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Henderson Family Award for the Study of Slavery

Who qualifies: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all majors within MSU College of Social Science.

How much: $2,000 plus up to $10,000 in expenses if the research requires travel to a destination (archive, library, historical site, etc.)

How it can be used: Undergraduate Research

Applications are due February 20, 2023

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    The College of Social Science and Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences request applications from graduate or undergraduate students in good standing to conduct research that enables the recipient of the award to create a dataset centered on enslaved Africans or individuals of African descent. The recipient will work closely with the Principal Investigators on the project Enslaved.org (www.enslaved.org) and will produce a dataset for submission to and possible publication in the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation (jsdp.enslaved.org). The recipient will also present their research project to the MSU Black Alumni Association.

    To apply, please submit a statement of up to two single-spaced pages detailing your qualifications for the award, ideas you have for a database including the primary sources from which information would be extracted, and reason for applying. Please consider the Enslaved.org Statement of Ethics when discussing your approach to a database: https://enslaved.org/statementofEthics/.

    A committee comprised of the Principal Investigators on Enslaved.org will make the award in consultation with the Michigan State University Black Alumni Association.

    Deadline for applications: February 20, 2023.

    Amount of Award: $2000 plus up to $10,000 in expenses if the research requires travel to a destination (archive, library, historical site, etc.). Applicants should submit a short draft travel budget, if they are requesting one. Decisions about travel expenses will be made by Matrix.

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    Contact Dr. Walter Hawthorne with questions: walterh@msu.edu


Provost's Undergraduate Research Initiative (Fall 2022) 

Who qualifies: Undergraduates with a 2.0 GPA or better.

How much: Up to $2,000

How it can be used: Undergraduate research

 

Proposals are due September 14, 2022

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    Provost Undergraduate Research Initiative – Call for Fall 2022 Applications

    The College of Social Science has renewed funding for the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Initiative program in the College of Social Science (CSS-PURI) for Fall 2022-Spring 2023.  This program supports undergraduate research through awards of up to $1,000 per semester (up to $2,000 per academic year) per student.

    The CSS-PURI program provides talented undergraduates, from first-year students to seniors, with an opportunity to work closely with faculty on substantial research projects—usually, but not exclusively, as part of the faculty member’s own scholarly project.  Student researchers report that their experiences have been transformative, enabling them to integrate and apply the knowledge, methods, and skills they have learned in new and challenging environments outside the classroom.  Many have delivered conference papers, shared authorship of published articles, or presented work at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) based on the research they have conducted as part of this program. 

    The College requests CSS-PURI proposals from faculty who wish to participate in this program.  Student researchers have usually worked either one-on-one with a faculty member or as members of a research team involving faculty and graduate students.  Both models are acceptable. The College will also consider funding innovative approaches to undergraduate research, including unit or multi-unit research training programs for first-year students or projects attached to study away or study abroad programs.

    Proposals are due on Wednesday, September 14.  Decisions will be taken by September 23rd.

     

    PROPOSAL

    Faculty proposals must include the following information and must be submitted through a form on the CSS website. Late proposals will be considered if funding is available.

    Find application materials here: http://socialscience.msu.edu/students/social-science-undergraduates/scholarships-awards-and-funded-research-opportunities/

    Faculty must submit using the online form system

    Elements of the application must include:

    • Completed application form.

    • A statement about the research project, its stage in development, and the specific research tasks to be assigned to the undergraduate researcher(s). This statement must include the beginning and end date of each student’s involvement in the project and a description of the final research product to be delivered by each student.  We require students to present their research at UURAF (with waivers of this requirement in exceptional circumstances).  A commitment to UURAF should be evident in the application.

    • A statement of student learning outcomes and how those outcomes will be assessed by the faculty mentor.

    • Budget Proposal. A budget that states precisely how the funds will be spent (see below for guidelines).  It is important to comply with these guidelines.

