for executing the project remotely, should face-to-face projects be restricted by State, Federal and/or University.

With the application, please be prepared to submit:


  • A one-two page, single-spaced description of the project. This description must:
    • include a remote plan in case face-to-face projects are not possible due to COVID-19 restrictions
    • 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.
  • Participant’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. This letter must be received by the Honors Dean by the application deadline. Applications without a letter of support will not be considered. 

1. How long is the program?

  • The program lasts 10 weeks and matches the dates for the UAH Summer Semester term. As such, students participating in this program are ineligible to enroll in courses (excluding Maymester) or be employed by UAH in any capacity during the 10-week summer term.

2. How many students will be awarded this grant?

  • Awards will be given until funds are exhausted (approximately 15 awards).

3. Can I be awarded this grant multiple times?

  • No, students can receive this award only once during their undergraduate careers.

4. Can I apply as an international student?

  • International participants are eligible to apply and must provide proof that they are eligible to receive funds from the Program. Accepted International participants must report to the Office of International Student Services to determine the method of receiving the stipend. Nationality and visa status may affect the payment method and amount of the stipend.

 


Research Mini-Grants

Honors Research Mini-Grants will provide up to $300 for research and creative projects that lead to, or are a part of, an Honors Student's Capstone Project or Thesis.

 

Important

Students must apply for the funds and be selected. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and awards are made until funds are exhausted.

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  • To support research or creative experiences that lead to Honors Capstone projects for Honors students in all fields of study
  • To foster cooperation between students and mentors in a research or creative endeavor
  • To further UAH’s research mission through engaging in new and ongoing areas of study and creative work
    • Current full-time, degree-seeking Honors students
    • In good standing in the Honors College
    • No outstanding disciplinary issues
    • Be working under the guidance of a mentor (UAH faculty, research staff, or professional community member) on any scholarly, research, or creative project
    • Have received no more than one Research Mini-Grant during each academic year.

    Students will apply online for this program using the Apply Now button above. Students will need to approach and work directly with a faculty or research staff mentor on their application.

    With the application, please be prepared to submit:

    • A one page, single-spaced description of the project. This description must:
      • Be understandable to a non-specialist
      • Include project's start and end dates
      • Be written by the student; however, the mentor should advise the student and review the application and budget to ensure that all appropriate information is included. The mentor must sign off on the proposal's accuracy and practicality (see below).
      • Include an itemized and detailed budget with all figures rounded to the nearest $1. A sample budget and application is available for students to consult. This budget should provide a detailed justification for the requested resources, indicating their relevance and cost. Students are advised to rank expenses based on level of importance to the project (this is important in case the proposal cannot be fully funded). Please note that the Committee expects students to put forward a plan to use the funds as cost-effectively as possible. Students are also expected to see if departmental funds are available and, if available, explain how they will be used.
    • Student's cumulative GPA
    • One letter of support from the faculty/research staff mentor submitted either in hard copy in a signed and sealed envelope or via email to Dean William Wilkerson. The letter should confirm the legitimacy and practicality of the proposed project.

    Allowable costs include supplies inextricably bound to the conduct of the project. Such as:

    • Disposable/consumable materials for the lab or studio
    • Tools
    • Specialized software
    • Rental of equipment

    Non-Allowable costs include:

    • Any item without an official record of purchase (such as a receipt)
    • Items that are available from university resources (e.g., books in the UAH library)
    • Printing or binding of honors project paper
    • Student or faculty/research staff salary
    • Secretarial support
    • Expenses associated with completing degree requirements or meeting licensing/certification requirements
    • Incentives or gifts
    • Any costs associated with living expenses or for charges incurred for UAH courses

    Things to Note:

    • Small equipment (books, DVD, hard drive, iPad) can only be considered if it remains the property of UAH at the end of the project (see below). Students may not keep these materials.
    • Copying expenses for research materials may be considered if justified.
    • All requested costs are to be detailed and justified in the budget and budget narrative.
    • This is only for "new" supplies for the project. The Honors College will not reimburse costs already incurred by the department or the student prior to the project proposal.
    • Be sure that the department or research center has and/or would allow access to any materials and supplies needed.

