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URC Student Research Award

Source of Funding:University Research Committee
Funding Amount:$300 Undergrad / $500 Graduate Award
Deadlines:Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 

3rd Monday of November
3rd Monday of February
Application:

Applications for this program must be submitted through the Research Application Manager 3.0.

Students currently enrolled at Oakland University are invited to apply for student research grants under the guidance of a full-time Oakland University faculty member. Only one application per project will be considered. Refer to the URC Guidelines for application preparation.

  • Support may be requested for supplies, minor items of equipment, technical services of various kinds, and costs of travel, where that travel has been carefully justified and does not qualify for a Student Travel Grant. University regulations on travel reimbursement are to be followed. It is also important to understand that anything purchased with grant funds is subject to university property guidelines. The details of any proposed or approved matching support should be provided along with the total cost of the project.
  • Funding to defray a portion of the costs connected with presentation of original work at a professional meeting or conference should be requested through the Student Travel Grants competition.
Each grant proposal must include all applicable items from the following list. Incomplete applications or proposals that exceed the page limits or do not include the required items listed below will not be considered for funding. Applicants are encouraged to talk to any member of the URC about the proposal preparation process. An information session for prospective applicants will be offered at the beginning of the Fall semester, so please check the Research website for updated information.

  1. Proposal: Grant proposals and any supplementary documentation should be uploaded to RAM as a single file (preferably in pdf format) and should include the elements listed below. If you need technical assistance with creating your pdf file, please contact Susan Willner in the Office of Research Administration.
    • Title Page: This page should include the project title, applicant name(s), affiliation (School, College, Department, or other unit) and a project abstract of 200 words or less. An abstract is a summary of the proposed work, in non-technical language, that includes brief statements about the significance, the goals, the research plan, and expected outcomes.
    • Project Narrative: This section may not exceed five pages (as noted above) and should, if applicable, include the following sections*:
      • Background/literature review to introduce the research or scholarly topic
      • Significance/goals/hypotheses Research plan and methods(explain how you will collect data or other relevant information, how and/or where the research or scholarly activities will occur, how you will evaluate your findings or experiences, etc
      • Plans for obtaining relevant regulatory compliance approvals (e.g. IRB, IACUC, IBC, RSC—see below)
      • Proposed outcomes of the funded project, and
      • Timetable (provide milestones for the period of the project, weekly, monthly, or other metric)
    • *If your project does not fit with the above format (e.g. creative arts, humanities), please consult with the URC Chair.
    • Bibliography (No more than one page): Select the most relevant literature.
    • Budget and Budget Justification: The proposal file should include a budget for the proposed project, including a breakdown of proposed expenditures (stipend*, supplies, equipment, travel, etc.). The Budget Justification must explain the reason for each line item in the budget, and how you determined or calculated the cost. Please note that the proposed budget and budget justifications will be reviewed by the entire URC for final approval. (*Note: If the student receives a stipend for the proposed research activity, this could affect financial aid eligibility. The applicant should check with the financial aid office).
    • Transcript: Student applicants must include a current transcript. An advising copy of the transcript obtained from SAIL is acceptable.
    • Regulatory Compliance: If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, animals, or hazardous/radioactive materials, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and/or Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must be obtained before work can be initiated. The Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed to submit the compliance approval after the application is submitted. Confirmation of compliance approval is required before funding is received. For assistance, contact the Regulatory Compliance Officer in the Office of Research Administration at (248) 370-2762.
  2. A Mentor Endorsement Form must be completed by a full-time member of the Oakland University faculty and submitted via email by the application deadline or the student will be disqualified. The student application is not considered complete until the Mentor Endorsement Form is provided. By completing the form, the faculty member indicates a willingness to serve as an expert consultant on the proposed project for a period that could span up to twelve months.
Award recipients are notified by e-mail that an account has been established for expenses related to their projects or programs. After one year, the account will be closed and the remaining funds will revert back to the URC.

Common application errors:
  • Not submitting the proposal narrative and supplementary material in a single file—please contact Susan Willner if you need technical assistance or instructions.
  • Cutting and pasting the narrative from other documents. These are often geared toward a specific audience and are not written for a multi-disciplinary faculty review committee.
  • Providing too little detail on the project proposed. A solid proposal uses the five allotted pages.
  • Exceeding page limits for the proposal. Those page limits are: 5 pages – narrative, 1 page – bibliography
  • Listing citations in the bibliography that do not have a direct connection to the proposal narrative.
  • Not clearly identifying the methodology of the proposed research. A clearly articulated methods section is important in the evaluation of a research project—and please use non-technical language.
  • Not including a detailed timeline and budget and budget justification for the project.

