Student Research

Research can be an essential part of academic development.  PNW provides hands-on opportunities for students to explore their passions.

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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

The Writing Center and the Office of Research at PNW are collaborating to offer the following proposal development workshop for the Undergraduate Research Grant and Indiana Space Grant. Registration to attend the workshop is required.  The workshop will include a presentation, followed by an opportunity to ask questions, brainstorm, write and edit your proposal. Before signing up, please make sure that you have a faculty mentor and that you have read the application requirements.

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​For questions, please contact Shuhui Yang, Office of Research, or Russell Mayo, Writing Center.​

ONLINE APPLICATION

Download Full Request For Proposals

The Student Conference Presentation Grant is available to support graduate and undergraduate students to present their research or projects at conferences or competitions. The maximum funding is $300 for a presentation or competition, subject to funding availability. Students and faculty mentors should read the following guidelines before applying.

Due to COVID19 pandemic, this grant will only support the attendance of virtual conferences, until further notice. All work must be conducted in compliance with PNW COVID guidelines.

  • Students must be registered for classes and in good academic standing to apply.
  • Only students are eligible for the Student Conference Presentation Grant. Funds cannot be used to support faculty conference attending.
  • Total grant will not exceed $300 for individual or multi-student presentations.
  • The grant will be used to cover conference registration and other eligible expenses incurred by virtual conference attending. The student’s department will work with Business Office regarding the payment and/or reimbursement.  Students will not receive cash.
  • Grant funds can be used for the following expenses:
  • Conference registration
  • Materials and supplies necessary for virtual presentation
  • Students who receive the grant must agree to present their research at the PNW Days of Discovery in April of 2021.
  • To apply, please make sure to have the following information ready:
  1. First and Last Name
  2. PNW Email
  3. Are you graduate or undergraduate student?
  4. Department and Major
  5. Faculty Mentor’s Name and PNW Email
  6. Will your mentor also attend the conference?
  7. Name, website, and location of the conference, if apply
  8. Dates and Title of your presentation
  9. Abstract of the paper/presentation (250 words max)
  10. Registration, invitation or presentation acceptance letter has to be attached.
  11. Estimated cost broken down by category (registration, supplies, other)
  12. Is your department or college funding any part of the virtual conference attending?
  13. Signed email or letter from your faculty mentor supporting your participation at the conference has to be attached.
  14. Certification that if awarded, you will participate in the Days of Discovery in April of 2021.

This grant is funded collaboratively by the PNW Graduate School and the PNW Office of Research – Student Research Office Division.   If you have any questions:

  • Graduate students – Please contact Joy Colwell, Director of Graduate Studies at colwell@pnw.edu.
  • Undergraduate students – Please contact Shuhui Yang, Student Research Office, at shuhuiyang@pnw.edu.

 

 

ONLINE APPLICATION

Download Full Request for Proposals

 

                 All work must be conducted in compliance with PNW COVID guidelines.

 

Purpose:  PNW Undergraduate Research Grant provides up to $300 for individual projects and up to $600 for group projects to pay for your research expenses in any field of study.

Deadline: Deadline for the Fall 2020 submission is Sunday, September 27, 2020 @ 11:59pm (EDT).

Eligibility: All PNW undergraduates working on an independent or group project are eligible to apply. Students must have a faculty mentor.

Award Information: The award will cover up to $300 for individual research project expenses and up to $600 for group research project expenses. The project does not have to be a year-long project, but it must be completed before your graduation or May 15, 2021, whichever comes first.

Faculty Mentor Role: Faculty members can help you explore your research interests and develop a strong project. You will identify a faculty sponsor/advisor, and this person will help you develop your application materials and oversee your project if you are awarded the grant.

Application Process:  Applications must be submitted by the student(s) via the online application.  Application formatting instructions and content requirements are detailed in the Required Application Sections.

Application Review and Selection Process: Your research grant proposal will be evaluated by a faculty review committee. You should receive notification of award approximately three weeks after the deadline. Proposals will be rated on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (outstanding) based on the following criteria:

  • Is the research problem or question well defined?
  • Is the significance of the project clearly presented?
  • Are the project objectives or hypothesis (if relevant to discipline) clearly articulated?
  • Are the research design, methods, and activities well described?
  • Does the budget appear reasonable and does the proposal provide a clear justification for items included in the budget?
  • Does the proposal convey a well thought out project with potential for success?

 

Questions: If you have any questions, contact Professor Shuhui Yang (sro@pnw.edu) or the Student Research Office.

Required Application Sections:  Please have the following information available prior to beginning the online application.

