This competitive grant supports service projects that actively involve and meet the needs of community partners. The ultimate aim will be to define and address a pressing community problem; do engineering work that produces a public good; or conduct engineering work that contributes to a community-identified issue. The award funds the actual costs of the project up to $2,000 plus a $500 student stipend. Proposals are solicited in the fall semester.
Deadline: The Fall 2013 deadline will be announced.
Eligibility: Students must be accepted in an associate or baccalaureate degree-seeking program at the University of Alaska Anchorage and must be enrolled in at least 3 credits at UAA for the duration of the research (excluding summer).
The project should reflect an original research question that will extend knowledge in your area of interest. Your proposal should consist of the nine (9) items listed below. Please include page numbers.
1. Dr. Alex Hills Engineering Research / Service Project in the Community Award Cover Sheet (see below) - 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 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 project. The Research Integrity and Compliance checklist, included on the cover sheet, must also be completed. For more information on research ethics and integrity, please visit the UAA Research Integrity and Compliance website at www.uaa.alaska.edu/research/ric.
2. Abstract and Specific Aims (approx 1 page) - A one paragraph summary of the project proposal and a summary of project goals.
3. Introduction (1-2 pages) - A review of the literature that supports the need for your research. Proposals should include (a) a statement of the research question, 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. Experimental/Project Design (1-2 pages) - Proposals 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. Proposals should include an interpretation and explanation of results as related to hypothesis tested. Also, students may want to discuss or suggest further work that may help address the problem they are trying to solve.
6. Project Budget (allow one page for the budget and one page for budget justification) - Include the cost of personnel, supplies, equipment and travel, and a brief justification for each item. Please note the following:
7. Project References (1-2 pages) - Use the standard convention of discipline including the author, title or article, journal title, volume, pages, and date.
8. Project Timeline - Outline the anticipated dates of completion of various stages of project. For example: When do you anticipate completing background research , fieldwork, lab work, budget expenditure, etc. Be sure to include in this timeline the following dates:
9. Appendix (up to 2 pages) - Student's resume.
Instructions for Completing the Cover Sheet: