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The Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research

The Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research was established through a gift by Martin and Annie Wise.  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 are or will be engaged in independent, faculty-mentored undergraduate research. The recipients of this award are known as Wise Family Scholars.

The Wise Family 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 Wise Family 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 Wise Family 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 Human Services, and particularly research associated with the well-being of children in society.

Recipients of the Wise Family 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).

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

  • Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research 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.
  • For the year the student receives a Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research, student recipients must register for at least one credit hour of 499/498 course credit in two semesters (fall, winter or spring). 
  • Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research 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. 
  • Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research 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 Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research funds must be submitted to the Undergraduate Research Program office when they are completed.
  • Any recipient failing to meet any of these requirements will forfeit his or her Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research funds.
  • Preference will be given to projects in the area of Human Services, and particularly research associated with the well-being of children in society.

Renewal of a Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research

Students who received a Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research in any previous year may apply for a renewal of Wise Family 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 Wise Family 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 Wise Family Award for Undergraduate Research funds for no more than two years.

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