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Proposal Narrative
  3. Budget Form
  4. Faculty Mentor Approval
  5. Certifications

 

  1. Applicant Information
    • Name(s), email address(es), and college of all student researchers
    • Name(s), email address(es), and college of faculty mentor(s)
    • Anticipated project end date (Must conclude by your graduation date or May 15, 2021, whichever comes first)

 

  1. Proposal Narrative
  2. Format
    • Two page maximum (excluding references)
    • Single-spaced
    • 1-inch margins on all sides
    • 12 point Times New Roman OR 11 point Arial font
    • No name on the proposal document (this will be captured elsewhere in the application)
    • Save document as .pdf for upload
  3. Content Requirements
  • Project Title: A brief title of the research project
  • Introduction: Introduce the problem or question that this research is trying to solve.
  • Significance of the Problem (Rationale)/Literature Review: Explain why this project is worth doing.
    • Significance: Provide enough context for the project that a person outside of your discipline understands why this project needs to be done.  Explain why your proposed work is relevant, and succinctly make the case that your research question will expand the body of knowledge or move conversations forward in your field.
    • Literature Review: What other ideas does your project build on? Connect your work to renowned scholars in the field. The reviewer should understand where your project fits within the larger whole of current explorations.

 

  • Hypothesis and/or Objectives: What do you expect to learn through this research? If appropriate in your discipline, state a hypothesis. Detail the objectives that will be achieved. Make your objectives SMART:

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Achievable

R = Results-focused

T = Time-bound

 

  • Research Design, Methodology, and Activities: What will you specifically do to answer your question(s)? How much time will each step take? Explain your action steps, from data gathering to analysis. If your plan includes interviews, explain your target audience, recruitment and necessary approvals. If your plan involves reviewing original documents, how will you access the archives? Connect back to your SMART objectives.  Convince the reviewer that if you follow the steps above, your project will be successful.
  • References (excluded from page total, but included in the same document): Include the references cited in this application
  1. Budget Form
    • Your application must include a budget explaining how you propose to use the funds. Research expenses can be any costs associated with the research: materials, study participant fees, supplies, or any other item required for the project. Grants may not be used for purchase of books or other materials readily available within the department or the library. Grants may be used for student stipends. Funds will be distributed to your department and all purchases must be made through the department.
    • Please use the budget form. Once complete, save as an Excel or PDF file and upload in the appropriate field of the online application.
  2. Faculty Mentor Approval
    • Your faculty mentor must provide application approval. During application, the applicant will provide one faculty mentor’s email (@purdue.edu). The faculty mentor will receive a request by email, to login to InfoReady to review the student’s submission and approve it. If you have more than one faculty mentor, it is only necessary for one of them to approve the application.
    • Students engaging in research using human subjects must have an IRB protocol approved with the faculty mentor as PI before submitting the proposal. Faculty mentors are asked to certify IRB-related information on the Faculty Mentor Approval Form. Information about IRB can be found at https://www.irb.purdue.edu/.
    • Proposals without mentor/faculty approval will not be considered.
  3. Certifications

All students who receive awards must agree to:

  • All awarded students must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (CITI) training within 30 days of starting the project.  The Student Research Office will provide training information to the awardees.  Award will be withdrawn if the training is not completed.

 

  • Submit a final report at the end of the grant period to the Student Research Office, or by May 15, 2021, whichever comes first, by email to sro@pnw.edu.
  • Participate during the Days of Discovery in Spring 2021.

ONLINE APPLICATION

Download Full Request For Proposals

Purdue Northwest Student Research Office is requesting applications for the Indiana Space Grant Undergraduate Research Program.  The grants are for PNW undergraduate students conducting research with a PNW faculty mentor in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field. The grants will fund up $600 per project to cover research expenses.  Grant funds must be expended and submitted for processing before March 31, 2021.

 

Application DeadlineDeadline for submission is Sunday, September 27, 2020 @ 11:59pm (EDT).

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The student(s) must be active undergraduate(s) at PNW. The lead student must be a US citizen.
  • The PNW students must be conducting research in STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
  • Student(s) must have a PNW faculty mentor.

 

Faculty Mentor Role:

Faculty members can help you explore your research interests and develop a strong project. You will identify a faculty sponsor/advisor, and this person will help you develop your application materials and oversee your project if you are awarded the grant.  Faculty mentors will be required to submit a faculty mentor approval form, thus certifying their mentorship on the project.

 

Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted by the student(s) via the online application form.

