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Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities
In line with their commitment to the scholarly/creative activity of students at Chapman University, the Office of the Chancellor and the OUR offer the following funding opportunities:

1. Undergraduate Student Scholarly Research/Creative Grants
2. Travel Grants
3. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

 

Undergraduate Students Scholarly/Creative Grants

In line with their commitment to the scholarly/creative activity of students at Chapman University, the Office of the Chancellor, the Faculty Research and Development Council and the OUR offer Undergraduate Student Scholarly/Creative Grants.

Awards
Awards are intended to provide support for a variety of clearly defined scholarly or creative projects. Grants typically do not exceed $750, but all reasonable proposals will be considered. Funds may be used for a number of purposes, including (but not limited to):

  • The purchase of equipment, materials, or supplies directly related to the project

  • Expenses directly related to the project such as test subject remuneration, license fees, or bio-hazardous waste removal

  • Travel expenses directly related to the project such as working in an archive or collecting field data

Undergraduate students seeking to fund conference travel should apply for an Undergraduate Travel Grant through the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Eligibility
All understudents on the Orange campus are eligible to apply. Students may apply for only one grant each academic year. Undergraduate students may apply in either the fall (for spring semester funding) or the spring (for the following summer and fall semester funding).

Deadline
Fall applications must be electronically emailed to our@chapman.edu by 4:00 PM, November 1st. Fall applications will be carefully considered by the Faculty Research and Development Council. Award recipients will be notified on December 1st.

Spring applications must be electronically emailed to our@chapman.edu by 4:00 PM, April 13th. Spring applications will be carefully considered by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Award recipients will be notified on May 15th.

Application Procedure
Application guidelines and application cover sheets can be found on the Chancellor's website: www.chapman.edu/CHANCELLOR/facultyForms.asp#faculty  

Questions
Questions about the grant program should be addressed to OUR@chapman.edu 

 


OUR Travel Grants  

Funding is available to support travel to conferences by undergraduate students and faculty mentors. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Funding is provided for travel, lodging, and conference registration fees only. Meals are not covered by OUR.

Application Procedure

Requests for travel funds must be made at least 60 days in advance of presentation date and must be electronically emailed to our@chapman.edu. Special circumstances will be considered on an individual basis. All applicants are required to seek joint funding from additional sources while applying for OUR funding. Sources include the Student Government Association, departmental/school funding, and the Honors Program. Incomplete applications will be returned for correction.

 

Application for Travel Funding Request: Application 

 

Travel Expense Report Form: Travel Expense Report CY 2011 

 

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at: our@chapman.edu 

 

+-Undergraduate Student Scholarly Research/Creative Grants

Awards
Awards are intended to provide support for a variety of clearly defined scholarly or creative projects. Grants typically do not exceed $1000, but all reasonable proposals will be considered. Funds may be used for a number of purposes, including (but not limited to):
  • The purchase of equipment, materials, or supplies directly related to the project
  • Expenses directly related to the project such as test subject remuneration, license fees, or bio-hazardous waste removal
  • Travel expenses directly related to the project such as working in an archive or collecting field data

Eligibility
All undergraduate students on the Orange campus are eligible to apply. Students may apply for only one grant each academic year. Undergraduate students may apply in either the fall (for spring semester funding) or the spring (for the following summer and fall semester funding).
 
Deadline
Fall applications must be sent electronically to the OUR by 4:00 PM, November 1st. Fall applications will be carefully considered by the Faculty Research and Development Council. Award recipients will be notified on December 15th.
 
Spring applications must be sent electronically to the OUR by 4:00 PM, April 15th. Spring applications will be carefully considered by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Award recipients will be notified on May 15th.
 
Application Procedure
Announcement and application guidelines, plus the cover sheet and report on use of grant funds may be found on our resources for students page.
 
Questions
Questions about the grant program should be addressed to the OUR.

+-Travel Grants

OUR Travel Grants
Funding is available to support travel to conferences by undergraduate students and faculty mentors. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Funding is provided for travel, lodging, and conference registration fees only. Meals are not covered by OUR.
 
Application Procedure
Requests for travel funds must be made at least six weeks in advance of presentation date and must be electronically emailed to the OUR. Special circumstances will be considered on an individual basis. All applicants are required to seek joint funding from additional sources while applying for OUR funding. Sources include the Student Government Association, departmental/school funding, and the Honors Program. Incomplete applications will be returned for correction.
 
Please review Chapman University’s fiscal policies prior to your travel to make sure you comply with the University’s travel reimbursement policies, or you may contact the OUR for assistance.

+-Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the second annual Chapman University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program.  This will be a great opportunity to have a paid summer fellowship on campus with a faculty member in addition to professional programming, social events, and other activities designated for this group of SURF participants.

We encourage students across all disciplines to start identifying full-time faculty members who are willing to provide them mentorship for this program through the summer. Explore our faculty profiles to get more information on the variety of faculty research interests. The program lasts for 10 weeks during summer 2014 (30 hours research/week expected, June - August) in which students will be provided a fellowship of $3,000 with an opportunity for additional funding of up to $1000 to be applied towards research expenses (students must submit a separate research grant proposal for consideration after notification of fellowship). Sponsoring faculty mentors will also be provided a stipend of $1,000. On-campus housing is available for the summer (students will be responsible for all costs).

The selection criteria are based on application materials and letter of collaboration provided by the sponsoring faculty member. Additionally, if your research involves humans or animals, you will need to request Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. The IRB at Chapman University is an authority that reviews, approves, denies and provides ongoing oversight of research involving human and animal subjects in accordance with FDA regulations. If your research requires IRB approval, you must apply for approval before the SURF application deadline. Proof of submission can be sent by email to our@chapman.edu. For more information, please review the IRB forms and instructions.

Students without prior research experience are encouraged to apply.
Please see the flyer and FAQ sheet for more information about the program.

The application is available at the following link:
2014 SURF Application

The deadline for application and letter of collaboration is March 1, at 11:59PM. Award notifications are expected to be sent on April 1st. Feel free to email our@chapman.edu if you have any further questions.

The 2012 SURF Program was featured in Chapman Magazine. Click to read about the incredible research opportunities our previous SURF fellows had.

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