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Undergraduate Research, Scholarly & Creative Projects

In order to better support student research, scholarly, and creative projects at Wartburg, three programs have been established: the Summer Research Fellowship and Academic Year Research Stipend, Academic Year Research Grants, and Student or Faculty Travel Grants. The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to provide students with a mentored research, scholarly or creative experience beyond that found in research or capstone courses.

Summer Research Fellowships and Academic Year Stipends are for advanced (non credit) study. Academic Year Research Grants are for student supplies, equipment, and travel for research and cannot be used for stipends. Student Travel Grants provide funding for students to present their research at conferences.  Faculty Travel Grants provides funding for faculty advisors to attend conferences with the students.

A Summer Research Fellowship can fund a combination of student stipend, supplies, or research-related travel.

The Academic Year Research Stipend is only a student stipend.  Students may separately apply for an Academic Year Research Grant.

Research in credit courses is eligible. 
Research in credit courses is eligible
Research in credit courses is not eligible
Research not in credit courses is eligible. May not include student stipends. May include supplies, equipment, and travel for research
May not include student stipends; Includes travel, lodging, registration, meals
Summer Research Fellowship: max $3,500 per student

Academic Year Research Stipend: max $1,000 per student

Limit of $350 per student or $1,050 per project
Limit $800 per student and $700 per faculty member

Requires email letter of support from sponsor/advisor to The Director of Undergraduate Research

This letter must include a statement pertaining to non-credit bearing status of the proposed project.

If IRB or IACUC committee approval of project is required, proof of successful project submission to the committee is necessary before review of application. Email submitted form to shawn.ellerbroek@wartburg.edu. In such cases, release of summer or academic year fellowship money is contingent on IRB or IACUC project approval.

Requires email letter of support from sponsor/advisor to The Director of Undergraduate Research.

If IRB or IACUC committee approval of project is required, proof of successful project submission to the committee is necessary before review of application. 
Email submitted form to shawn.ellerbroek@wartburg.edu. In such cases, release of small research grant money is contingent on IRB or IACUC project approval.

Requires email letter of support from sponsor/advisor to The Director of Undergraduate Research. 


If required, proof of IRB or IACUC committee approval of project is necessary before review of application. Email proof of approval to shawn.ellerbroek@wartburg.edu.

Summer Fellowship Deadline: Mid-April (see campus announcement)
Award Announced:
end of April

Deadline: until funds depleted
Announced:
within 1 week of application

Deadline: until funds depleted
Announced:
within 2 week of application

 

Who is eligible?

  • Full-time students currently enrolled at Wartburg
  • Must be returning to campus in the Fall to be eligible for a Summer Fellowship
  • Must be sponsored by fulltime or emeriti faculty

What types of projects are eligible?
Projects may be research, scholarly or creative in nature and must contribute to the student's understanding of the field. In some disciplines this means the student may not be generating new knowledge in the field but may grow in his/her knowledge and understanding of an important concept in the discipline. Students may assist faculty in ongoing research or engage in student-initiated research with faculty guidance. Fellowship projects should be of such a quality as to be considered for publication or presentation either in the discipline or in undergraduate research journals and/or conferences. Projects must be under the guidance of a Wartburg faculty mentor. Off campus internships, etc., are not eligible.

Am I eligible for a Summer Research Fellowship or Academic Year Stipend if my project is part of a course I am taking?
No, students may not receive academic credit for projects funded by those funds. Continuing projects begun in a credit course are eligible. Students in credit courses may apply for Student Academic Year Research Grants or Travel Grant funding.

What if I received a Fellowship or Grant previously?
Previous recipients of awards are eligible to apply.

What expenses are eligible?
In order to keep the program flexible, funding is available for a variety of expenses related to the research. Project funding may be for:

  • Student stipends 
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Travel to present poster/paper research

Are faculty mentors eligible for funding?
Faculty mentors can also apply for travel funds (up to $700) to accompany the student(s) presenting at a meeting or conference on the Faculty Travel Funds Application page.

When do projects need to be conducted?
Projects may be either during the academic year or summer.

What are the funding caps?

  • Summer Fellowships  Up to $3500 per student. 
  • Academic Year Stipend  Up to $1000 per student.  
  • Academic Year Research Grants Variable. See the guidelines. Groups may apply.
  • Student Travel Grants Student Travel Grants are capped at $800 per student. All grants are on a first-come, first-served basis. When the funds are depleted the program is closed for the year.


What are the reporting requirements?
You will need to submit a written report or poster to the Director of Undergraduate Research (shawn.ellerbroek@wartburg.edu) by the end of academic year detailing your work and indicating if you have completed it or not.