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Student/Faculty Research Awards Available

The College of Education, Health, and Human Science’s Student/Faculty Research Awards (formerly Professional Development Awards) are now available.  The awards are to be used to advance the work of both faculty and graduate students.  They are also to give students experience writing grants, and foster the mentoring relationship between faculty and graduate students.  Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to student/faculty pairs who submit proposals for funds to support research or creative projects.  The funds may be used to purchase supplies needed for research, travel to work in other laboratories, libraries, for specialized training or for other ways, as long as the outcome will be the professional development of the graduate student and the advancement of an identified research/creative agenda of both the student and faculty member.  Special consideration will be given to students and faculty who do not have current, or recent institutional support for their research.  If you are interested in applying, please submit the following by Friday, October 21st for submission to the Graduate School by October 28th.  Graduate School of Education (GSE) student/faculty members should submit their proposal electronically to for Dr. Susan Benner.  All other departments should submit their proposal electronically to Kayla Whitt ( for Dr. Jeff Fairbrother.

Each proposal must include and be arranged in the following order:

–Cover sheet (available at this link: (  Be sure to include the name and phone number of a departmental contact who will managing the funds.  If the Faculty PI is

not the Student PI’s major professor, provide the name of the major professor, and indicate that the major professor has endorsed the proposal.

–A narrative of no more than 1000 words (excluding references).  Should be written for an educated, non-specialist audience and must include a clear explanation of methodology and expected outcomes.

–A statement of how the project will advance the professional development of the student PI (250 words or fewer).

–A statement of how the project is related to the faculty PI’s expertise and research agenda (250 words or fewer).  If the faculty PI has extramural or intramural funding, please indicate the difference between this request and the funded


–An itemized budget for the amount requested.  Requests should be for amounts between $1,000 and $5,000.  Be sure to indicate a projected timeline for use of the funds.

–Any documentation of an invitation or host institution support.

–CV of the faculty member (Limit to 5 pages – include current funding) and the graduate student (Limit to 2 pages).

–Endorsement letters from both department head and dean (Dr. Benner will provide endorsement letters for Child & Family Studies; Educational Leadership & Policy Studies; Educational Psychology & Counseling; and, Theory & Practice in Teacher

Education.  Dr. Fairbrother will provide endorsement letters for faculty in Nutrition; Public Health; Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport Studies; and, Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Management).