    • The name(s) of the student(s) selected, if available at the time of submission. Proposals that name one or more specific undergraduates who have agreed to participate in the program will be given priority. We will also consider proposals that do not name particular students. If your proposal involves more than one student, include one student on the proposal, name the other(s) in the narrative, and collect emails acknowledging participation from all students. It is not necessary to submit separate applications for each student. Note that student duties and learning outcomes must be specified for each student researcher individually.

     

    BUDGET GUIDELINES:

    CSS-PURI funds may be allocated as follows:

    • Stipend or travel for undergraduate research must make up at least 80% of the total budget. Since there are other funds available to support travel (see below), we ask that applications minimize travel costs to the extent possible.

    • No more than 20% can be used for supplies/equipment related to the research.

    The sponsoring department or school will be responsible for the administration of funds, including ensuring proper allocation and expenditure. As in past years, PURI awards require unit matching of 25%. So an award that is for the maximum amount of $2,000 for fall and spring will require a $500 match from the unit.

    The College of Social Science and the Office of Undergraduate Research have separate travel funds available to student researchers. Student researchers are eligible to apply. Travel funds require unit matching, and the College also provides matching funds.  

    Note that for the past several years, Summer PURI funds were available, with an application process in late Spring, so do not include Summer requests in this round of proposals.

     

    PROPOSAL ASSESSMENT:

    The budget for PURI is limited and the awards are made on a competitive basis. Proposals will be ranked based on

    • The extent to which projects meet the purpose of the program, which is to help undergraduate students develop advanced research skills in the social, economic, and behavioral sciences that they will apply as advanced undergraduates, in their careers, or in graduate or professional school.

    • How much faculty are involved as mentors in helping students understand the nature of research in a field, its application and significance within scholarship or the professions, and the importance of ethical practice in the research.

    • The extent to which students have the opportunity to demonstrate the accomplishment of the learning goals during the work phase of the project, in their presentations at UURAF, and after their involvement in the project.

    • How clear and appropriate the learning goals are. The goals might vary with the level research experience of the student and could include demonstrating

    • mastery of key technologies, techniques, or methods relevant to research within the discipline;

    • ethical research practices;

    • the ability to analyze, interpret, or synthesize evidence gathered through primary and secondary research;

    • the ability to present or write research results for scholarly or professional audiences.

     

    ELIGIBILITY

    Faculty must hold an appointment (including joint appointments) in the College of Social Science.  Student researchers must be enrolled College of Social Science majors (second majors are acceptable) with a 2.0 GPA or better.  Priority will be given to students who have not graduated before, or will not graduate during, the PURI funding period. The research can be conducted at MSU, in the USA, or internationally. Team projects that include multiple faculty, graduate students or undergraduates are eligible for consideration, and faculty can propose to fund more than one undergraduate under this program.  However, the specific duties, research products, and learning outcomes must be stated for each student researcher individually.

     

    REPORTING & PROGRAM ASSESSMENT DUE APRIL 21, 2023:

    CSS and the Office of the Provost require reporting and assessment. Every year it is a challenge to get these reports, so please mark your calendars. Each faculty and student participant must submit a written report to the Associate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs detailing the research outcomes for the project, an assessment of student learning outcomes (proposed and achieved), and the expenditure of funds (the latter provided by the faculty member).  Please ask your student researcher to submit her/his report to you and then forward both to me as a package.  

    By April 21, 2023, the following information should be submitted to my office:

    • Name of student(s) supported (no PID numbers).

    • Detailed information on expenditures (a required reporting form will be supplied).

      • Scholarships and stipends

      • Supplies and equipment

      • Conference registration and travel

      • Other

    • Assessment of the student’s achievement of learning objectives and an overall evaluation of the student’s contribution to the advancement of the research.

    • Any presentations, abstracts or publications arising from the research (including citations if applicable and including anticipated conference presentations and publications).

    • Other indicators of quality.