 

Requirements:

  • The project must be completed by March 31, 2021.
  • All budgeted expenses must submitted for processing by no later than March 31, 2021.
  • All intellectual property generated by this project will belong to the sponsor, in this case NASA.  If you need clarification on this requirement, please contact sro@pnw.edu.
  • PNW mentors must have received approval for any project that involves regulatory restrictions including human subjects (IRB), animals (PACUC), or biohazards/r-DNA. Projects involving regulatory restrictions that have not received approval will NOT be eligible for this funding cycle.
  • Student(s) must present their project at the 2021 Days of Discovery.
  • Student(s) recipients will submit a written report at the conclusion of the student funding period, March 31, 2021. This one page report will include details on expenditures and research outcomes.
  • Funding will be allocated to departments and all expenses should be processed through the department.

 

Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals will be rated on a scale of 1(poor) to 5 (outstanding) based on the following criteria:

  • Is the research problem or question well defined?
  • Is the significance of the project clearly presented?
  • Is the project objective or hypothesis clearly articulated?
  • Are the research design, methods, and activities well described?
  • Does the budget appear reasonable and does the proposal provide a clear justification for items included in the budget?
  • Does the proposal convey a well thought out project with potential for success?

 

Required Application Sections: 

Please have the following information available prior to beginning the online application.

  1. Applicant/Faculty Mentor Information
  2. Proposal Narrative
  3. Budget Form
  4. Faculty Mentor Approval
  5. Student Certifications

 

Application Instructions:

You will be required to enter the following information in the online form.

  1. Applicant/Faculty Mentor Information
    • Name(s), email address(es), and college of all student researchers
    • Name(s), email address(es), and college of faculty mentor(s)
  2. Proposal Narrative
  • Format
    • Two page maximum (excluding references)
    • Single-spaced
    • 1-inch margins on all sides
    • 12 point Times New Roman OR 11 point Arial font
    • No name on the proposal document (this will be captured elsewhere in the application)
    • Save document as .pdf for upload
  •  Content Requirements
    • Project Title: A brief title of the research project.
    • Abstract/Problem Statement/Research Question: (Question to be investigated) State the problem that the research is trying to solve, or write a question that the research will try to answer.
    • Significance of the Problem (Rationale)/Literature Review: Explain why this project should be done.
      • Significance: Explain why your proposed work is relevant, and succinctly make the case that your research question will expand the body of knowledge or move conversations forward in your field. Describe what new information you are trying to discover, or what new process is being used or what new type of analysis is being used on the problem
      • Literature Review: What other ideas does your project build on? Connect your work to renowned scholars in the field. The reviewer should understand where your project fits within the larger whole of current explorations.
      • State Hypothesis and/or Objectives: What do you expect to learn through this research? If appropriate in your discipline, state a hypothesis. Detail the objectives that will be achieved. Make your objectives SMART:
        1. S = Specific
        2. M = Measurable
        3. A = Achievable
        4. R = Results-focused
        5. T = Time-bound
        6.  Research Design, Methodology, and Activities (Research plan): Describe the techniques and methods that will be used to perform the research. Explain your action steps, including all instrumentation and software you will use, from data gathering to analyzing the results.  Connect back to your SMART objectives.  Convince the reviewer that if you follow the steps above, your project will be successful.
        7. Location: Provide location for research activities. This can be a lab, classroom, or office at any of the Purdue Northwest Campuses. You must work under direct supervision of your mentor.
        8. References: (excluded from page total, but included in the same document): Include the references cited in this application.

 

3. Budget Form

  • The application must include a budget (up to $600) explaining how you propose to use the funds. Research expenses can be any costs associated with the research: materials, study participant fees, supplies, or any other item required for the project. Grants may be used for student stipends. Funds will be distributed to your department and all purchases must be made through the department.
  • Please use the budget form. Once complete, save as an Excel or PDF file and upload in the appropriate field of the online application.
  • Please email sro@pnw.edu with any questions regarding the allowability of budgeted items.

 

4. Faculty Mentor Approval

    • Your faculty mentor must provide application approval. During application, the applicant will provide one faculty mentor’s email (@purdue.edu). The faculty mentor will receive a request by email, to login to InfoReady to review the student’s submission and approve it. If you have more than one faculty mentor, it is only necessary for one of them to approve the application.
    • Students engaging in research using human subjects must have an IRB protocol approved with the faculty mentor as PI before submitting the proposal. Faculty mentors are asked to certify IRB-related information on the Faculty Mentor Approval Form. Information about IRB can be found at https://www.irb.purdue.edu/.
    • Proposals without mentor/faculty approval will not be considered.

 

5. Student Certifications

All students who receive awards must agree to:

  • All awarded students must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (CITI) training within 30 days of starting the project.  The Student Research Office will provide training information to the awardees.  Award will be withdrawn if the training is not completed.
  • Submit a final report by March 31, 2021 to the Student Research Office, sro@pnw.edu.
  • Participate during the Days of Discovery in Spring 2021.

 

 

 

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