Through the generous support of the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Provost, the GW Undergraduate Research Award gives promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of a faculty member in their chosen fields of study. Research experiences not only provide challenges and depth to students' education, but they also strengthen their applications for nationally competitive fellowships and for graduate and professional schools.
All research projects must be undertaken with ongoing input and direction from the faculty mentor. It is expected that the student and mentor will discuss their expectations regarding the time commitments of both parties, scope of research, and anticipated results (e.g., papers, presentations, performances, etc.) and arrive at a mutually agreeable understanding.
Student applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at GW. Note: Recipients must be enrolled at GW throughout the tenure of the award. Full- or part-time faculty can serve as faculty mentors. Note: Faculty mentors must be associated with GW during the tenure of the award.
Period of Study
The project may begin during the summer and must be concluded during the spring semester of the following year. Please note: A portion of the funds may be available by June 1; the remaining funds will be disbursed after July 1.
By completing that application, CCAS students will also automatically be considered for the Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. Students who propose a well-defined research project that addresses a particular issue of relevance to Hispanics/Latinos will also be considered for the Cisneros Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Students and faculty mentors are welcome to review the evaluation rubric for the GW Undergraduate Research Award and the Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
The student-advisor relationship is an important element in the evaluation of applications, and accordingly, a faculty statement of support for a student’s application is not a standard recommendation letter. Faculty may either submit a letter of support that addresses the following bullet points, or respond to each of them individually using a faculty mentor form; that form is available to students who open an application in the InfoReady portal.
- Describe how the faculty member will support the student through regular interactions, possibly together with other members of the faculty or their collaborators, and also describe previous interactions between the faculty member and the student;
- Give a short description of the project, and the value, timeliness and feasibility of the project;
- Describe concrete outcomes that result from the project, for instance a publication, a public presentation or a performance;
- Describe the student’s preparation and current skills, how they tie into the project, and what kind of skills will be developed for and/or during the project.
GW undergraduate research fellowships provide an award of $5,000 meant to support the student’s research-related expenditures, which may include living expenses, travel, materials, and equipment.
Faculty mentors receive a stipend of $1,000. Faculty can opt to take this money as supplemental salary or ask that the funds be transferred to a departmental account (e.g., supporting travel, equipment, supplies, etc.).
A complete application includes:
- Two-page research proposal;
- One-page description of the student's previous experience and future goals;
- A Faculty Statement of Support; and
- Unofficial transcripts obtained through the Student Services Hub (GWeb transcripts are not acceptable). By submitting their applications, students thereby allow selection committees to review their academic record.
To apply, please complete a GW Undergraduate Research Fellowship application, available through CUFR's InfoReady portal. Please consult the application review committee's evaluation rubric for submission guidance.
By completing that application, CCAS students will also automatically be considered for the Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.
There are two deadlines for submission:
Monday, December 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.
Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.
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