Maxwell-Lutz Community Impact Award

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The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) and the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences (CEFNS) announce the Maxwell-Lutz Community Impact Award for student teams to submit proposals for consideration.  Application period open from February 1 - March 1, 2018.


Funding of up to $5000 annually may be awarded to one team or shared by multiple teams.

  These awards are to fund projects that:

  • Improve the health and well-being of local and/or global communities
  • Improve the vitality of community or cultural systems or
  • Improve environmental sustainability

A project outline, developed and submitted by a student team composed of one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students, must specify the following for consideration for funding:

  • A substantive and verifiable community impact
  • Collaboration between the colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Engineering, Forestry And Natural Sciences

Proposals will be judged on interdisciplinarity and the identification of measurable goals/impact. 


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Proposal Guidelines 

The Project must effectively integrate at least two of the following categories.  Please indicate which of the following categories will be addressed in your project.

  • Improving health and well-being of local and/or global communities
  • Improving the vitality of community or cultural systems
  • Improving environmental sustainability

Requirement reports if awarded

  • Student participants to present the results of their project and what they learned at an event or meeting such as the Northern Arizona University Undergraduate Symposium
  •  Student participants will prepare a post-project report which includes an evaluation of its outcomes with relation to proposed community impacts and project goals and a complete list of expenditures. This report will be distributed to the selection committee and Founders within 90 days of the completed funding period.

Projects that are interdisciplinary and cross departmental shall be given extra weight in deliberations

Projects will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of individuals from SBS, CEFNS, and the community.

Financial support (up to $5000) for student community impact project(s) annually for expenses such as travel, supplies, conference costs, fees and expenses related to the proposed project(s). The project(s) will be expected to be completed within one year of when funds are awarded. Funding renewal is possible but all projects under consideration will be in full competition with the other proposals and the proposal would have to include a preliminary report of the to-date activities, outcomes and impact of the previous funding.  Members of the teams for the selected projects will be designated as Maxwell-Lutz Fellows.

This fund is established by Dr. Susanna Maxwell and Dr. Barry Lutz (Founders).  Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Lutz recognize the importance of cultivating curiosity, exploration, hands-on experimentation and the collaboration of students and faculty of Northern Arizona University for the betterment of our society.  They are creating this award with the intent to improve the health and well-being of local and global communities, the vitality of cultural communities/cultural systems and/or the sustainability of the environment.


Application procedure

Submit your Online Proposal (as defined below) between February 1 and  March 1, 2018.

Please have the following information available before you attempt to post your application. 

1.  Project information:

  • Project title
  • Project outline
    • Describe the local or global community impact project (300 words or less)
    • List the top three goals of this project and how the success of each will be measured
    • If this project is a standalone project, describe its intended substantial and verifiable benefit for the community. (200 words or less)
    • If this project is intended to support another ongoing project or thesis, describe the project and how these funds would make a significant difference to the success of the other project and the intended substantial and verifiable benefit for the community that it or the other project would make. (200 words or less)
    • Show collaboration between the colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences
  • Project timeline

2.  General team information: 

  • Name of Student Leader and NAU email address
  • Student Group Affiliation, if applicable to the project
  • Name, major and class year of all students on research team
  • If this project supplements another ongoing project or thesis, provide the title of the project or thesis and the name of the principal student and department 
  • Each project will need a faculty endorser - please have name and email address of your faculty endorser

3.  Budget information:

  • General budget outline for the project including the total amount requested, justification and a breakdown by categories 
    • Allowable categories include student wage/graduate stipend (limited to 60% of the request, equipment, supplies, and travel)

    Applications close on March 1, 2018

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    Past awardees

    • 2017: “Prioritizing Ecological Restoration Sites for Educational Purposes”:  Adam Bringhurst-CEFNS, Samantha Dinning-SBS, Olivia Camping-SBS, Dr. Rand Decker-CEFNS, Dr. Wilbert Odem-CEFNS, Dr. James Bowie-SBS and Mark Manone-SBS
    • 2016“PICES Project - Pilot Intervention of Culturally-Responsive Exercise System”Christopher Frank-CEFNS, Annalee Boyle-CEFNS, Jeff Morrison-CEFNS, Ashley Averett-SBS, Anna Harris-SBS, Dr. Sara Jarvis-CEFNS and Dr. Melissa Birkett-SBS  


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