Honors Undergraduate Research Award

2015-2016 Guidelines

Submission Deadline: October 5, 2015

The Office of Undergraduate Research in collaboration with the Honors Program is pleased to accept applications from senior Honors students who are completing their Honors thesis during the 2015-2016 academic year. Honors students in all disciplines are eligible. Students with a current General Undergraduate Research Award are not eligible. Research must be conducted under the supervision of a UNR faculty member and must be completed during the 2015-2016 academic year. The funding for each award is up to $1,500 per student and $500 per mentor (funded separately by the Honor's Program). The project should be planned in close collaboration with a faculty mentor; however, the proposal must be completed by the student. Students may submit a proposal to both the NSF EPSCoR and the Honors undergraduate research programs; however, they may receive only one grant.

Research award recipients must prepare and present a poster at the Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium (NURS), held at UNR each April. The exact dates of this symposium will be provided to the participants. The poster should represent the research completed during the course of the funded project period. Award recipients and their mentors are also required to provide feedback on the program by completing a questionnaire provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Applicants are required to submit a proposal that consists of the following:

PROPOSAL: Each proposal must include the following sections:

  • COVER PAGE: Completed cover page (download Word form here).

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION: 2 page limit; 12-pt. font, single-spaced, 1" margins.

    Applicants must include the following sections and headings:

1. Abstract (50-100 words);

2. Introduction;

3. Objectives;

4. Plans for research and/or creative work;

5. Bibliography;

6. Two-semester timetable;

7. Plans for dissemination of results; and

8. Qualifications of the student.

The proposal must be written in a way that is understandable to reviewers whose backgrounds may be outside the applicant's field.

  • BUDGET: The total budget is limited to $1,500 plus a $500 stipend for the mentor. Allowable expenses include materials, supplies, travel costs (up to $750), postage, specialized software (if not already available at UNR), copying costs, etc. Purchase of equipment (e.g., laptop computers) and hosting (food, drink) is not allowed. Include a justification for each of the proposed budget items. Travel expenditures need to follow the UNR rules for travel and a travel request has to be submitted well before the actual trip (Consult with your faculty mentor for guidance). All expenses must be spent by the end of May 2016. Please request only the funds that you will use on your project.

  • TRANSCRIPTS of work completed at UNR, including a list of courses taken during Fall 2015. Scan the transcripts and include with the proposal (Unofficial transcripts are ok).

  • SUPPORT LETTER(S): The proposal must include a letter from the supervising faculty mentor(s) indicating their approval of the proposal and describing their level of involvement in the project. Note that this is not merely a reference letter. It is a letter that should describe the mentor's endorsement of both the proposal and the student, and indicate their commitment to oversee the project. The letter should also indicate if the faculty member(s) have directed any projects funded by HURA in the past 5 years and include the name(s) of the student awardee(s), if any.

  • PROJECTS INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS OR VERTEBRATE ANIMALS: Prior approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for human subjects and/or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for animal subjects is not required for proposal submission. However, students chosen to receive a scholarship under this program who anticipate the use of human or animal subjects in their research must receive approval of their research protocols by the appropriate review board prior to the beginning of research and release of funds.

    Human Subjects:
    If this proposed project involves the collection of information from human beings through interaction or observation, include an attachment (not included in the two-page limit) that provides sufficient information to enable reviewers to evaluate potential risks to subjects. Include information concerning the subject population, type(s) of information to be gathered and measures to be taken to protect privacy and reduce risks.
    See the Office of Human Research Protection website for more information (www.unr.edu/ohrp)

    Vertebrate Subjects:
    If this proposed project involves living vertebrate animals in any way, include an attachment (not included in the two page limit) that provides sufficient information to enable reviewers to evaluate the choice of species, number of animals to be used and any exposure of animals to discomfort, pain, or injury. See Institutional Animal Use Care Committee website for more information (www.unr.edu/research/iacuc).

Questions regarding the proposal format and contents should be sent to ugresearch@unr.edu or visit the website at environment.unr.edu/undergraduateresearch/opportunities/hura.html

The completed proposal must be submitted in a single pdf file by 5 pm on Monday, October 5th, 2015, with the subject line reading "HURA Proposal" to ugresearch@unr.edu. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours that your proposal has been received. If you do not receive an email please call 775-784-8262. The entire email should not be larger than 5 MB or it will bounce. Proposals that do not conform to the format requirements, are late, or are incomplete will not be accepted for review.