    • A 250-word report from the student, summarizing his/her accomplishments and reflecting on the competencies he/she gained from the experience.

     

    Questions:

    Contact Brent Donnellan, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, 432-3598 or email to donnel59@msu.edu

     

    Proposals are due on Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    Decisions will be taken by Friday, September 23, 2022

    End of year reports will be due on April 21, 2023


Provost's Undergraduate Research Initiative (Summer 2023) 

Who qualifies: Undergraduates with a 2.0 GPA or better.

How much: Up to $1,500

How it can be used: Undergraduate research

 

Proposals are due February 20, 2023

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    The College of Social Science has funding for the Summer College of Social Science Provost’s Undergraduate Research Initiative (CSS-PURI).  This program supports summer undergraduate research with awards of up to $1,500 per student.

    The CSS-PURI program provides talented undergraduates, from first-year students to seniors, with an opportunity to work closely with faculty on substantial research projects—usually, but not exclusively, as part of the faculty member’s own scholarly project.  Student researchers report that their experiences have been transformative, enabling them to integrate and apply the knowledge, methods, and skills they have learned in new and challenging environments outside the classroom.  Many have delivered conference papers, shared authorship of published articles, and presented work at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) and Mid-Sure based on the research they have conducted as part of this program. 

    The College requests CSS-PURI proposals from faculty who wish to participate in this program.  Student researchers have usually worked either one-on-one with a faculty member or as members of a research team involving faculty and graduate students.  Both models are acceptable. The College will also consider funding innovative approaches to undergraduate research, including unit or multi-unit research training programs for first-year students or projects attached to study away or study abroad programs.

    Proposals are due on Monday, February 20, 2023.

    PROPOSAL

    Faculty proposals must include the following information and must be submitted through a form on the CSS website.  Late proposals will be considered if funding is available.

    Find application materials here: http://socialscience.msu.edu/students/social-science-undergraduates/scholarships-awards-and-funded-research-opportunities/Faculty must submit using the online form system. If the project involves more than one student, submit a separate application for each student (one application per student participant). Indicate on each application that this is a multi-student project.   

    Elements of the application must include:

    • Completed application form.
    • A statement about the research project, its stage in development, and the specific research tasks to be assigned to the undergraduate researcher(s). This statement must include the beginning and end date of each student’s involvement in the project and a description of the final research product to be delivered by each student. A commitment to UURAF or Mid-Sure should be evident in the application.
    • A statement of student learning outcomes and how those outcomes will be assessed by the faculty mentor.
    • Budget Proposal. A budget that states precisely how the funds will be spent (see below for guidelines).  It is important to comply with these guidelines.
    • The name(s) of the student(s) selected, if available at the time of submission. Proposals that name one or more specific undergraduates who have agreed to participate in the program will be given priority. Please submit one application for each named student on a proposed project. This helps us with the review process. We will also consider proposals that do not name particular students. It is not necessary to submit separate applications for each student. Note that student duties and learning outcomes must be specified for each student researcher.

     

    BUDGET GUIDELINES:

     

    CSS-PURI funds may be allocated as follows:

     

    • Stipend or research travel for undergraduate research must make up at least 80% of the total budget. Since there are other funds available to support travel (see below), we ask that applications minimize travel costs to the extent possible.
    • No more than 20% can be used for supplies/equipment related to the research.

     

    The sponsoring department or school will be responsible for the administration of funds, including ensuring proper allocation and expenditure. As in past years, Summer CSS-PURI awards require unit matching of 50%. So an award that is for the maximum amount of $1,500 will require a $750 match from the unit.

    The College of Social Science and the Office of Undergraduate Research have separate travel funds available to student researchers. Student researchers are eligible to apply. Travel funds require unit matching, and the College also provides matching funds.  For additional information, please contact Joy Pond, pondjoy@msu.edu.

