Cleveland State University

Undergraduate Student Research

2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Award Program1

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support undergraduate student research and scholarship for Summer 2015. The purpose of this program is to provide undergraduate students an engaged learning experience that involves intellectual inquiry and faculty mentoring during the summer. Another intention of the program is to foster an engaged environment that promotes a culture of student involvement in research and scholarship at the University. Faculty members from any department or discipline are welcome to apply, and may author or co-author a maximum of two proposals. However, the proposed activities must provide a genuine research or scholarship experience for current undergraduate student(s), and faculty mentors must be active participants in the student experience. Consequently, all proposals should focus on these benefits to the undergraduate student(s) involved. There are $250,000.00 total funds available for this program, and it is anticipated that 30-40 proposals will be funded. Questions about the program may be addressed to Joy Yard, 687-9364,, or Conor McLennan, 687-5171,

Terms of Award

Acceptance of an award signifies the intent of faculty member(s) to 1.) work with the undergraduate student(s) supported by this program to submit an abstract - and present a poster – at the Fall 2015 Undergraduate Research Poster Session, and 2.) submit a final report by October 1, 2015 to Joy Yard ( and Conor McLennan (

The awarded funds must be expended by September 15, 2015. Before work can begin on projects that involve the study of humans or animals, awardees must obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Questions regarding these issues should be directed to Sponsored Programs and Research Services (SPRS).

The Office of Research exercises no direction or supervision over the details of the activities to be performed, but it does require adherence to the original objectives and purposes of the proposal.

Any publication (report, journal article, etc.) resulting from an Undergraduate Summer Research Award must carry an acknowledgment that the project was carried out with support from the Cleveland State University Undergraduate Summer Research Award Program.

All equipment purchased under the Undergraduate Summer Research Award Program becomes the sole property of the University and, for property control purposes, is assigned to the department in which the awardee holds his or her appointment.

All awards are administered through the Office of Research. Award funds must be expended for the purposes described in the proposal and in accordance with applicable University regulations and procedures. All award funds remaining unspent after September 15, 2015 will revert back to the Office of Research for redistribution; no extensions will be granted.

1Previously named Engaged Learning Proposals: CSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement


Following the instructions stated below, under "Preparing the Application," faculty members seeking funding under this program must submit a proposal via email as a single pdf-formatted attachment to AND no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 5, 2015.

Award decisions are expected by March 13, 2015. Awarded funds will be available beginning May 11, 2015.

Preparing the Application

Proposals should be written using language that may be understood by non-specialist faculty colleagues and focus on the learning experiences of the undergraduate student(s). In order to assist in the preparation of successful applications, the evaluation form that will be used to evaluate the proposals is provided below.

Applications must be prepared using a 10-point or larger font on 8 ˝" x 11" paper with 1" margins. Handwritten materials will not be accepted.

In addition to a completed cover page (available at the Office of Research website under Internal Funding Programs), all proposals should be a maximum of three pages and include the following sections:

  • Introduction/Background
  • Justification for Research/Scholarship Activity.
  • Student Engagement. Without naming any specific students, explain how the student(s) will be engaged during the summer AND the role of the faculty mentor(s). Students’ names, CSU IDs, and anticipated graduation date must be included in the final report.
  • Desired Outcomes.
  • Budget and Budget Justification. Proposals should include an itemized budget for all research and scholarship expenses. Expenses should be limited to those that support student involvement.

Allowable expenses include: Undergraduate student salary (hourly rate) and fringe, supplies and other items directly related to the proposed research or scholarship activity; survey costs; funds to pay research participants; travel expenses related to a presentation (including a poster presentation) by the student investigator at a national meeting.

Non-allowable expenses include: Stipend or salary for faculty; travel to attend (but not present at) professional meetings; computer hardware; iPad (or any other tablet); ipod; iphone (or any other cell phone); publication costs for the poster session. Academic Programs will pay for the costs of producing the poster in the library.

The Colleges will be responsible for monitoring the account for adherence to Cleveland State University’s accounting policies and practices. Over-expenditure of the account(s) will be charged back to the College(s).

If questions arise concerning the acceptability of anticipated costs for support, they should be directed to Joy Yard, 687-9364,, or Conor McLennan, 687-5171,

Click here for a printable PDF version of these guidelines.

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