Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award

The STAR Awards (Summer Time Academic Research) program is a competitive, early-career program through which Human Ecology graduate students engage in mentored research or scholarly creative projects during the summer. The award provides up to $2,500 and is designed to enable the student to: (a) engage in innovative research/creative scholarship-related learning that enriches and informs his/her scholarly portfolio; and (b) be mentored by a SoHE faculty member or an expert outside the School (approved by Dept. Chair).

NOTES: Students applying for the Dissertation, MS Thesis, MFA Project Awards are not eligible to apply for a STAR Award. Priority will be given to students who have not yet received STAR award support.

Award recipients will be required to share their summer research/creative scholarship experiences at an all school event during the subsequent academic year (e.g., presenting their work at an all-School poster session held in conjunction with the prospective graduate student visit day, Board of Visitor visit day, alumni event, etc.).

Required Application Materials

  1. Project description (no more than two pages) that includes the purpose, methods/approach, and significance. Quality project descriptions will address how the project relates to the student’s career goals, including how s/he may use the award as a stepping stone to future research/creative scholarly endeavors. Students should also address how the faculty/expert mentor will be involved in seeing the project through to completion.
  2. Budget page and justification of expenditures needed in order to complete the project
  3. Timeline for completing the project
  4. Curriculum vitae—one page maximum, including cumulative GPA
  5. A confidential letter from the faculty advisor* regarding the merits of the student’s proposal, including a statement on how the student’s project will be completed in a timely manner

*Advisors submitting recommendations for more than one student should make clear distinctions between students regarding the merits of each individual’s work. Students whose project is mentored by an expert outside of the School should request a letter of support from that individual and a letter of approval from the student’s Department Chair.

Review Criteria
Applications will be evaluated and ranked by the SoHE Graduate Program Committee (GPC) according to the following criteria:

  1. Overall quality and clarity of proposal;
  2. Clear case made for the relevance of the project to the student’s scholarly and professional work;
  3. Student’s academic record (GPA and other indicators of academic and professional achievement);
  4. Appropriateness of the proposed budget; and
  5. Confidential letter of support from the student’s faculty advisor

Award
Up to $2,500
Deadline
03/15/2021
Supplemental Questions
  1. Project description (no more than two pages) that includes the purpose, methods/approach, and significance. Quality project descriptions will address how the project relates to the student’s career goals, including how s/he may use the award as a stepping stone to future research/creative scholarly endeavors. Students should also address how the faculty/expert mentor will be involved in seeing the project through to completion
  2. Budget page and justification of expenditures needed in order to complete the project
  3. Timeline for completing the project
  4. Curriculum vitae—one page maximum, including cumulative GPA
  5. A confidential letter from the faculty advisor* regarding the merits of the student’s proposal, including a statement on how the student’s project will be completed in a timely manner *Advisors submitting recommendations for more than one student should make clear distinctions between students regarding the merits of each individual’s work. Students whose project is mentored by an expert outside of the School should request a letter of support from that individual and a letter of approval from the student’s Department Chair. Confidential letters must be delivered/emailed directly to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
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