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Interdisciplinary research grants offered to students

Friday, October 24, 2014

The School of the Arts is offering funding for arts students to conduct interdisciplinary creative and scholarly research projects focusing on a theme.

Grants in the amount of up to $1,000 with additional funds for expenses related to the public component of the project up to $150 are available.  There is one funding period per year. The deadline will be set by the Student Advisory Board each fall, and will occur in November.  Students will choose the theme based on the Bold Aspirations Strategic Initiatives.

Theme Choices include:

  • Sustaining the Planet
  • Powering the World
  • Promoting Well-Being
  • Finding Cure
  • Building Communities
  • Expanding Opportunities Harnessing Information,
  • Multiplying Knowledge

Students should apply for the theme they wish to explore in their scholarly or creative research.  All undergraduate and graduate students majoring in one of the departments in the School of the Arts are eligible to apply. They may receive a grant each year and also must submit a clearly-written proposal for the research they intend to conduct.  If funded, students will be provided with a contact faculty member outside the School of the Arts who has expertise in the theme and who will act as a resource in further developing and executing the project.  They must have a faculty sponsor from their home department and one other faculty referee.

To support student activities and faculty research, the faculty sponsors (from SOTA department and outside the school) will each receive $250 to assist their research or teaching activities and the departments will receive $500 in the form of Differential Funding for each successful student grant.

As part of the project, students must plan to include a public component such as a performance, exhibition, screening, or presentation appropriate to the discipline and the project.  The SOTA Student Board will evaluate all proposals following a blind review process.  Following completion of the project, they must write a short one-page report discussing and reflecting on what they accomplished and what they learned as a result of the project. Images documenting the completed project may be requested.

Visit the SOTA website for more info and to submit an application.


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