Urdea Undergraduate Research Award
The SPArCS Award
The Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) program solicits applications from full-time NAU undergraduate students for research, scholarly, or creative projects in any academic discipline. The HURA program, named for Dr. Henry O. Hooper in honor of his dedication to promoting research at NAU, encourages undergraduate students to pursue academic interests outside of their regular coursework by providing funding that will enable them to work on special projects of their own design. Since the inception of the HURA program, more than 500 students across all of NAU’s colleges have discovered the benefits of these hands-on learning opportunities in laboratories, studios, libraries, and field sites
Applications will be accepted February 1 – March 1, 2024.
Announcements about the 2024-2025 HURA award recipients will be sent the week of April 1. All applicants will be notified no later than April 11 about the status of their proposal.
The intent of the Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) is to encourage greater participation of undergraduate students from all disciplines in research, scholarly, and creative activities supervised by a faculty mentor.
NAU undergraduates must be:
- enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program for both the fall and spring semesters of the award year; and
- in good academic standing at the time of application and during the period in which the project is funded.
- The maximum award is $5,000 for 1 or 2 students or $7,500 for 3 or more students.
- HURA recipients must register for at least one hour of academic credit in undergraduate research, independent study, field work, or another appropriate course for their HURA project each semester that they receive HURA funding.
- Compensation for student personnel is $16.00/hour.
- Applications will be accepted February 1 – March 1, 2024.
- HURA notifications will be sent to all applicants the week of April 1, 2024.
HURA Application Workshops
|February 7||6:00-7:00 pm||Lumberjack Lounge in the Union|
|February 15||6:00-7:00 pm||Lumberjack Lounge in the Union|
Guidelines & Instructions Accordion Open
You should thoroughly review the information found in the HURA and Urdea Request for Proposals (RFP) and understand all application requirements. If you are proposing a project that involves human subjects, please be sure to pay particular attention to the IRB special instructions in the RFP.
The student’s application portfolio, including the faculty mentor recommendation, is submitted using an online submission portal.
- Use the HURA Application Template to create a single Word document that includes the project description/narrative, timeline, and resume(s).
- Use the HURA Budget Worksheet to create an Excel document outlining your budget.
- Sign in to the online submission portal using your Louie login and upload the Word and Excel documents. Additionally, you will need to provide your faculty mentor’s name and email address. An automatic request to complete a recommendation form will be emailed to the faculty mentor.
- You can log back in to the submission portal at any time to make changes to your application or check to see if your faculty recommendation has been received until March 1. It is your responsibility to ensure that your faculty mentor recommendation is submitted no later than March 1, 2024.
Application Forms Accordion Closed
The 2024-2025 application forms below should be downloaded and saved to your computer.
- HURA Application Template (.docx) NOTE: The recommendation form, project description, timeline, references, and qualifications of applicant(s) are included in this document. The budget template must be downloaded separately.
- HURA Budget Worksheet (.xlsx)
If formatting becomes problematic on the application template, the form protection (it is not password-protected) may be removed as follows: In Word, on the Review tab, click on Protect Document, then “Restrict Formatting and Editing.” Then click on “Stop Protection.”
Additional Resources Accordion Closed
If you’re interested in applying for a SPArCS award, you are strongly encouraged—but not required—to:
- Complete review the PowerPoint Presentation with tips and advice about preparing a competitive proposal
- Attend our in-person workshop (see above), and
- Cconsult with the University Writing Commons for assistance with your application.
For 2023-24 Award Recipients: Required Project Reports Accordion Closed
It is the responsibility of the 2023-24 HURA grant recipients to file these required project reports in a timely manner.
Interim progress report (due December 15, 2023)
- Use the interim report template provided here
- Describe and assess progress toward outcomes compared to timeline included in application
- Review project timeline and budget. If budget modification is warranted, you need to submit a new budget spreadsheet to request a reallocation of your funding into different categories. Use your original approved budget spreadsheet, edit the numbers in the budget lines, keep the original justification and add a justification for the requested revisions. Email your revised budgets to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Photos of you working on your project, if available
Final report (due May 10, 2024)
Submit your online final report by May 10, 2024. The report includes the following questions on:
- Description extent to which the goals and objectives of the project have been achieved
- Description of the outcomes/results of the project and how they were disseminated
- Statement describing the benefits to the student of participation in the research project
- Summary of how funds were used (e.g., budget vs. actual)
- Summary of the departmental and/or other contributions to the project
- Photos of you working on your project, or presenting your results, if available
- Feedback and post-assessment