This is a faculty award for up to $5000 in project expenses of which $2500 may apply toward a faculty stipend
The intent of the Faculty Leadership in Expanding Undergraduate Research (FLEUR) Award is to support a faculty member that proposes to integrate original research efforts into an undergraduate course. Students in the course will play an active role in conducting the research thereby adding active discovery and inquiry into their learning experience. The goal is for students to partner with the faculty member on the faculty member’s research project as part of the course curriculum. The primary activities for the students should not be low-level tasks such as data entry or stuffing envelopes, but rather the students should play the role of collaborators to help design, explore, implement, or analyze components of the research project. If the work leads to publication or presentation in the field then the students’ participation should warrant acknowledgement as contributors or credit as co-authors.
The faculty member may spend the funds on any equipment or activities that directly support the student research, including equipment, software, supplies, travel, professional services, and salary for student assistants. This is an award to the faculty member (or team of collaborating faculty members), not to students. Of the $5000, the faculty member may elect to apply up to $2500 toward an additional summer assignment or additional off-contract-semester assignment in recognition of the time required to develop the curriculum. Alternatively, the faculty member may elect to apply the entire award toward project expenses.
Deadline: Rolling Deadline.
Eligibility: Full-time bipartite or tripartite faculty at all ranks are eligible to apply.
The faculty will work with students to produce a tangible research product that should demonstrate student accomplishment of research or creative activity.
If it is not feasible for all students in the course to participate in the research activity then a subset of at least five students must participate in order to qualify for the award. FLEUR is not intended to support research with individuals or a smaller group of students (which would be appropriate for an undergraduate research grant).
If the research involves human subjects, vertebrates, radiation, hazardous chemicals, or bio-hazards, then the project will require approval by the appropriate review board or safety committee and certification for the faculty member and students. The proposal must address these issues and indicate when training will be completed in the proposed timeline. Some faculty assign training to students as a homework assignment. See http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/research/ric for more details about research integrity and compliance.
The proposals will be rigorously evaluated by a multidisciplinary faculty awards panel appointed by the Task Force for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. Faculty mentors will be awarded the grant based on the likelihood of success of the project and the impact on the student(s) as evidenced by (1) a realistic research project plan committed to conducting research through the curriculum and (2) prior successful experience working with undergraduate researchers. The awards panel will also consider faculty achievements and/or the impact upon faculty research or creative growth.
Faculty expectation and accountability
Individual faculty will meet regularly with the student(s) to evaluate and guide the student research/creative activities. Faculty will deliver a report to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship summarizing the progress of the student(s) and the research/creative project at the end of each semester. Together, the faculty member and student representative(s) will present the research results at the Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium.
To evaluate the efficacy of FLEUR an awarded project must be assessed to determine if (1) students are engaging in research opportunities that would not otherwise be available and (2) faculty are increasing their research productivity in health and wellness. Both the faculty and the participating students will complete an exit survey focusing on learning and their research project outcomes. Finally, the faculty member will notify the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship of any research products produced as a result of the award and answer a short yearly questionnaire for the next two years to assess the longer term impact of the award.
Academic Year 2014-2015
Proposals accepted in fall 2014 should describe a project to be implemented in spring 2015, summer 2015, or fall 2015. The additional faculty assignment will be paid in summer 2015 (or other off-contract semester).
Instructions for Completing the Cover Sheet: