Crookston Student Research and Creative Works Fund   


CSR/CW Policies and Process

   CsR/CW Policies & Procedures PDF Icon

Find a Faculty Mentor

Some students start the CSR/CW process with their own research idea, but many students find a Faculty Mentor first and then select their topic from ideas suggested by the Mentor. While some, especially first-year students, consider finding a Mentor difficult, it's not actually that bad. Faculty members are eager to work with students interested in research and creative works.

Write a Proposal

Whether you initiate your research idea or creative work, or get suggestions from your Mentor, you need to write a proposal. The proposal describes your project – what you are trying to study or create, why your proposed work has intellectual or creative merit, how you are going to carry out your study or creative activity, what might be the broader impacts of your work.

Check Out Special Requirements

All research and creative activities at the University of Minnesota Crookston are subject to federal and state laws and regulations. If your research or creative activity involves human subjects; live animals; ionizing radiation; recombinant DNA, biological toxins or infective agents; highly toxic chemicals; biologically hazardous agents; and/or potent human or animal carcinogens, you will need to obtain approvals for appropriate mitigations before you begin your research. You should consult with yourFaculty Mentor regarding University and other regulations relevant to your project.


Eligibility and Restrictions

- Full-time students are eligible for UROC.
- Students must successfully complete one funded research proposal before submitting
another proposal for funding.
- If the same proposal is submitted to both UROC and UROP, UROC will not fund it if UROP
does. The same proposal cannot be funded by both sources.
- Proposals submitted during the fall round of applications will be for spring semester projects.
- Proposals submitted during the spring round of applications will be for summer and/or fall
semester projects.
- Projects must be completed within one year of receiving funding. Unused allocated funds of
projects not completed within one year will be returned to the central funding pool unless the
student and Faculty Mentor have requested and received authorization for an extension
from the Academic Affairs Office at least one week prior to the one-year deadline (see
Request for Extension of Completion Date form). 

Submit Your CSR/CW Application/Proposal

Your UROC application consists of four parts:

  1. Application Form PDF Icon
  2. Proposal
  3. Faculty Mentor Recommendation PDF Icon
  4. College Transcript

Both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the Application Form and Proposal must be submitted. An electronic copy of the Faculty Mentor Recommendation must be submitted. A paper copy of the College Transcript must be submitted. Send paper copies (with original signatures on the application form) to Barbara Cournia, Academic Affairs, 307 Selvig Hall. Electronic copies should be sent to Barbara at

Application Form

All parts of the application formPDF Icon must be completed including all required signatures.


There is no preset form for the proposal, but it should be no more than three pages double-
spaced, with 12 font and one inch margins on all four sides, and should include the following:

Faculty Mentor Recommendation

The Faculty Mentor completes the Faculty Mentor Recommendation form PDF Iconand sends an electronic copy to Barbara Cournia at

College Transcript

A copy of the student’s college transcript must be sent to Barbara Cournia, Academic Affairs, 307 Selvig Hall. The transcript should be sent along with the paper copy of the application form and proposal. You may print and submit your unofficial transcript.


Deadline for Receipt of Applications

All four parts of the application–both paper copies and/or electronic copies – must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on the deadline date.  Applications are due on Friday of the week before Thanksgiving and on Friday of the week after Spring Break. See Application and Faculty Mentor Recommendation forms for specific dates.

Conditions Applicable to Stipends

Maximum: $1,400

Hourly Rate: $11.50

Conditions Applicable to Research Expenses

Maximum: $300

Travel:  Travel costs for research or presentations at professional meetings are generally allowed, according to University travel policies. No reimbursement is permitted for food or local area travel. The current mileage rate is 56 cents per mile. (The rate is subject to change.) Students seeking reimbursement will need to complete an Employee Expense Worksheet. Contact your Faculty Mentor for this form.

Additional funds up to $1,500, and not exceeding the actual cost of attendance, may be requested if the CSR/CW project is accepted for presentation at a regional or national professional meeting or conference. University travel policies prevail.


UMC Research Release Time for Spring/Fall 2014PDF Icon