Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Funds

  • Supplies or materials to conduct research (for example, software, materials for the arts, scientific supplies, books/journals that cannot be provided by the library, etc.)
  • Personnel (for example, a stipend provided to undergraduates to conduct research)
  • Travel and/or registration costs for students presenting at a conference (note that we cannot fund students to attend conferences or workshops where they are not listed as a presenter). International travel needs to be approved by the Office of International Safety and Security before an URCA proposal can be reviewed. Please email globalsafety@kennesaw.edu for more information. 
  • Publication costs

Special funding will be set aside for applicants who are conducting interdisciplinary research related to at least one of these themes:

  1. Biomedical and Health Services
  2. Technology and Computing
  3. Sustainable and Safe Communities
  4. Human Development and Well-Being

The undergraduates will be required to present their research at the Symposium of Student Scholars

Upon the completion of the project(s), recipients are required to complete an assessment survey for the Office of Undergraduate Research that includes presentations/ publications/exhibitions from the work completed. You will be emailed this survey at the end of the academic year.

Questions: our@kennesaw.edu

Please note that the application form has been updated in August 2021 and should be the only version used going forward. If you would like to view a sample from a previously funded proposal, click here

Application Due Dates
  • Monday, Sept. 13, 2021
  • Monday, Nov. 8, 2021
  • Monday, Jan. 24, 2022
  • Monday, March 21, 2022

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT on the deadline date.

Funding Amount
  • Limited to a maximum of $1,000 per student per academic year in order to provide as many opportunities for undergraduate researchers as possible. 
  • All funds must be spent within the same fiscal year (July to July)
  • The Director and/or Associate Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research will review applications with input from faculty experts.  URCA submissions are evaluated according to the following criteria:

    • Quality of writing
    • Scholarly merit
    • Impact on undergraduate researcher
    • Faculty mentor track record (or potential track record for new faculty mentors)
    • Faculty mentors must be under contract at Kennesaw State University.
    • Individual students may receive only $1,000 maximum per academic year.
    • Students must be current undergraduates at Kennesaw State University. Students who have graduated one semester prior are eligible for conference registration and publication costs (for example, a student who graduated in December could apply for URCA to offset costs for a conference in April). If the student has graduated, there is justification regarding why URCA funds are necessary (for example, the request is for publication costs for a manuscript accepted for publication after the student graduated). 
    • All KSU-supported research projects are administered in accordance with established University fiscal procedures and research policies. These include all travel regulations, policies relating to the protection of human subjects, and policies related to intellectual property rights. All publications and presentations must acknowledge the assistance of Kennesaw State University.
    • The faculty member and students are expected to obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval prior to collecting any data if the project includes research involving human or animal subjects.
    • Students who are not funded the first time they submit are strongly urged to apply again the following round if they can address the review committee's concerns.
    • One application per student for one project.  Each student is required to write his/her own application.  Copying from another student applicant will be considered as plagiarism and will be penalized accordingly.
      • Sections written by faculty mentor can be identical among applications from different students
    • Requests for materials that could be obtained in another manner (e.g., a book available at the library, software available for free at KSU) will not be funded.
    • DO NOT alter sections of the application.  All submissions must utilize the application form with all sections completed.
    • DO NOT include information not requested by the application.
    • A Primary Faculty Mentor can be funded for a limited number of URCAs per year based on the availability of funding and at the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Research.
    • Violation of safety protocols or misuse of funds will result in ineligibility for future funding from the Office of Undergraduate for at least one year. The appropriate penalty will be determined by the Director of Undergraduate Research. Students found to misuse resources, including funding, from the Office of Undergraduate Research will be considered as violators of the KSU Code of Conduct and will be reported to the Department Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
    • After being notified of the award, recipients will have eight weeks to submit requests for purchasing. An extension can potentially be granted at the discretion of the Director for Undergraduate Research. Recipients must contact the Office of Undergraduate Research (our@kennesaw.edu) within eight weeks after the initial notification. Otherwise, the funding will be considered forfeited.
    • Any awarded funding must be spent within the same fiscal year (fiscal years start July 1 and end June 30, with deadlines for fiscal year spending typically occurring in May).
    • Faculty recipients must complete survey or other reporting requirements as requested by the Office of Undergraduate Research
      • This can potentially include abstract(s) of the project results and a list of the presentations/ publications/exhibitions from the work completed.
    • Student recipients will be required to present at the Symposium of Student Scholars during Fall or Spring semester.
    • Faculty mentors for any funding from the Office of Undergraduate Research will be requested to serve as a judge for the Symposium of Student Scholars and potentially as a reviewer for any future funding opportunities for undergraduate research. If these activities are not completed after requests from the Director of OUR, faculty will become ineligible for funding from OUR for at least one year.
    • Student and faculty recipients of Office of Undergraduate Research funding also agree to be featured in any future news stories as deemed appropriate by OUR.
 
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