The application for the CALS Undergraduate Research Award is now available at Scholarships@UW-Madison (https://scholarships.wisc.edu/). The application deadline is March 16, 2018 (NOTE: This is later than the Hilldale and Holstrom award application deadline).
The CALS Research Award supports CALS undergraduate students completing research for academic credit. Graduating seniors and students in the CALS Honors Program are given priority. Award winners will receive a stipend of up to $1,500 to support research expenses (e.g., travel or living expenses for the duration of the research). Award winners will also receive up to $500 of supplies and equipment funding distributed to the department of the award winners’ mentor to be spent in the current fiscal year on research-related supplies.
Eligibility & Restrictions:
- CALS student in good academic standing
- Plan a collaborative research project with a UW-Madison faculty/staff member
- Be enrolled full-time as a CALS student for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. If the number of funding-worthy requests exceeds the resources available, students planning to graduate in Spring 2019 and students in the CALS Honors Program will receive priority
- A research project is not eligible if receiving support from any other campus organization, including the Hilldale Fellowship. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial support from multiple campus groups. However, only one award may be received in any academic year. The CALS Honors Program coordinates with other organizations to ensure that students do not receive multiple awards.
- Present your final research project at the CALS Undergraduate Symposium at the end of the Spring 2019 term.
- Supplies and expense funding awarded to the mentor’s department must be spent by June 30, 2018 in preparation for the student’s research to occur in the next academic year. Funds not used by the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year will be forfeited.
NOTE: If you fail to meet any one of these requirements, you will be required to repay the full amount of the stipend to the college.
- Evidence of the student’s intellectual contribution to the research
- Significance of the research (originality, impact on the field)
- Degree of meaningful collaboration with a faculty research mentor
- Extent to which research objective is achievable within the proposed timeline (may also include evaluation of the student’s academic record)
-Research proposal (no more than 5 pages) with the following elements:
- Project title
- Previous experience, background, literature review (originality and significance)
- Statement of research questions(s) and hypotheses (goal, aim, purpose, etc.)
- Procedures (methodology, experimental design, etc.)
- Timeline for completion
- Conclusion/future direction
-Research mentor recommendation
-Supplementary recommendation (optional)
Log on to Scholarships@UW–Madison and click on the “Visit My Scholarships” link. After logging-in and answering a few yes/no questions, you will be presented with links to applications for scholarships for which you are eligible, with open application cycles. If you do not see the CALS Research Award application on your list and you believe you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact Assistant Dean Nikki Bollig (email@example.com, 608-262-3105).