Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Crookston (UROC)
Crookston Student Research and Creative Works Fund
CSR/CW Policies and Process
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. Part-time students carrying at least six credits at the time of the proposal and in the semester for which the funding is granted are also eligible.
- The proposed project must be the student’s project. In other words, CRS/CW projects are not intended as extensions of the Faculty Mentor’s own research.
- Students must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA, or Faculty Mentor approval, to be eligible.
- Students must successfully complete one funded proposal before submitting another proposal for funding.
- CSR/CW funding may complement, but will not duplicate, funding awarded under UROP.
- Proposals submitted during the fall round of applications will be for projects beginning in spring semester.
- Proposals submitted during the spring round of applications will be for projects beginning in summer or fall semester.
- Two-semester projects are eligible for consideration. The maximum funding limitations stated above apply to two-semester projects.
- Projects must be completed within one year of notification of project approval.
- 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:
- Application Form
- Faculty Mentor Recommendation
- 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 by the Faculty Mentor. A paper copy of the College Transcript (not APAS) 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 email@example.com.
All parts of the application form 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:
- title of project, your name, your faculty mentor’s name, and dates of project
- introduction to the project
- hypothesis being tested in the research, exploratory or qualitative research question, or
- description of the creative work to be developed (as appropriate to the project)
- procedure for conducting the research or completing the creative work
- timeline for completion of research project or creative work
- budget details for the project
Faculty Mentor Recommendation
The Faculty Mentor completes the Faculty Mentor Recommendation form and sends an electronic copy to Barbara Cournia at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 of $1,400, with $200 disbursed at the time of the award and the remainder awarded upon certification by the mentor that the project has been completed. Students graduating in May must complete the research project before July 1 to receive the scholarship.
Conditions Applicable to Research Expenses
Maximum of $300 per approved project
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 2014