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VPUE Departmental Grants for Undergraduate Research

VPUE Departmental Grants to Develop Undergraduate Research and Scholarship are intended to introduce Stanford undergraduates to ways of conducting scholarship in a particular field, and to promote student training in rigorous methods of inquiry, analysis, or creation appropriate to the academic discipline of interest. Grants will fund programs that support student training and learning through participation in faculty-designed research, scholarly, and creative projects, and that promote the inclusion of students in intellectual communities with a primary emphasis on developing the skills that prepare faculty-mentored students to undertake more independent projects in the future.

In summary, students supported by this funding will develop their capacities as researchers, humanists, or artists through intellectual exploration, engagement with faculty, and immersion in a scholarly community. Departmental Grants are for groups of faculty within a coordinating department, interdisciplinary program, or center, whereas Faculty Grants support individual faculty.

Please refer to the 2017-18 Request For Proposals for application instructions, policies, and procedures. For more information,  contact Associate Dean Brian Thomas.

Please refer to the 2017-18 Admin Memo for an outline of policies and proceedures for using VPUE Departmental Grants for Undergraduate Research.

The 2017-2018 Department Grant deadline was October 31, 2017. 

The grant portal is now closed.

 

VPUE Faculty Grants for Undergraduate Research

VPUE Faculty Grants for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship are intended to introduce Stanford undergraduates to ways of conducting scholarship in a particular field, and to promote student training in rigorous methods of inquiry, analysis, or creation appropriate to the academic discipline of interest.  Grants will support projects that engage students in faculty-designed research, scholarly, and creative projects and that promote the inclusion of students in intellectual communities with a primary emphasis on developing the skills that prepare faculty-mentored students to undertake more independent projects in the future. 

In summary, students supported by this funding will develop their capacities as researchers, humanists, or artists through intellectual exploration, engagement with faculty, and immersion in a scholarly community.  Faculty Grants support individual faculty, whereas Departmental Grants are for groups of faculty within a coordinating department, interdisciplinary program, or center.

Please refer to the 2017-18 Request For Proposals for application instructions, policies, and procedures. For more information, contact Associate Dean Brian Thomas.

Please refer to the 2017-18 Admin Memo for an outline of policies and proceedures for using VPUE Faculty Grants for Undergraduate Research.

The Fall 2017-2018 Faculty Grant deadline was October 31, 2017. 

The Winter 2017-2018 Faculty Grant deadline was February 15, 2018. 

The grant portal is now closed.

Writing Student Grant Letters of Recommendation

Students submitting their own proposals for funding through the UAR Student Grant program are required to work with a faculty mentor throughout their project.  Part of the application process includes the review of a faculty letter of recommendation.

Mentorship letters for student research, arts, or senior synthesis projects

 The most helpful mentorship letters include an honest and critical evaluation of the student’s written project proposal, which includes the following:

  • a frank, scholarly evaluation of the proposed project, its feasibility in the time indicated and its potential significance
  • an indication of the student’s level of independence and ownership of this project within the faculty mentor’s broader scholarly agenda
  • suggestions on how the plans could be modified or improved
  • an assessment of the candidate's ability to carry out the project
  • an outline of future interactions between the student and the faculty mentor

If the project involves human subjects, faculty should comment on the steps taken to insure safety, and the progress of the student acquiring IRB approval for the project. The research procedures should be the least risky that can be performed consistent with sound research design.

Furthermore, if the project involves fieldwork away from campus, the faculty letter should assess the student's level of preparation for such work. This includes methodological training and a comprehensive awareness of safety and ethical considerations.

Mentorship letters for student conference presentations

Letters supporting a student's application for a UAR Conference Grant shouhld explicitly endorse the research that the student is presenting. The letter should also provide an assessment of the conference and comment on the relevance of the conference for the student's work.

Submitting Letters of Recommendation

Letters must be uploaded directly via webform, using the information emailed to you when a student submits their proposal.  UAR cannot accept hard copies or email attachments.

UAR maintains the confidentiality of letters to the extent provided by law.  Because the proposal review process is intended to be educational for students, we may aggregate faculty recommendations with comments from other of grant reviewers when giving feedback to students. Candid faculty evaluations remain vital to the quality of this feedback process.

Comments or questions about the Student Grants program are welcome at vpue-research@stanford.edu.