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The College of Arts and Sciences offers funding to encourage students to engage in independent inquiry, artistic creation, and scholarship, under faculty supervision. These grants are intended to enhance opportunities for undergraduate research in the college. Travel, research supplies and other valid expenses may be reimbursed up to the limit of an individual grant. Grants will normally fall into a range from $100 to $1500 and, if possible, should be combined with funding from other sources (i.e., from faculty advisors, department chairs, center directors…). Research should be completed within one year of receipt of the award. The grant recipient will then submit a brief report on the results of the project to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs.
Applications online will include:
- Abstract (a brief statement that describes the project)
- Faculty Advisor
- Detailed proposal, up to 1,000 words, which includes the objective and approach of the proposed activity, the relevance to the student’s educational goals, and a time-line for completion.
- Budget, including any additional sources of funding.
- Student’s background and qualifications for the proposed project.
- Statement of endorsement by the project's faculty advisor.
Research will be conducted in accordance with procedures and safeguards normally associated with work in the discipline. Faculty supervisors, as part of the normal pedagogical relationship, will provide guidance on university and professional standards, regulations, and policies.
Undergraduate Research involving International Travel:
Should your proposal involve international travel, please include the ~$50 registration fee administered by the Office of International Programs/Study Abroad (OIP) as part of your budget. This registration enrolls you in the Lehigh University Student International Services and Insurance Program: http://www.lehigh.edu/~incis/documents/ServiceandInsuranceProgram.pdf
No grant that includes international travel will be approved unless the proposal, and further required documentation, has been reviewed by the Director of OIP, who may seek guidance from the International Travel Advisory Committee (ITAC). Neither the Director of OIP nor ITAC is equipped with the resources to evaluate third party organizations and partners, the quality and safety of at site logistics and arrangements, or the general viability/workability of programs and conditions at site. Once you are notified of your award, you must contact Jodeen Gemmel (jmg208@Lehigh.edu) in OIP. Fall awardees need to contact OIP by November 15th and Spring awardees by March 15th to arrange a review of your proposed plan for final grant approval.
Students who plan to use laboratory animals or human subjects in their research must also include a description of appropriate safeguards. Faculty advisors will assist with guidelines that can be found on the web page of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Proposal Deadlines for Spring, 2013 Projects: November 7, 2012.
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