URC Student Travel Award

Source of Funding:University Research Committee
Funding Amount:$400 Award
Deadlines:Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 

3rd Monday of November
3rd Monday of February
Application:

Applications for this program must be submitted through the Research Application Manager 3.0


Students actively pursuing a degree at Oakland University are invited to apply for travel grants. These awards are limited to a maximum of $400 each. Student travel grant awards are intended to be used by students to attend conferences or research briefing sessions or to present papers at conferences. Other kinds of travel may be considered if the goal of the travel is to enhance a student’s ability to perform or disseminate research or equivalent professional practice. Refer to URC Guidelines Award Timetable for application submission due dates.
  • Generally, students must be enrolled at the time of the travel, but recently graduated students may be funded to present a paper at a conference up to six months after graduation.
  • Applications are submitted online on RAM 3.0.
  • All supporting documents must be attached to the online application, including a mentor form and the most recent transcript. An advising copy of the transcript obtained from SAIL is acceptable. 

Each travel grant proposal must include all applicable items from the following list. Incomplete applications or proposals that exceed the page limits or do not include the required items listed below will not be considered for funding.  Applicants are encouraged to talk to any member of the URC about the proposal preparation process.

 1. Proposal: Travel grant proposals and any supplementary documentation should be uploaded to RAM as a single file (preferably in pdf format) and should include the following elements:

  • A project narrative that is strictly limited to the equivalent of two 8.5? x 11? pages with one-inch margins on all sides, single-spaced, in Arial 11 point font or larger. The project narrative should state the objective of the proposed travel, including the significance/goals of the research or conference involved. Include a brief description of the educational background and experience of the applicant as it relates to the proposed presentation and explain the personal significance of the program to the applicant.  If a travel grant is being sought to attend or present at a meeting or conference, please provide the following information: a description of the meeting or conference (sponsoring organization, topic, date, location); type of presentation (oral or poster); if applicable, title of the paper/poster to be presented by the student and the names of all authors on the paper/poster. Also, please indicate whether the paper or abstract has been officially accepted by the conference.
  • If a travel grant is being sought to present a paper or a poster at a conference, please include a copy of the paper or abstract that was submitted to the conference organizers, as well as a copy of any email notification received or documentation indicating that said paper or abstract has been accepted for presentation at the conference.
  • Budget and Budget Justification: The proposal file should include a budget for the proposed travel, including a breakdown of proposed expenditures.
  • Transcript:  Student applicants must include a current transcript. An advising copy of the transcript obtained from SAIL is acceptable.

2. A Mentor Endorsement Form must be completed by a full-time member of the Oakland University faculty and submitted via email by the application deadline or the student will be disqualified. The student application is not considered complete until the Mentor Endorsement Form is providedBy completing the form, the faculty member indicates a willingness to serve as an expert consultant on the proposed project for a period that could span up to twelve months.

Award recipients are notified by e-mail that an account has been established for expenses related to their projects or programs. After one year, the account will be closed and the remaining funds will revert back to the URC. 

The URC does not support requests for travel to professional meetings and conferences unless these expenses are line items in the budget of a more comprehensive proposal. However, if travel is an integral part of a research project or program, then funding will be considered. Requirements regarding accountability for travel expenses are explained in the Oakland University Policies and Procedures Manual.


Provost Undergraduate Research Award

Deadlines: Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 
  • 2nd Monday of October
  • 2nd Monday of February

Award: up to $2,000

$1,500 to support a student research or creative activity project 

–   Projects must last for a minimum of one semester (15 weeks) and be conducted under supervision of a full-time OU faculty mentor. 

–   A final report of the project must be submitted within one year of the funding date. 

Up to $500 maximum of additional funding for travel to support the presentation of research results at a professional conference

Note: Equipment purchased with grant money reverts back to the unit/department at the end of the research project period.

Eligibility: To be eligible you must

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at OU 
  • Have an OU GPA of 3.0 or better 
  • Have a full-time OU faculty member willing to endorse/mentor your project

For assistance or additional information:

Dr. Dorothy A. Nelson, Vice Provost for Research
Office of Research Administration
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Tel: (248) 370-2762, email: kooiman2@oakland.edu

Guidelines

Funding Source: Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
 
Goal: To expose undergraduate students to the challenges and excitement of research
 
Summary: The Provost Undergraduate Student Research Award invites applications from undergraduate students enrolled at Oakland University (OU) who are interested in carrying out an independent research project. Selection is based on the academic strengths of the student applicant in conjunction with the quality, significance and potential impact of the proposed research project.
 
