The LSSU Undergraduate Research Committee announces a call for undergraduate student research proposals. The application window for fall is from August 30 – November 10. The application window for spring is January 30 – March 20. Awards of up to $500 to support senior capstone project/research-based equipment, supplies, and travel will be granted on a competitive basis. Please Note that food expenses cannot be supported by the grant. Students should consult with their faculty mentor and read the application guidelines. Submitting an application is the final step. Contact one of the URC members if you have questions.
Undergraduate research is an integral part of the student experience at Lake Superior State University. In fact, the University mission and vision statement emphasizes LSSU’s role in helping students develop their full potential, as well as contributing to the growth, dissemination and application of knowledge.
The Undergraduate Research Committee (URC) is charged with promoting and recognizing the student research efforts that occur across campus, as well as encouraging new efforts. The committee consists of faculty members from various academic disciplines.
One of the main roles of the URC is to oversee the Undergraduate Research Fund, a program sponsored by the LSSU Foundation that awards grants of up to $500 to students to support project or research-based equipment, supplies, and travel.
The student grants are awarded once each semester on a competitive basis. To apply for a research grant, students must fill out the online application form.
Guidelines for Application
- Have your faculty mentor approve your project description.
- Complete the online application
- Application section describing your project. A timeline should include specific details. You should be careful about using technical jargon as the review committee is made up of a broad audience. Your project description should speak to the goals/rationale of your project, as well as the methodology. Citations should be included, where appropriate.
- Budget section justifying your request for funds (not to be used for wages or food for the researcher). Be sure to include how the rest of the budget will be paid if your budget is greater than $500.
- Request a letter of support from your faculty project advisor/mentor
- If your project involves the use of humans or vertebrate animals, please submit your proposal to the appropriate LSSU committee.
- Vertebrates: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
- Humans: Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Students may apply for multiple URC grants, but preference will be given to first-time applicants.
Expectations for Successful Award Recipients
- Upon award notification, recipients are encouraged to write a letter thanking the donor.
- Funds will be reimbursed only with appropriate receipts or documentation. Students should submit all receipts to their department for reimbursement. For internal transfers, it is recommended that when a student is awarded the money, the amount would be transferred to the department at the time of the award so that they could reimburse the student directly when the purchases are made and the receipts are turned in.
- A final report is due four semesters after award receipt or before graduation, whichever comes first. Yearly progress reports are also expected.
The Undergraduate Research Committee Members (URC)
Sandi King, DNP, Professor, School of Nursing, Chair of Undergraduate Research Committee
Janine Murray, Administrative Assistant, Lukenda School of Business, Undergraduate Research Committee Assistant
Barbara Evans, PhD, Professor, School of Science and Medicine
Kat Rocheford, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Gerald Root, Associate Professor, Lukenda School of Business
Russell Searight, PhD, Professor, School of Kinesiology and Behavioral Sciences
Joseph Susi, PhD, Professor, School of Kinesiology and Behavioral Sciences
Jason Swedene, PhD, Professor, School of Arts and Letters
Masoud Zarepoor, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Technology
The funding for the URC student grant fund is made available by donations to the LSSU Foundation Office. If you are interested in making a donation or have questions about donations, please contact Sharon Dorrity, the Director of Constituent Relations.