The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity is pleased to offer research mini-grants for undergraduate student research, scholarship, and creative activity. The Jean Shuler Research Mini-Grant is designed to promote scholarly student research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students should propose the research, scholarly, or creative project to a faculty mentor for collaboration. These grants provide students with financial support of up to $500 for consumable materials, training fees, or travel expenses related to completing a project. Mini-grants may not be used to pay salaries, or attend or present at a conference. Only one mini-grant will be awarded per undergraduate career.
Application deadline for Fall 2023: October 1
The grant period to spend funds is October 15, 2023 to May 10, 2024.
Application process Accordion Closed
Applications will be accepted on a per semester basis for the academic year. All completed applications will be reviewed by a committee and up to four mini-grants will be awarded each semester. Faculty and students should work together to prepare the requirements listed in the proposal requirements.
Fall deadline: October 1
Spring deadline: March 1
Proposal requirements Accordion Closed
1. Project description (500 words max). Includes:
- Research question
- Significance of the project to you, your academic discipline, and the university
- Brief context of research that has been done in the topic
- Research methods
- Expected conclusions
2. Role of participants (200 words max)
- Must include presenting at NAU’s Undergraduate Symposium
5. Investigator Biography (200 words max). Includes:
- Experiences you have had that have prepared you for the project
- Training you have received that makes you qualified to carry out the project
- Personal goals and desired learning outcomes
7. Unofficial copy of transcripts
8. Faculty Mentor Recommendation (link sent upon submission of student application). Includes:
- Familiarity with student’s work and proposal
- Quality of student’s work
- The importance of receiving the award to meet the student’s research and educational goals
Grantee responsibilities Accordion Closed
Students who receive a Jean Shuler Research Mini-Grant will be expected to carry out the research project as described in the proposal.
Funds may only be used for expenditures which specified in the budget appearing in the award notice.
Funded students will be required to participate in NAU’s Undergraduate Symposium in late April.
Recipients will also be required to submit a feedback form within 30 days of completion of the project but no later than May 15 for fall recipients and December 15 for spring recipients.
Graduate School Test Prep Waiver
The Jean Shuler Research Mini-Grant can also be used to fund up to a $250 toward a Graduate School Test Prep Course.