A vital part of the undergraduate student research is the interaction between the student and the faculty mentor prior to submission of a research proposal and throughout the project period. Although most students work on projects in their major field of interest, this research program provides an opportunity for students to explore other fields. It will be up to eligible students to provide sufficient background information to demonstrate that they are qualified to work on a project in the proposed area of interest.
 
Application Guidelines:
  • Identify a faculty mentor who is a full-time OU faculty.   The faculty mentor is responsible for completing the Mentor Endorsement Form and should email it to Barbara Kooiman in the Office of Research Administration.
  • Complete and submit an online application (Online Application)
  • All attachments must be attached to the online application as one file.
  • The abstract must be jargon-free and written in layman's terms.
  • Include a brief bio about yourself as well as your GPA, keeping it within the page limit requirement.
  • Methods for your specific aims need to be detailed, especially when they are part of a bigger project.
  • Provide a project description.  Please attach a maximum of two pages, single-spaced, Arial 11-pt with a 1" margin on all sides.  Include:
    • Introduction/Needs assessment
    • Objectives/Goals
    • Significance/Impact
    • Specific Aims
    • Methodology/Approach
    • Outcomes/Deliverables
    • Timetable
  • Provide justification for the budget.
  • Applicant not funded may revise and resubmit his/her proposal for the next competition
Mentor Form Instructions
  1. Mentors are expected to review the student's application prior to him/her submitting the application, and to help guide the student to make it understandable to an inter-disciplinary group.
     
  2. Submit a Mentor Endorsement Form, which follows the same deadline as the Provost Undergraduate Student Research Awards deadline. 
     
  3. You must apply for any regulatory compliance clearance that is required for the project.  For more information regarding submitting compliance applications please see the Regulatory Compliance section of the OU Research website or contact Judette Haddad at haddad@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4898.

Regulatory Compliance:  

If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, animals, or hazardous/radioactive materials, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and/or Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must be obtained before work can be initiated or else the applicant must clearly state why this approval is not required. The Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed to submit the compliance approval after the application is submitted.  Confirmation of compliance approval is required before funding is received.  For assistance, contact the Regulatory Compliance Officer in the Office of Research Administration at (248) 370-2762.  

 

Application Deadline
Award Announcement
Final Report Due
2nd Monday of October
3rd week in November
the following January
2nd Monday of February
1st week in April
the following March

Chrysler Undergraduate Student Research Award

Deadlines: Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 
  • 2nd Monday of October
  • 2nd Monday of February
Funding Source: Chrysler LLC  
 
Goal:
 To expose undergraduate students to the challenges and excitement of research

Award:  Up to $3,000
 
Summary:
 The Chrysler Undergraduate Student Research Award invites applications from undergraduate students enrolled at Oakland University (OU) who are interested in carrying out an independent research project. Selection is based on the academic strengths of the student applicant in conjunction with the quality, significance and potential impact of the proposed research project.  Preference will be given for projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
 
A vital part of the undergraduate student research is the interaction between the student and the faculty mentor prior to submission of a research proposal and throughout the project period. Although most students work on projects in their major field of interest, this research program provides an opportunity for students to explore other fields. It will be up to eligible students to provide sufficient background information to demonstrate that they are qualified to work on a project in the proposed area of interest.

The faculty mentor is responsible for submitting the project through the Research Application Manager System and completing required review processes for any research that involves human participants, and/or animals, biosafety or radiation safety issues.

Application Guideline:

  • Identify a faculty mentor who is a full-time OU faculty.   The faculty mentor is responsible for completing the Mentor Endorsement Form and should email it to Barbara Kooiman in the Office of Research Administration.
  • Complete and submit an online application (Online Application)
  • All attachments must be attached to the online application as one file.
  • The abstract must be jargon-free and written in layman's terms.
  • Include a brief bio about yourself as well as your GPA, keeping it within the page limit requirement.
  • Methods for your specific aims need to be detailed, especially when they are part of a bigger project.
  • Provide a project description.  Please attach a maximum of two pages, single-spaced, Arial 11-pt with a 1" margin on all sides.  Include:
    • Introduction/Needs assessment
    • Objectives/Goals
    • Significance/Impact
    • Specific Aims
    • Methodology/Approach
    • Outcomes/Deliverables
    • Timetable
  • Provide justification for the budget.
  • Applicant not funded may revise and resubmit his/her proposal for the next competition
Mentor Form Instructions
  1. Mentors are expected to review the student's application prior to him/her submitting the application, and to help guide the student to make it understandable to an inter-disciplinary group.
     
