In general, projects submitted to the research competition involve a systematic process of investigation or study that will produce facts or theories, apply such knowledge to problem-solving within the discipline or in society, or pursue a specific avenue of inquiry. Results of research should be worthy of submission for publication in refereed journals and should serve as foundation for an external funding application.

Requested support can be in the form of summer stipend, supplemental assigned time, summer graduate research assistantship, and/or supplies, expenses, equipment, and travel (SEET).

Apply for this grant through our online portal. Recipients must also provide a final report.

Pre-Submission Review Due: December 15

Final Submission Deadline: January 8

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2023-2024 Awardees

Congratulations to the following recipients of this grant for the 2023-2024 Academic Year:

  • Goodarzi Mohsen (CAP) - Developing a Holistic Life Cycle Costing Model to Improve the Cost Benefit Balance of Green Buildings
  • Shi Wei (CSH) - Developing Translational Research on an Anticancer Natural Glycoconjugate OSW-1
  • Wang Xinting (CSH) - Applying Machine Learning and Crime Mapping in Crime Prediction
  • Steele Mike (TC) - Transforming High School Mathematics Teaching: Infusing Modeling and Data Science
  • Hester Scarlett (CCIM) - No Longer the Forgotten War: Re-Remembering the Korean War


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