Academics: Sustainability Research Scholars

The Sustainability Research Grants were created through the Class of 2010’s gift to the University. The grants will be distributed through a collaborative venture between the Office of Sustainability and the Undergraduate Research Program. A maximum of three grants of $1,000 each are awarded to students to perform research related to sustainability at Elon University. Students from all disciplines who are or will be engaged in independent, faculty-mentored undergraduate research related to sustainability are encouraged to apply. The recipients of the awards are known as Sustainability Research Scholars.

The Sustainability Research Grants are 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 Sustainability Research Scholars and faculty mentors must contribute in meaningful ways to sustainability at Elon and 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 Sustainability Research Scholars will be 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 implementation of new campus sustainability initiatives and/or enhancements to existing initiatives.

Recipients of the Sustainability Research 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 and staff along with the Director of the Undergraduate Research Program, the Dean of Elon College and the Director of Sustainability, with input from student members of the Environmental Advisory Council, 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 (via email) the completed application to the Director of Sustainability 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 Web site 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

  • Sustainability Research Grant applicants must demonstrate a 3.2 GPA, both cumulative and in the major (or discipline) 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 Sustainability Research Grant, he/she must register for at least one credit hour of 499/498 course credit in two semesters (fall, winter or spring).
  • Sustainability Research Grant 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 their work in other venues as appropriate. Additionally, the recipients will be expected to present their work to the Environmental Advisory Council.
  • Sustainability Research Grant recipients (students and mentors) may be asked to participate in panel discussions, admissions events and other activities related to the Undergraduate Research program and/or the Office of Sustainability. It is expected that the recipients will make every effort to aid the Undergraduate Research Program and Office of Sustainability in articulating the value of the undergraduate research experience.
  • Copies of presentations or manuscripts resulting from work supported by the Sustainability Research Grant funds must be submitted (electronically) to the Undergraduate Research Program office and the Office of Sustainability when they are completed.
  • Any recipient failing to meet any of these requirements will forfeit his or her Sustainability Research Grant funds.
  • Preference will be given to projects investigating the development or implementation of new campus sustainability initiatives and/or enhancements to existing initiatives.

Renewal of a Sustainability Research Grant

Students who received a Sustainability Research Grant in any previous year may apply for a renewal of Sustainability Research Grant 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 Sustainability Research Grant, including evidence of publications and/or 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 Sustainability Research Grant funds for no more than two years.

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