These grants fund significant undergraduate research projects in biomedicine under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Each grant funds up to $5000.00 in project costs, plus tuition for up to 6 credits of HNRS 498 (Individual Research), HNRS 497 (Independent Study) or a departmental equivalent course or a combination of an HNRS course and a departmental course, and a $1500.00 stipend awarded upon completion of the project. This award is sponsored by the University Honors College.
Alaska Heart Institute Fellowships are made possible by a major gift from the Alaska Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
The Fall 2014 deadline is 5pm on Monday, October 6, 2014.
Proposals should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship.
Eligibility: Students must be accepted in an associate or baccalaureate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage (any campus) and must be enrolled in at least three credits each semester for the duration of the research (with the exception of the summer semester). Students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Research Proposal: The project should reflect an original idea that will extend knowledge in biomedicine. Your proposal should consist of the nine (9) items listed below. Please include page numbers.
1. Alaska Heart Institute Fellowship Cover Sheet: Include the project title, student’s name, and student’s signature. The faculty advisor’s name and signature should be included, certifying that they have reviewed the research proposal for content and that the student is capable of performing the research, and that the faculty member agrees to mentor the student for the duration of the project and serve as the instructor of record for the HNRS 497 credits. The Research Integrity and Compliance checklist, included on the cover sheet, must also be completed. For more information on Research Integrity and Compliance at UAA, please visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/research/ric.
2. Abstract and Specific Aims (1 page) – A one paragraph summary of the project proposal, and a one paragraph summary of the project goals.
3. Introduction (1 page) – A review of the literature that supports the need for your research in biomedicine. The proposal should include (a) a statement of the research questions, problem and/or hypothesis; (b) a historical discussion of the impacts; and (c) a discussion of present understanding and/or state of knowledge concerning the question or problem.
4. Research Design (1 page) – The proposal should include a detailed description of how the research project will be completed including (a) a sampling protocol and/or design plan; (b) the methods and/or procedures to be used; (c) the data reduction and statistical analysis to be conducted or a description of the final form of the product.
5. Anticipated Results (1 page) – Provide the reviewers with a list of the results expected. The results should include an interpretation and explanation of results as related to hypothesis tested. Also, applicants may want to discuss or suggest further work that may help address the identified problem.
6. Project Budget (allow one page for the budget and one page for budget justification) – Include the cost of supplies, equipment, and travel, and a brief justification for each item.
7. Project References (1 page) – Use the standard convention of discipline including the author, title of article, journal title, volume, pages, and date.
8. Project Timeline – Outline the anticipated dates of completion of various stages of the project. For example: When do you anticipate completing background research, fieldwork, lab work, budget expenditures, etc. Be sure to include in this timeline your presentation date at the Undergraduate Research Symposium (April 2014), the expenditure deadline (May 15, 2014), and final written report deadline (May 30, 2014).
9. Appendix – Include your academic vitae (3 page limit) and an unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript (no page limit).
Review Process: The proposal is judged on its scientific strength and on its emphasis on advancing knowledge in biomedicine. The objectives and evaluation methods must be clearly defined. The proposal must be written by the student. The faculty mentor may review and provide advice on the writing of the proposal, but it must be clear that the student has written the proposal and understands the project.
The academic record, particularly in the sciences, will weigh heavily in the selection of the proposals. Preference will be given to students who are at least in their junior year.
Additional Requirements and Conditions: A Final Report (2-3 pages) must be submitted to the UAA’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship when the project is completed. The Final Report (2-3 pages), should be written for a general audience and should summarize the student’s research activities, progress, findings, and conclusions. Awardees are required to present their results at UAA’s Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium held in April of each year. Additionally, awardees are required to meet and share their project findings and conclusions with members of the Alaska Heart Institute at the conclusion of the project.
Instructions for Completing the Cover Sheet:
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at 907-786-1086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.