  2. Submit a Mentor Endorsement Form, which follows the same deadline as the Provost Undergraduate Student Research Awards deadline. 
     
  3. You must apply for any regulatory compliance clearance that is required for the project.  For more information regarding submitting compliance applications please see the Regulatory Compliance section of the OU Research website or contact Judette Haddad at haddad@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4898.
Regulatory Compliance:

If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, animals, or hazardous/radioactive materials, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and/or Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must be obtained before work can be initiated or else the applicant must clearly state why this approval is not required. The Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed to submit the compliance approval after the application is submitted.  Confirmation of compliance approval is required before funding is received.  For assistance, contact the Regulatory Compliance Officer in the Office of Research Administration at (248) 370-2762. 
  

Application Deadline

Award Announcement

Final Report Due

2nd Monday of October

3rd week in November

the following January

2nd Monday of February

1st week in April

 the following March


Summer Undergraduate Program in Eye Research (SUPER)

SUPER 2014 Program Activities
  • In this 12-week independent laboratory research project, participants are matched with laboratories based on their interest and availability.
  • One-on-one meetings are held with faculty mentors at the beginning of the program for students to discuss their planned projects.
  • There are weekly coffee breaks with ERI faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and staff, which include snacks and discussion.
  • Lectures by ERI researchers and clinical faculty from William Beaumont Hospital introduce current concepts in eye research, vision science and ophthalmology.
  • Alumni-sponsored lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Summer picnic and BBQ at a local park. Volleyball tournament vs. ERI faculty.
  • End-of-program symposium for students to present results of their research, including an awards ceremony and buffet lunch.
view 2014 SUPER program dates and information

Download 2014 SUPER application package
Graduate
Funding
URC Student Research Award

Source of Funding:University Research Committee
Funding Amount:$300 Undergrad / $500 Graduate Award
Deadlines:Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 

3rd Monday of November
3rd Monday of February
Application:

Applications for this program must be submitted through the Research Application Manager 3.0.


Students currently enrolled at Oakland University are invited to apply for student research grants under the guidance of a full-time Oakland University faculty member. Only one application per project will be considered. Refer to the URC Guidelines for application preparation.

  • Support may be requested for supplies, minor items of equipment, technical services of various kinds, and costs of travel, where that travel has been carefully justified and does not qualify for a Student Travel Grant. University regulations on travel reimbursement are to be followed. It is also important to understand that anything purchased with grant funds is subject to university property guidelines. The details of any proposed or approved matching support should be provided along with the total cost of the project.
  • Funding to defray a portion of the costs connected with presentation of original work at a professional meeting or conference should be requested through the Student Travel Grants competition.
Each grant proposal must include all applicable items from the following list. Incomplete applications or proposals that exceed the page limits or do not include the required items listed below will not be considered for funding. Applicants are encouraged to talk to any member of the URC about the proposal preparation process. An information session for prospective applicants will be offered at the beginning of the Fall semester, so please check the Research website for updated information.