    PROPOSAL ASSESSMENT:

    The budget for PURI is limited and the awards are made on a competitive basis. Proposals will be ranked based on

    • The extent to which projects meet the purpose of the program, which is to help undergraduate students develop advanced research skills in the social, economic, and behavioral sciences that they will apply as advanced undergraduates, in their careers, or in graduate or professional school.
    • How much faculty are involved as mentors in helping students understand the nature of research in a field, its application and significance within scholarship or the professions, and the importance of ethical practice in the research.
    • The extent to which students have the opportunity to demonstrate the accomplishment of the learning goals during the work phase of the project, in their presentations at UURAF, and after their involvement in the project. 
    • How clear and appropriate the learning goals are. The goals might vary with the level research experience of the student and could include demonstrating
    • mastery of key technologies, techniques, or methods relevant to research within the discipline;
    • ethical research practices;
    • the ability to analyze, interpret, or synthesize evidence gathered through primary and secondary research;
    • the ability to present or write research results for scholarly or professional audiences.

     

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Faculty must hold an appointment (including joint appointments) in the College of Social Science. 
    • Student researchers must be enrolled College of Social Science majors (second majors are acceptable) with a 2.0 GPA or better. They must not have graduated before or graduate during the PURI funding period.
    • The research can be conducted at MSU, in the USA, or internationally. Team projects that include multiple faculty, graduate students or undergraduates are eligible for consideration, and faculty can propose to fund more than one undergraduate under this program.  However, the specific duties, research products, and learning outcomes must be stated for each student researcher individually.

    REPORTING & PROGRAM ASSESSMENT DUE August 15, 2023:

    CSS and the Office of the Provost require reporting and assessment. Every year it is a challenge to get these reports, so please mark your calendars. Each faculty and student participant must submit a written report to the Associate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs detailing the research outcomes for the project, an assessment of student learning outcomes (proposed and achieved), and the expenditure of funds (the latter provided by the faculty member).  Please ask your student researcher to submit her/his report to you and then forward both to me as a package.  

    By August 15, 2022, the following information should be submitted to my office:

    • Name of student(s) supported (no PID numbers).
    • Detailed information on expenditures (a required reporting form will be supplied).
      • Scholarships and stipends
      • Supplies and equipment
      • Conference registration and travel
      • Other
    • Assessment of the student’s achievement of learning objectives and an overall evaluation of the student’s contribution to the advancement of the research.
    • Any presentations, abstracts or publications arising from the research (including citations if applicable and including anticipated conference presentations and publications).
    • Other indicators of quality.
    • A 250-word report from the student, summarizing his/her accomplishments and reflecting on the competencies he/she gained from the experience.

    APPLY

     

     


    For more information, contact:

    Brent Donnellan
    Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Professor of Psychology

    College of Social Science
    Berkey Hall
    Phone: 517-355-6673
    donnel59@msu.edu

     


Dean's Assistantship

Who qualifies: A Social Science junior or senior.

How much: $5,600-$5,800 stipend, working an average of 10 hours per week

How you will benefit: Opportunity to have an enriched independent research experience in the social sciences with a faculty mentor.

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023

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    Eligibility

    Students with a primary or secondary major in the College of Social Science are eligible to be nominated for a Dean’s Assistantship. Juniors and seniors are eligible. The proposed research project normally will be an independent research project in which the student is the primary investigator. However, students who have primary responsibility for a discrete portion of a faculty member’s larger research project may submit proposals. All student researchers must have a faculty sponsor who has agreed to serve as a mentor for the period of the assistantship.

    Nominations

    Students who are interested in a Dean’s Assistantship are encouraged to contact faculty to propose projects, refine the research plan, and collaborate on the nomination and application processes. Faculty and advisers also are urged to approach highly-qualified students to suggest nomination for this competitive assistantship.

