R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Fund

The Iowa College Foundation (ICF) is now soliciting proposals for student/faculty research projects under the R.J. McElroy Trust Student/Research Fund.

Students who will be juniors or seniors are eligible to participate. Students can major in any field of study. Applications require the dual authorship of the proposing student (or students) and a sponsoring faculty member. The academic dean of the institution must approve the proposal by letter endorsement.  Funds can be used to support research project expenses; faculty stipends are not supported. The maximum award will be $2,000, with 3-4 projects expected to be funded at Wartburg.

Application and Cover Page

Deadline: Proposals are due to the vice president for academic affairs. The Campus Review Panel will select a maximum of four proposals to forwarded to the Iowa College Foundation (ICF) by their deadline.

Qualifying Activity 
The research fund will cover any expenses necessary to support activities defined in a credible research proposal (except faculty stipends). Funds may be requested for specialized hardware or software additions, but funding will not be provided for an entire personal computer system. Maximum award will be $2,000.No student stipend will be paid for credit work. Stipends awarded to students for non-credit work will be funded at a maximum of $1,000. Again, no faculty stipends are available.

Review and Selection Process at ICF 
Proposals will be evaluated by a panel composed of three members, including two faculty members from ICF member colleges. The Panel will define criteria for evaluation and awards. Notification of awards will be sent to recipients and to the deans of the colleges. ICF will distribute funds to deans for disbursement to recipients as needed.

Summary of Findings 
Each student recipient will be required to prepare a one-page summary of his or her findings. Participating faculty and students will be invited to attend a symposium where their project results will be presented. ICF will provide final reports regarding the research projects annually to the R.J. McElroy Trust.