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Student/Faculty Summer Research Support Program

Purpose

In 1998 and 1999, the Louisiana Board of Regents provided funds to match a gift by an anonymous donor to establish an endowment to support student/faculty research at Centenary College of Louisiana. To enhance the research and creative activity of our faculty and students, earnings from this endowment will support faculty/student teams who will work together, as mentor and apprentice, on research or creative activities during the summer.

Solicitation of Proposals

The Provost will solicit proposals early in the spring semester from faculty/student teams for research or creative activity projects to be completed during the upcoming summer. The deadline for submission of these proposals is 15 February. The Faculty Development Committee will evaluate these proposals and make recommendations to the provost.

Proposal

The faculty member is responsible for submitting a proposal that will include the following.

  1. Project description written in sufficient detail and in clear language so faculty colleagues in other disciplines might be able to read and evaluate it. The description should include a discussion of the background for the project, why it is important to do, and whether the project will lead to publication or, in the case of creative activities, to performance. Generally, a few sentences or a paragraph is an insufficient indicator of scholarly preparation for a research project.
  2. The proposal will provide a tentative budget justifying the supplies or travel requests.
  3. The faculty member will provide the name(s) of the student who will work with the faculty, a one-page statement from the student outlining why he/she wishes to work with the faculty member on the project, as well as the advisorís report for the student.
  4. The faculty member will append their updated CV to the proposal.
  5. The faculty member will list other responsibilities they will have during the summer.
  6. If a faculty member previously received one of these awards, he/she will indicate whether the project resulted in a presentation at a meeting, a publication or a performance. This information is important in evaluating subsequent awards.

Selection Criteria

  1. Application is open to tenure track and non-tenure track faculty members. However, the College will make awards only to faculty members who will return the fall after the summer award. In the situation of competing proposals, we will give preference to tenure track faculty.
  2. Student participation is open only to currently matriculated full-time students; that is, students graduating in May preceding the summer award may not receive funding.
  3. Is the project description suitable for a faculty/student joint project?
  4. Can the project be substantially completed during the summer?
  5. Will the project make use of the student in a role as a true junior partner?
  6. Is the supplies or travel budget appropriate for the project? Is the budget itemized?
  7. Does the project have the potential to lead to a presentation to regional professional meeting, in a refereed journal or at a significant performance?
  8. Does the faculty member have a track record of successfully supervising student projects?
  9. Will the faculty memberís other summer responsibilities adversely impact on their contributions to the joint student/faculty project?

Stipulations

  1. Student stipends are set at $2,500 for 10 weeks of full-time research work or creative activity during the summer.
  2. Faculty stipends are set at $3,500 for 10 weeks of full-time research or creative activity supervision during the summer.
  3. Teams may request a maximum of $500 for transportation (airfare or mileage).
  4. The Faculty Development Committee will entertain itemized requests for supplies that do not exceed, in aggregate, $500. The provost may allocate funds to support other aspects of student/faculty research upon consultation with the Faculty Development Committee.
  5. All the available funds will not necessarily be awarded each year. The total amount awarded will be based upon the funds available as well as the number of requests received and the merits of the proposals.
  6. The Faculty Development Committee will attempt to distribute awards evenly to the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities divisions. However, if insufficient qualified proposals arrive from one division, the Committee may reallocate the awards to deserving applicants in another division.
  7. A written report on the expenditure of funds and progress on the research project must be submitted by the supervising faculty member to the provost by October 15 following the summer award.
  8. Any unencumbered funds remaining on October 15 will be returned to the endowment in accordance with LA Board of Regents policy.
  9. The faculty member supervising the project is responsible for providing the provost with programs of conferences indicating where papers arising from the project were presented, programs of performances where the supported creative activity was conducted and copies of papers from journals where the supported work was published.
  10. Faculty members holding 11-month contract Endowed Chairs and Alumni Grant awardees are not eligible for this award. However, such faculty may apply for limited grants to support a student for the summer.
  11. Faculty members who failed to submit required reports on previous summer research grants will not be considered for funding for subsequent proposals.
  12. Faculty members who receive a student/faculty summer award will carry the designation of Centenary College Research Professor in Humanities, Social Science or Natural Science, as appropriate, from 1 June until 31 May of the award fiscal year.

Last updated March 8, 2007.