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Undergraduate Research Support

Jane Elliott Research Fund

The Jane Elliott Research Fund provides $2,500 a year to help fund a faculty-led undergraduate research opportunity for a student each year.  Preference is given to chemistry students.  Students must submit a short essay describing how their work will contribute to the advancement of women in STEM.

Application procedure
1. Fill out the Undergraduate Research Support application form https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBXLVzYMLFy81Kt
2. Submit a 1-2 page description of your research project and proposed use of funds (typically, “student stipend”). Include a description (in your own words) of the specific research goals (i.e., expected outcomes of the research) and professional development goals (i.e., how this experience will contribute to your career or education aspirations) for the project. If applicable, please mention any previous research experience. Please specify whether your research will take place during Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020.
3. Submit a short essay describing how your work will contribute to the advancement of women in STEM.
4. Submit a letter of support from your proposed faculty mentor.

Lyman Briggs College Undergraduate Research Support
Lyman Briggs College provides funding to support undergraduate research activities. These awards provide different levels of funding for students to work with an LBC faculty mentor during the academic year or the summer.

Details
LBC funds up to five $1800 awards for Fall and Spring, each with an expected time commitment of about 10 hours/week for the duration of the 15 week semester. In Summer, LBC awards a total of $5780, which may take the form of one full-time award with a time commitment of 40 hours/week, or a combination of half-time (20 hours/week) or quarter-time (10 hours/week) awards up to the $5780 total. Funds from these awards are primarily to be used for student stipends; exceptions should be explained and justified. Awards will be released when the mentor informs the Director of Experiential Learning that the student has initiated their project. Student awardees and their mentors are required to file a brief assessment report as a follow-up to their project. 

Eligibility
Any student in Lyman Briggs College may apply. The mentor must be an LBC faculty member. The student must be enrolled as a full-time student in LBC during the semester of the award, except during summer. To be eligible for summer funding, the applicant must have been enrolled as a full-time student during the preceding spring semester and not have graduated.

Application procedure
1. Fill out the Undergraduate Research Support application form: 
https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBXLVzYMLFy81Kt
2. Submit a 1-2 page description of your research project and proposed use of funds (typically, “student stipend”). Include a description (in your own words) of the specific research goals (i.e., expected outcomes of the research) and professional development goals (i.e., how this experience will contribute to your career or education aspirations) for the project. If applicable, please mention any previous research experience.  
3. Submit a letter of support from your proposed faculty mentor.
The project description and letter of support may be submitted to the Director of Experiential Learning, Dr. Isaac Record, via email at irecord@msu.edu.

Criteria for selection
The Director of Experiential Learning will consider the following characteristics when selecting the recipients of the LBC Undergraduate Research Support Award: quality of the research proposal, relevance to the student's proposed career field or graduate education, financial need, and academic performance. Preference will be given to undergraduates who have not previously received funding or pay for performing research. Candidates should briefly address these criteria in their proposals.

Required presentation of work
Students who receive funds are expected to present their results at a local research forum, such as UURAF (early April), the LBC Symposium, or similar departmental program; or at a regional or national meeting. This presentation should take place within two semesters after receiving support. Only one presentation is required in a year when you receive multiple awards for the same research project.

Questions or additional information Please direct inquiries to the LBC Director of Experiential Learning, Dr. Isaac Record, at irecord@msu.edu.