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CRS Award Funds

Research refers to the inquiry that harnesses knowledge, skills, and values to produce new knowledge or to make a new contribution to the discipline and it is recognized that this concept varies across the humanities, the creative arts, and the sciences disciplines. CRS provides funds to students and faculty to support undergraduate research and scholarship through the following awards.


Research Project Awards (Student)

Deadline: Rolling

Supports student research projects. These funds resource the purchase of equipment (which becomes university assets), supplies, travel (including overseas), consultation fees, student stipends, or other support services needed for the execution of research projects.


Student Research Presentation Awards

Supports travel expenses for student researchers who have been accepted to present their research at an external event (e.g., a conference, symposium, or exhibition). Students awarded travel funding must travel to the conference and be a significant contributor to the research project/creative work.


Faculty Professional Development Awards

Supports professional development opportunities for faculty involved in teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate residential students in research and scholarship. These funds support hosting external speakers for on-campus workshops, purchase of online or print resources, enrollment in a university course, or travel to conferences, all related to developing an effective and well-informed undergraduate research program (see Section IX of the QEP). 


Faculty Release

Deadline: February 1, 2019

The award supports release time or compensation for faculty involved in research. The release must be dean approved and may be spread over two semesters or used within one semester. Additionally, recipients can apply for additional funding for items including, but not limited to, supplies, travel, and other support services. Faculty release and/or compensation may span multiple years based on an annual review. The faculty is eligible for release approval even if previously approved in another application cycle. 


Research Project Awards (Faculty)

Deadline: Tier 1 (Below $7500) – Rolling; Tier 2 ($7500 or above)- February 1, 2019

Supports faculty research projects. These funds resource the purchase of equipment (which becomes University assets), supplies, travel (including overseas), consultation fees, student stipends, or other support services needed for the execution of research projects.


Research Event Awards

Supports faculty or student research events hosted by LU schools/colleges for internal and/or external participants. These funds resource speaker honorariums, travel hosting, supplies, food services, advertising, printing, and monetary awards related to the execution of an effective research event.


Faculty Scholarship Awards

Supports faculty fees and costs associated with publication or presentation of research.


Work Study Research Assistantships

Work-study Research Assistants (RAs) are assigned to a specific faculty member to help work on a research project. While much of the work may be basic (entering and coding data, collecting specimens, conducting literature searches, communicating with participants), the goal is for the student to make a meaningful contribution to the project while learning about the process of research or scholarship in the field. We expect for CRS RAs to be fully integrated into research teams or discussions. CRS RAs can also take on additional responsibility for projects as they gain experience.

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