    Procedures

    • The chair or director solicits nominations for the Dean’s Assistantship from faculty. Nominees must then submit an application for the program to the chair or director. The application must include a research proposal, resume, and a letter of support from a faculty sponsor [the letter must express the faculty member’s commitment to mentor the student during her/his research experience]. The research product or outcome—and the form in which it will be submitted—must be specified in the proposal. The chair or director should only forward nominees to the College who submit a research proposal that promises to make a substantial contribution to the scholarship in the field and which can be completed within one academic year. The role of the faculty sponsor must be clearly established, including mentorship, oversight, ownership of research products, authorships, and other relevant details. The chair or director is responsible for oversight of the student researcher and the faculty sponsor.

    • The student researcher must meet as per agreement with her/his faculty sponsor, provide bi-weekly reports to the faculty sponsor (including time spent on the project), and deliver all research products as scheduled. Furthermore, a dean’s assistant must apply to present her/his research findings at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) in the spring of the academic year in which the award is granted. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in forfeiture of the student’s assistantship. Students who leave the College of Social Science during the period of the assistantship will thereby forfeit their assistantship.

    • Faculty sponsors are expected to serve as mentors throughout the duration of the assistantship. They are responsible for monitoring research progress, aiding students in resolving research problems, providing advice on appropriate methods, regulations, and ethics in conducting research, reviewing research products, and maintaining records of student work.

    • The student researcher and faculty sponsor are required to submit a report to the chair or director at the end of the assistantship. The chair or director will review the report and forward it to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for review. Chairs and directors should return inadequate reports to the author for revision and resubmission.

    • Both student researchers and faculty sponsors should contact the chair or director of the sponsoring department or school to resolve disagreements or to report potential violations of University policies. Chairs and directors will consult with the Associate Dean for Academic and Student affairs when such issues cannot be resolved at the unit level.

    • The student researcher is required to provide the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs with notification of the publication, presentation, or recognition of research sponsored by the dean’s assistantship program.

    • The student researcher is required to send a letter of acceptance to the Dean of the College of Social Science, Rachel Croson, upon notification of the assistantship award.

    For Students: Preparing the Application

    A student who has been nominated for a Dean's Assistantship must submit an 8-part application to the chair or director of the sponsoring department or school. The application will consist of a completed application form; a resume; a one-page abstract; an introduction that includes a clear statement of the hypothesis to be tested; a description of the methodology to be employed; a discussion ofthe outcomes and future application of the research; a bibliography; and a letter of support from the faculty sponsor. The application should not exceed 10 double-space pages [12 pt. font], excluding the faculty sponsor letter of support.

    Although there is no rigid format for the proposal, the guidelines below shoud be useful. You may deviate from them where you believe an alternate format will provide a clearer and more convincing presentation of your ideas and plans.

    Application Form

    The Dean’s Assistantship application form is now available online.  All parts must be completed to upload into application.

    1. Abstract - A brief overview of your project helps to orient the Committee to what will follow. One page is sufficient. Provide a brief statement of the background or context in which your research is set, a statement of the hypothesis (or hypotheses) which you will test, the experiment or project which you will carry out to evaluate the hypothesis, and the way in which the data or evidence will be examined in order to evaluate the hypothesis. Finally, include a brief statement about the scholarly significance of your research.

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    2. Introduction - The introduction should be a review of the scholarship related to your proposed research. Although the final written report of your project should include a scholarly review of relevant literature, the literature review in the proposal is usually far less comprehensive. The introduction should also make the case for the significance of the problem.

    3. Methodology - The methods section should describe the methods you will use to gather data or evidence. A rule of thumb is to include everything that someone else would need to know to replicate your work. If some decisions about the details of the methodology will depend upon work that you will carry out early in the project, be sure to discuss those decisions and how you will go about making them. Finally, acknowledge any rules regarding research with humans or animals with which your research must and will comply, including compliance with MSU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies and procedures.

