The Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowships are part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences comprehensive undergraduate initiative to promote discovery- and inquiry-based education throughout the undergraduate experience at GW. The Rice Fellowships offer support for student research carried out in collaboration with, and under the guidance of, at least one faculty mentor.

The research should undertake a significant, focused examination of an idea or an area of inquiry and result in work that could merit presentation or publication in a scholarly venue. The Fellowship may take place over any increment of time -- from weeks to across semesters and may or may not be associated with a credit-bearing course. The idea of the Rice Fellowships is to provide substantial support for the promotion of working research alliances between students and faculty.

Two examples of potentially fundable projects follow:

  • A student might propose a three-week long project around spring break that would involve visiting archives in London; the Rice Fellowship would pay for the travel and support of the student and support faculty guidance in the project;
  • A student wants to carry out an experiment and the running of subjects will take place across the spring and summer; the Rice Fellowship will provide student support and compensate subjects, plus support oversight of the experimentation.

Supported projects may or may not involve credit. The archive project could be an independent study, part of an existing course with this enhancement for this student, or just a well-supported research experience. Similarly, the experiment might be part of a thesis, a course, or on-going, non-credit work that the student has developed from work in a laboratory.

Eligibility

Student applicants must currently be Columbian College sophomores or juniors, a declared major, and no judicial or disciplinary findings against them. Funding must support work undertaken during the junior or senior year (or the summer before the junior year).  Faculty mentors should be full-time faculty.

Special Considerations

By completing that application, CCAS students will automatically be considered for the GW Undergraduate Research Award.  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.

 

Award

Luther Rice Fellowships typically offer $3000 - $5,000 to the student for research-related expenditures, including summer living expenses, travel, materials, and equipment. The faculty mentor receives up to $1,000 for salary or professional development.

Application

The Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship 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 CURF's InfoReady portalPlease consult the application review committee's evaluation rubric for submission guidance.

By completing that application, CCAS students will automatically be considered for the GW Undergraduate Research Award.  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.

Deadline(s)

There will be two different deadlines for submission this year. Students who apply in time for the first deadline and are not selected for funding may revise and resubmit their proposals in March.

Monday, December 6, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

Any Questions?  Contact CUFR!

Details

Class Year

  • Sophomore
  • Junior

Discipline

  • Arts
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple

Language

  • English

Duration

  • Summer
  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Research
  • Undergraduate

Region

  • DC

GWU Sponsored?

Yes

GWU Endorsement Required?

No

Make an Appointment

To discuss this and other opportunities, schedule an appointment with the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research.