  1. Proposal: Grant proposals and any supplementary documentation should be uploaded to RAM as a single file (preferably in pdf format) and should include the elements listed below. If you need technical assistance with creating your pdf file, please contact Susan Willner in the Office of Research Administration.
    • Title Page: This page should include the project title, applicant name(s), affiliation (School, College, Department, or other unit) and a project abstract of 200 words or less. An abstract is a summary of the proposed work, in non-technical language, that includes brief statements about the significance, the goals, the research plan, and expected outcomes.
    • Project Narrative: This section may not exceed five pages (as noted above) and should, if applicable, include the following sections*:
      • Background/literature review to introduce the research or scholarly topic
      • Significance/goals/hypotheses Research plan and methods(explain how you will collect data or other relevant information, how and/or where the research or scholarly activities will occur, how you will evaluate your findings or experiences, etc
      • Plans for obtaining relevant regulatory compliance approvals (e.g. IRB, IACUC, IBC, RSC—see below)
      • Proposed outcomes of the funded project, and
      • Timetable (provide milestones for the period of the project, weekly, monthly, or other metric)
    • *If your project does not fit with the above format (e.g. creative arts, humanities), please consult with the URC Chair.
    • Bibliography (No more than one page): Select the most relevant literature.
    • Budget and Budget Justification: The proposal file should include a budget for the proposed project, including a breakdown of proposed expenditures (stipend*, supplies, equipment, travel, etc.). The Budget Justification must explain the reason for each line item in the budget, and how you determined or calculated the cost. Please note that the proposed budget and budget justifications will be reviewed by the entire URC for final approval. (*Note: If the student receives a stipend for the proposed research activity, this could affect financial aid eligibility. The applicant should check with the financial aid office).
    • Transcript: Student applicants must include a current transcript. An advising copy of the transcript obtained from SAIL is acceptable.
    • Regulatory Compliance: If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, animals, or hazardous/radioactive materials, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and/or Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must be obtained before work can be initiated. The Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed to submit the compliance approval after the application is submitted. Confirmation of compliance approval is required before funding is received. For assistance, contact the Regulatory Compliance Officer in the Office of Research Administration at (248) 370-2762.
  2. A Mentor Endorsement Form must be completed by a full-time member of the Oakland University faculty and submitted via email by the application deadline or the student will be disqualified. The student application is not considered complete until the Mentor Endorsement Form is provided. By completing the form, the faculty member indicates a willingness to serve as an expert consultant on the proposed project for a period that could span up to twelve months.
Award recipients are notified by e-mail that an account has been established for expenses related to their projects or programs. After one year, the account will be closed and the remaining funds will revert back to the URC.

Common application errors:
  • Not submitting the proposal narrative and supplementary material in a single file—please contact Susan Willner if you need technical assistance or instructions.
  • Cutting and pasting the narrative from other documents. These are often geared toward a specific audience and are not written for a multi-disciplinary faculty review committee.
  • Providing too little detail on the project proposed. A solid proposal uses the five allotted pages.
  • Exceeding page limits for the proposal. Those page limits are: 5 pages – narrative, 1 page – bibliography
  • Listing citations in the bibliography that do not have a direct connection to the proposal narrative.
  • Not clearly identifying the methodology of the proposed research. A clearly articulated methods section is important in the evaluation of a research project—and please use non-technical language.
  • Not including a detailed timeline and budget and budget justification for the project.

URC Student Travel Award

Source of Funding:University Research Committee
Funding Amount:$400 Award
Deadlines:Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 

3rd Monday of November
3rd Monday of February
Application:

Applications for this program must be submitted through the Research Application Manager 3.0


Students actively pursuing a degree at Oakland University are invited to apply for travel grants. These awards are limited to a maximum of $400 each. Student travel grant awards are intended to be used by students to attend conferences or research briefing sessions or to present papers at conferences. Other kinds of travel may be considered if the goal of the travel is to enhance a student’s ability to perform or disseminate research or equivalent professional practice. Refer to URC Guidelines Award Timetable for application submission due dates.
  • Generally, students must be enrolled at the time of the travel, but recently graduated students may be funded to present a paper at a conference up to six months after graduation.
  • Applications are submitted online on RAM 3.0.
  • All supporting documents must be attached to the online application, including a Mentor Endorsement Form and the most recent transcript. An advising copy of the transcript obtained from SAIL is acceptable. 

Each travel grant proposal must include all applicable items from the following list. Incomplete applications or proposals that exceed the page limits or do not include the required items listed below will not be considered for funding.  Applicants are encouraged to talk to any member of the URC about the proposal preparation process.

 1. Proposal: Travel grant proposals and any supplementary documentation should be uploaded to RAM as a single file (preferably in pdf format) and should include the following elements:

  • A project narrative that is strictly limited to the equivalent of two 8.5? x 11? pages with one-inch margins on all sides, single-spaced, in Arial 11 point font or larger. The project narrative should state the objective of the proposed travel, including the significance/goals of the research or conference involved. Include a brief description of the educational background and experience of the applicant as it relates to the proposed presentation and explain the personal significance of the program to the applicant.  If a travel grant is being sought to attend or present at a meeting or conference, please provide the following information: a description of the meeting or conference (sponsoring organization, topic, date, location); type of presentation (oral or poster); if applicable, title of the paper/poster to be presented by the student and the names of all authors on the paper/poster. Also, please indicate whether the paper or abstract has been officially accepted by the conference.
  • If a travel grant is being sought to present a paper or a poster at a conference, please include a copy of the paper or abstract that was submitted to the conference organizers, as well as a copy of any email notification received or documentation indicating that said paper or abstract has been accepted for presentation at the conference.
  • Budget and Budget Justification: The proposal file should include a budget for the proposed travel, including a breakdown of proposed expenditures.
  • Transcript:  Student applicants must include a current transcript. An advising copy of the transcript obtained from SAIL is acceptable.