    4. Outcomes - State the specific research product(s) that you will submit to your faculty sponsor at the end of the assistantship [usually an article-length paper, but other formats are acceptable upon approval]. Explain the potential significance of the work, what future research or publications you anticipate will result from it, and whether you believe it will stimulate further scholarly inquiry within your field.

    5. Bibliography - List the references that you cited or consulted to prepare your proposal.

    6. Resume - Copy of most recent resume.

    7. Letter of Recommendation - The role of the faculty sponsor is critical to the success of your project. Although you are expected to take primary responsibility for carrying out your project, it is inevitable that the wisdom, expertise, and resources of your faculty research sponsor will be called upon frequently as you proceed with your work. Although there is not necessarily a “best” model for the arrangement between student and sponsor to ensure appropriate faculty involvement, in most cases students should expect to have significant contact with their sponsor at least bi-weekly. The Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and the College Scholarship Committee require evidence of that degree of commitment from your faculty research sponsor. This should include a specific statement of contact hours between student and faculty and a detailed statement of the form and frequency of reports and delivery of written work. The committee also wants to know your sponsor’s appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses, and his/her opinion of your ability to carry out the project that you have proposed.

    Note: Submission of an application for a Dean’s Assistantship authorizes the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs to access your student academic records.

    Awards

    Dean’s Assistantships provide support for one academic year as an Undergraduate Assistant with a stipend of approximately $5000 - $5600. The Assistantship is a quarter time appointment, meaning that students are being compensated at a rate that implies an average of approximately ten hours per week spent on the project.

    For students who have financial aid packages, this appointment may change the composition of your aid package. Please contact Financial Aid for more information.

    The number of proposals funded will depend in part upon the number and quality of the applications.

     


    For more information, contact:

    Brent Donnellan
    Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Professor of Psychology

    College of Social Science
    Berkey Hall
    Phone: 517-355-6673
    donnel59@msu.edu

     


Gordon and Norma Guyer Public Policy Internship Award

Who qualifies: Any MSU student of any major/year who is participating in a public policy internship.

How much: $1000+ awarded each semester

How it can be used: Tuition

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023

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Andrew Undergraduate Fellowship

Who qualifies: Social Science undergraduate with a minimum of 60 credits.

How much: varied

How it can be used: Research project costs

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023

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    Nominations

    Students who are interested in the Andrew Undergraduate Fellowship are encouraged to contact faculty to propose projects, refine the research plan, and collaborate on the nomination and application processes. Faculty and advisers also are urged to approach highly-qualified students to suggest nomination for this competitive fellowship.


    Procedures

    • The chair or director, according to unit guidelines, solicits nominations for the Andrew Undergraduate Fellowship from faculty. Nominees must then submit an application for the program to the chair or director. The application must include a research proposal, curriculum vita, and a letter of support from a faculty sponsor [the letter must express the faculty member’s commitment to mentor the student during her/his research experience]. The research product or outcome—and the form in which it will be submitted—must be specified in the proposal. The chair or director should only forward nominees to the College who submit a research proposal that promises to make a substantial contribution to the scholarship in the field and which can be completed within one academic year. The role of the faculty sponsor must be clearly established, including mentorship, oversight, ownership of research products, authorships, and other relevant details. The chair or director is responsible for oversight of the student researcher and the faculty sponsor.
       
    • The student researcher must meet as per agreement with her/his faculty sponsor, provide bi-weekly reports to the faculty sponsor (including time spent on the project), and deliver all research products as scheduled. Furthermore, an undergraduate fellowship must apply to present her/his research findings at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) in the spring of the academic year in which the award is granted. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in forfeiture of the student’s fellowship. Students who leave the College of Social Science during the period of the fellowship will thereby forfeit their fellowship.
       
    • Faculty sponsors are expected to serve as mentors throughout the duration of the fellowship. They are responsible for monitoring research progress, aiding students in resolving research problems, providing advice on appropriate methods, regulations, and ethics in conducting research, reviewing research products, and maintaining records of student work.
       