    The Mini Grant cannot provide the money up front, but will reimburse expenditures. Students will receive the materials through their project mentor, who will receive reimbursement.

    • Approved items in the Mini-Grant proposal must be purchased by the mentor through a ledger 3 account (discretionary accounts including startup, PI, professional development, college, department, residual funds, and some internal research accounts, etc.)
    • All original, itemized receipts must be submitted, along with a copy of the approved proposal, budget and acceptance letter, to Dave Cook in the Honors College (FFH 113).
    • In order to confirm the account(s) used for the purchase(s), copies of UAH paperwork, such as approved requisitions, purchase orders or a cardholder summary from the P-card reconciler, are also required.
    • When all documentation is received, reimbursement will be made to the ledger 3 account(s) used by the mentor by means of budget transfer.
    • All items purchased belong to UAH. The student researchers and mentors are responsible for seeing that purchased items are accounted for properly.
    • Any change in the items purchased or in the cost of items purchased that deviates from the original, approved budget by more than 10% must be approved by the Dean of the Honors College. The student can request approval of the Dean directly via email.

     


    Travel Award

    The Honors Travel Award funds undergraduates for travel ($250) to present at a professional conference.

     

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  • To allow students the opportunity to present their work at a professional conference
  • To expose the student to the highest levels of academic or creative work via networking and exposure at conference
  • To further UAH's research mission through engaging students in new and ongoing areas of study and creative work
    • Current full-time, degree-seeking Honors students
    • In good standing in the Honors College.
    • Have no unresolved disciplinary issues.
    • Be working under the guidance of a mentor (UAH faculty, research staff, or professional community member) on any scholarly, research, or creative project.
    • Have received no more than one Travel Award during each academic year.
    • Be attending a juried academic presentation, performance, or exhibit as part of work tied specifically to the UAH Honors College (for example, presenting part of an Honors Capstone Project or Thesis at a regional or national conference).
    • Have already submitted applications both to their home college (the department in which the work was done) and to the SGA
    • Must have used any available funds they have from grants and other funding sources
    • Submit an application (including a letter of support) at least two (2) calendar weeks BEFORE the proposed travel. If 2 weeks before the travel date is on a weekend, national holiday or during a UAH holiday period, the deadline is the next prior working day.

    Students will apply online for this program using the Apply Now button above. Students will need to approach and work directly with a faculty or research staff mentor on their application.

    With the application, please be prepared to submit:

    • A one page, single-spaced description of the proposed travel in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. The description must:
      1. state the purpose of the trip
      2. include an itinerary of activities during the trip
      3. be written by the student; however, the faculty mentor should advise the student and review the description, itinerary, and budget to ensure that all appropriate information is included.
    • An itemized budget and detailed budget justification with all figures rounded to the nearest $1. Students are required to put forward a plan that uses the funds as cost-effectively as possible (stay at hostels, cheapest airfare, etc.).
    • One letter of support from the faculty/research staff mentor submitted either in hard copy in a signed and sealed envelope or via email to Dean William Wilkerson. The letter should confirm the legitimacy and practicality of the proposed travel.

    Awards may be used to pay for:

    • Conference registration
    • Food
    • Transportation
    • Parking
    • Lodging

    The travel award cannot be used to purchase:

    • Luggage or clothing
    • Passport
    • Immunization fees
    • Etc.
    • Travel awards cannot provide the money up front, but will reimburse expenditures.
    • All original, itemized receipts must be submitted to Mr. Dave Cook in the Honors College who will assist in filing the reimbursement form. When the form has been completed with the original receipts attached and submitted to the Dean's Office, the Honors College will initiate reimbursement.
    • The student must submit a Travel Voucher WITHIN two weeks of the end of the conference with original receipts to be reimbursed. After two weeks, no reimbursement will be given.

     


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