2. A Mentor Endorsement Form must be completed by a full-time member of the Oakland University faculty and submitted via email within one week of the submission of the application. The student application is not considered complete until the Mentor Endorsement Form is providedBy completing the form, the faculty member indicates a willingness to serve as an expert consultant on the proposed project for a period that could span up to twelve months.

Award recipients are notified by e-mail that an account has been established for expenses related to their projects or programs. After one year, the account will be closed and the remaining funds will revert back to the URC. 

The URC does not support requests for travel to professional meetings and conferences unless these expenses are line items in the budget of a more comprehensive proposal. However, if travel is an integral part of a research project or program, then funding will be considered. Requirements regarding accountability for travel expenses are explained in the Oakland University Policies and Procedures Manual.


Provost Graduate Student Research Award

Deadlines: Applications will be reviewed twice a year.  The deadlines are as follows: 
  • 2nd Monday of October
  • 2nd Monday of February
Award: up to $2,000
$1,500 to support a student research or creative activity project 

–   Projects must last for a minimum of one semester (15 weeks) and be conducted under supervision of a full-time OU faculty mentor. 

–   A final report of the project must be submitted within one year of the funding date. 

Up to $500 maximum of additional funding for travel to support the presentation of research results at a professional conference Note: Equipment purchased with grant money reverts back to the unit/department at the end of the research project period.

Eligibility: To be eligible you must

  • Be enrolled as a graduate student at OU 
  • Have an OU GPA of 3.0 or better 
  • Have a full-time OU faculty member willing to endorse/mentor your project

For assistance or additional information:

Dr. Dorothy A. Nelson, Vice Provost for Research
Office of Research Administration
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Tel: 248.370.2762, email: kooiman2@oakland.edu

Guidelines

Funding Source: Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Goal:
To support research and creative activity undertaken by students in the pursuit of a graduate degree

Summary:
The Provost Graduate Student Research Award invites applications from graduate students enrolled at Oakland University (OU) who are interested in carrying out an independent research project. Selection is based on the academic strengths of the student applicant in conjunction with the quality, significance and potential impact of the proposed research project. A vital part of the graduate student research is the interaction between the student and the faculty mentor prior to submission of a research proposal and throughout the project period. Although most students work on projects in their major field of interest, this research program provides an opportunity for students to explore other fields. It will be up to eligible students to provide sufficient background information to demonstrate that they are qualified to work on a project in the proposed area of interest.

Application Guidelines:
  • Identify a faculty mentor who is a full-time OU faculty. The faculty mentor is responsible for completing the Mentor Endorsement Form and should email it to Barbara Kooiman in the Office of Research Administration.
  • Complete and submit an online application (Online Application)
  • All attachments must be attached to the online application as one file.
  • The abstract must be jargon-free and written in layman's terms.
  • Include a brief bio about yourself as well as your GPA, keeping it within the page limit requirement.
  • Methods for your specific aims need to be detailed, especially when they are part of a bigger project.
  • Provide a project description.  Please attach a maximum of two pages, single-spaced, Arial 11-pt with a 1" margin on all sides.  Include:
    • Introduction/Needs assessment
    • Objectives/Goals
    • Significance/Impact
    • Specific Aims
    • Methodology/Approach
    • Outcomes/Deliverables
    • Timetable
  • Provide justification for the budget.
  • Applicant not funded may revise and resubmit his/her proposal for the next competition
Mentor Form Instructions
  1. Mentors are expected to review the student's application prior to him/her submitting the application, and to help guide the student to make it understandable to an inter-disciplinary group.
     
  2. Submit a Mentor Endorsement Form, which follows the same deadline as the Provost Undergraduate Student Research Awards deadline. 
     
  3. You must apply for any regulatory compliance clearance that is required for the project.  For more information regarding submitting compliance applications please see the Regulatory Compliance section of the OU Research website or contact Judette Haddad at haddad@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4898.

