The J. Lowry Sinclair III Award for Undergraduate Research was established through a gift by Elon Alumnus, J. Lowry Sinclair III (’65). A scholarship and/or grant of approximately $1,000 will be awarded to a student majoring in a department within Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, who is or will be engaged in independent, faculty-mentored undergraduate research. The recipients of this award are known as Sinclair Scholars.
The J. Lowry Sinclair III Award for Undergraduate Research is intended to enhance quality mentoring relationships between faculty and students who work together to answer questions and solve problems and provide learning opportunities of the highest caliber. Research conducted by Sinclair 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 Sinclair 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 in the area of social or behavioral sciences, and particularly research associated with the complex issues of sexual orientation.
Recipients of the J. Lowry Sinclair III Award for Undergraduate Research 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 will make the final determination as to the nature of each award (scholarship, grant or combination).
September 25, 2015
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.
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.
Students who received a J. Lowry Sinclair III Award for Undergraduate Research in any previous year may apply for a renewal of J. Lowry Sinclair III Award for Undergraduate Research 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 J. Lowry Sinclair III Award for Undergraduate Research 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 J. Lowry Sinclair III Award for Undergraduate Research funds for no more than two years.