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The Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences

The Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences was established through a gift by Glen Raven, Inc. and Denise and Allen E. Gant, Jr.  Glen Raven, Inc. has been a leading innovator in the textile industry in Alamance County since 1880. Allen E. Gant, Jr., is president and CEO of Glen Raven, Inc., and a member of the Elon University Board of Trustees.

A maximum of six scholarships and grants of approximately $1,500 each are awarded to students majoring in a department within the mathematics and natural sciences division of Elon College who are or will be engaged in independent, faculty-mentored undergraduate research. The recipients of the awards are known as Glen Raven Scholars.

The Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences Scholarships and Grants are intended to enhance quality mentoring relationships between faculty and students who work together to answer questions, solve problems, and provide learning opportunities of the highest caliber. Research conducted by Glen Raven Scholars and faculty mentors must contribute in meaningful ways to the knowledge base of a given discipline. Although the end product of all research is unknown as the work is undertaken, it is expected that the work of Glen Raven Scholars will be closely linked to the expertise of their faculty mentors to ensure quality and potential to contribute to the discipline. Preference will be given to projects investigating the development or application of textiles, fabrics, and/or garments.

Recipients of the Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences Scholarships and Grants may request to have the award applied as a tuition scholarship, to cover research-related expenses, or a combination of the two. A committee of faculty along with the director of the Undergraduate Research Program and the Dean of Elon College will make the final determination as to the nature of each award (scholarship, grant or combination).

Application deadline

September 25, 2013

The mentor/student team must submit the completed application to the Director of the Undergraduate Research Program by 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline.

Note: To receive any support for undergraduate research activities involving human subjects, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be in place before any data collection takes place. View the IRB website for more information about this requirement.

Selection procedure

Faculty mentors and student applicants must complete an application collaboratively. Quality of the application (content, clarity and quality of writing), quality of the research, the faculty member's mentoring experience and student qualifications will serve as selection criteria.

Requirements

  • Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences applicants must demonstrate a 3.2 GPA, both cumulative and in the major in which the research will be conducted. Successful applicants typically will have already completed some initial activities in the proposed research tropic.
  • Students applying for this award must be majoring in and working with a mentor from a department in the mathematics and natural sciences division of Elon College.
  • For the year the student receives a Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences Scholarship or Grant, student recipients must register for at least one credit hour of 499/498 course credit in two semesters (fall, winter or spring).
  • Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences recipients are required to apply to present their work at the Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) prior to graduation. It is expected that recipients also will present work in other venues as appropriate. Additionally, the recipients will be expected to present their work to representatives from Glen Raven, Inc.
  • Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences recipients (students and mentors) may be asked to participate in panel discussions, admissions events and other activities related to the Undergraduate Research program. It is expected that the recipients will make every effort to aid the Undergraduate Research Program in articulating the value of the undergraduate research experience.
  • Copies of presentations or manuscripts resulting from work supported by Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences funds must be submitted to the Dean of Elon College’s office and the Undergraduate Research Program office when they are completed.
  • Any recipient failing to meet any of these requirements will forfeit his or her Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences funds.
  • Preference will be given to projects investigating the development or application of textiles, fabrics, and/or garments.

Renewal of a Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences Scholarship or Grant

Students who received a Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences award in any previous year may apply for a renewal of Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences support. In addition to the standard application information, a request for renewal must be accompanied by a one-page report on the status of work supported by the previous Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences award including evidence of publications and presentations made as a result of the award. Requests for renewal will be evaluated based on the criteria listed above and by the progress made under the previous award. Students may be supported by Glen Raven Endowment for Undergraduate Research in the Sciences funds for no more than two years.
 

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