    • The student researcher and faculty sponsor are required to submit a report to the chair or director at the end of the fellowship. The chair or director will review the report and forward it to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for consideration. Chairs and directors should return inadequate reports to the author for revision and resubmission.
       
    • Both student researchers and faculty sponsors should contact the chair or director of the sponsoring department or school to resolve disagreements or to report potential violations of University policies. Chairs and directors will consult with the Associate Dean for Academic and Student affairs when such issues cannot be resolved at the unit level.
       
    • The student researcher is required to provide the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs with notification of the publication, presentation, or recognition of research sponsored by the Andrew Undergraduate Fellowship program.
       
    • The student researcher is required send a letter of acceptance to the Dean of the College of Social Science upon notification of the fellowship award.


    For Students: Preparing the Application

    A student who has been nominated for the Andrew Undergraduate Fellowship must submit an 8-part application to the chair or director of the sponsoring department or school. The application will consist of a completed application form; a c.v.; a one-page abstract; an introduction that includes a clear statement of the hypothesis to be tested; a description of the methodology to be employed; a discussion of the outcomes and future application of the research; a bibliography; and a letter of support from the faculty sponsor. The application should not exceed 10 double-space pages [12 pt. font], excluding the faculty sponsor letter of support.

    Although there is no rigid format for the proposal, the guidelines below should be useful. You may deviate from them where you believe an alternate format will provide a clearer and more convincing presentation of your ideas and plans.


    Application form

    The Andrew Undergraduate Fellowship application form is now available online.  All 7 parts must be completed to upload into application.

    1. Abstract - A brief overview of your project helps to orient the Research Committee to what will follow. One page is sufficient. Provide a brief statement of the background or context in which your research is set, a statement of the hypothesis (or hypotheses) which you will test, the experiment or project which you will carry out to evaluate the hypothesis, and the way in which the data or evidence will be examined in order to evaluate the hypothesis. Finally, include a brief statement about the scholarly significance of your research. NOTE: BOTH YOUR FACULTY SPONSOR AND YOUR DEPARTMENT CHAIR/DIRECTOR NEED TO SIGN YOUR ABSTRACT.

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    2. Introduction - The introduction should be a review of the scholarship related to your proposed research. Although the final written report of your project should include a scholarly review of relevant literature, the literature review in the proposal is usually less comprehensive, consisting primarily of those things which relate directly to the project. The introduction should also make the case for the significance of the problem.

    3. Methodology - The methods section should describe the methods you will use to gather data or evidence. A rule of thumb which usually works well is to include everything that someone else would need to know to replicate your work. If some decisions about the details of the methodology will depend upon the work which you will carry out early in the project, be sure to discuss those decisions and how you will go about making them. Finally, acknowledge any rules regarding research with humans or animals with which your research must and will comply, including compliance with MSU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies and procedures.

    4. Outcomes - State the specific research product(s) that you will submit to your faculty sponsor at the end of the fellowship [usually an article-length paper, but other formats are acceptable upon approval].  Explain the potential significance of the work, what future research or publications you anticipate will result from it, and whether you believe it will stimulate further scholarly inquiry within your field.

    5. Bibliography - List the references which you cited or consulted to prepare your proposal.

    6. Curriculum Vita - Copy of most recent c.v.

    7. Letter of Recommendation - The role of the faculty sponsor is critical to the success of your project. Although you are expected to take primary responsibility for carrying out your project, it is inevitable that the wisdom, expertise, and resources of your faculty research sponsor will be called upon frequently as you proceed with your work. Although there is not necessarily a “best” model for the arrangement between student and sponsor to ensure appropriate faculty involvement, in most cases students should expect to have significant contact with their sponsor at least weekly. The Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and the College Scholarship Committee require evidence of that degree of commitment from your faculty research sponsor. This should include a specific statement of contact hours between student and faculty and a detailed statement of the form and frequency of reports and delivery of written work. The committee also wishes to know your sponsor’s appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses, and his/her opinion of your ability to carry out the project which you have proposed.