Regulatory Compliance:  

If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, animals, or hazardous/radioactive materials, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and/or Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) must be obtained before work can be initiated or else the applicant must clearly state why this approval is not required. The Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed to submit the compliance approval after the application is submitted.  Confirmation of compliance approval is required before funding is received.  For assistance, contact the Regulatory Compliance Officer in the Office of Research Administration at (248) 370-2762.  

 

Application Deadline
Award Announcement
Final Report Due
2nd Monday of October
3rd week in November
the following January
2nd Monday of February
1st week in April
the following March

The Graduate Research Assistantship Tuition (GReAT) Award

The Graduate Research Assistantship Tuition (GReAT) is a competitive program that provides supplemental tuition support to Oakland University (OU) graduate students working with OU faculty.  GReAT was developed to assist faculty with providing tuition to their graduate research assistants under various circumstances, including: cost sharing that is mandated by sponsors; proposals to sponsors that do not allow tuition costs; budgets for which the sponsors impose a cap on the dollar amount requested; and for research that does not have external funding support, but has the promise of future funding.  In each of these situations, the principal investigator must provide the stipends for the graduate students who receive GReAT funding.

Other sources of tuition funding at OU include the Graduate Study Assistantship Program, new program budgets, department and non-academic unit funds, and King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellowships.


The criteria to qualify for the GReAT tuition award include the following:
  1. The GReAT award is to provide tuition support for a full-time (? 8 credits hours/semester per OU policy) graduate research assistant (GRA).
  2. The GReAT award allows up to 16 credit hours per student per academic year.
  3. The GRA must maintain at least an overall 3.0 GPA and satisfactory academic progress.
  4. The faculty adviser/mentor or unit head must provide evidence that the GRA is, or will be, receiving stipend support to conduct research during the period of GReAT support.
  5. The GReAT application has to be submitted by the faculty adviser/mentor or unit head. 
  6. Teaching Assistants (TAs) and recipients of any other scholarships are not qualified for GReAT..
  7. If cost sharing is required by the funding agency, the principal investigator must request tuition matching on the Office of Research Administration (ORA) Electronic Proposal Routing Application (EPRA).
  8. To continue receiving a GReAT award, the PI must submit the application every academic year in order to secure the existing student.
What is a graduate research assistant (GRA)?

A GRA is an OU full-time graduate student that meets OU’s graduate assistantship program requirements. See  Oakland University Graduate Assistantship Policy Guidelines  for details. 

How to apply?


The faculty adviser/mentor or unit head must submit a completed  GReAT Tuition Form  and email it to  research@oakland.edu .

Can GRA students receive the GReAT tuition award without a stipend?

The stipend must be part of the GA agreement, see OU GA Policy Guidelines;, and the stipend funding source must be identified (criterion #4 above).

When are the application deadlines?

 Semester

Submission Deadline

Graduate Study           Review & Approval

ORA            Recommendation

FALL

2nd Monday of March (or May*)

4thMonday of March (or May*)

1st Monday of April (or June*)

WINTER

2nd Monday of October

4th Monday of October

1st Monday of November


*Applications submitted in response to the later deadline, usually for newly admitted students, are subject to availability of funds that have not already been awarded during the regular submission periods.

What’s next after the tuition award announcement?
The PI’s department prepares a letter of offer and the GA agreement. After all required signatures are obtained, forward them to ORA.

How will the tuition payment be handled?
After ORA receives and approves the letter of offer and GA agreement, they will be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Study to process the tuition payment.

Does GReAT support the summer term?
Consistent with GA Policy Guidelines, GReAT does not support the summer term.

Can an unused GReAT award be carried over to the next year?
No, an award cannot be carried over to the next budget year per university policy (concerning general fund expenditures); therefore, the GReAT application must be resubmitted (criterion #8 above).

What if the PI has to change student after receiving the award announcement?
The PI has to submit the GReAT application form for the new student and notify ORA this is replacing awarded student.  A justification is required.

Does GReAT support no-cost extension grants?

It is required to submit the GReAT application, since GReAT does not automatically support no-cost extensions on grants  .

What if the GRA has not been identified and the application deadline passes?

On the GReAT application form, specify “new student TBD” in “Student Name” field.

Can I use GReAT award to cover existing funded external grant's and contract's GA(s)?
It has to be reviewed and approved by ORA grant officers. 

Additional questions?
Contact Jean Miao at  miao@oakland.edu .