    Note: Submission of an application for the Andrew Undergraduate Fellowship authorizes the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs to access your student academic records.


    Awards

    Andrew Undergraduate Fellows shall undertake and complete a research project under the direction and supervision of a College of Social Science faculty member. Awards may provide support for the legitimate costs associated with the conduct of the Andrew Fellow’s research such as library searches, the construction and dissemination of surveys, computer time, and related expenses appropriate to one specific research project. Andrew Fellows will also receive cash awards upon successful completion of their research.

    For students who have financial aid packages, this appointment may change the composition of your aid package. Please contact Financial Aid for more information.

    The number of proposals funded will depend in part upon the number and quality of the applications.

     


    For more information, contact:

    Brent Donnellan
    Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Professor of Psychology

    College of Social Science
    Berkey Hall
    Phone: 517-355-6673
    donnel59@msu.edu

     


Ernest G. and Phyllis C. Green MSU Black Alumni Scholarships

Who qualifies: Social Science entering fresman, freshman, sophomore or junior with a 3.0 GPA or better.

How it can be used: Tuition

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023

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Leigh Ann and Christian Schultz Scholarship

Who qualifies: Any Social Science major, with preference to those who attended public schools in Flint, Saginaw, or Detroit, with additional preference given to any such student who is on active or reserve duty, or is a veteran, of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard.

How it can be used: Tuition

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023

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Charles Hayden Kelley Scholarships

Who qualifies: Freshman, sophmore, or junior social science students who may not qualify for financial aid. Preference given to students from single parent households.

How it can be used: Tuition

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023

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Richard B. Gerisch Scholarship

Who qualifies: Social Science students majoring in Political Science or Interdisciplinary Studies, preparing for careers in public policy. Must be juniors in the Spring Semester of award year.

How it can be used: Tuition

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023

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George and Alice Goetz Scholarship

Who qualifies: Social Science major who is an active duty service member or Veteran of the US Armed Forces.

How it can be used: Tuition

About the Scholarship: The values of the "Greatest Generation"; hard work, dedication to learning, prudent management, love of family and country, and responsibility to service were exemplified by George A and Alice E Goetz, members of this storied group and in whose name his scholarship has been established.

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023

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Cynthia H. Fates Endowment in Social Science

Who qualifies: Any student majoring in Social Science.

How it can be used: Any experience-based learning program cost.

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023 

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    Requirements:

    Open to students in good standing who are majors in the College of Social Science undertaking experience-based learning in the form of an unpaid internship, education abroad program, study away program, or service learning program in summer 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023.

     

    Amount:

    Up to $1,000

     

    To Apply:

    Send a one to two page statement about why you wish to participate in experiential learning and how the Cynthia H. Fates Scholarship would enable your participation to do so. Make sure you state what program you will enroll in and why you have chosen that program. Include the dates of the program.

    Deadline: February 5, 2023.


Henderson Experiential Learning Award

Who qualifies: Students majoring in Social Science who will undertake experiential learning (study abroad, study away, or internship) in summer 2023, fall 2023, or spring 2024. Preference is given to Veterans of the US Armed Forces.

How it can be used: Experiential learning opportunities to students which include, but are not limited to, civic engagement and service learning, undergraduate research, study abroad and internships.

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2023 

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Ed & Gretchen Adler Study Abroad Scholarship

Thanks to a generous endowment funded by MSU Social Science alumnus Edwin Adler and his wife Gretchen, the College of Social Science is pleased to offer the Ed & Gretchen Adler Study Abroad Scholarship.

The Adlers gave this gift in furtherance of the continuing MSU commitment to lead in international education and study abroad.


Additional Study Abroad and Study Away Scholarships

Visit the experiential learning scholarships page to view a list of opportunities available.