Undergraduate Research Program

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Norwich Undergraduate Research Fellowship Awardees and mentors - 2014

2014 Student Research Fellows and Faculty Mentors

Undergraduate Research opportunities that are funded internally by Norwich University include support for students to present papers at professional meetings, support for expenses associated with original research, scholarship or creative work projects, and summer research fellowships.

The Undergraduate Research Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of our Summer Research Fellowship Program financially supported by the Chase Endowment for Academic Excellence and the Weintz Research Scholars Program.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program will fund faculty-mentored student research projects in both 10-week and 6-week formats. The Summer Fellowships are applied for through the completion of a research proposal prepared by the student, with guidance from his or her faculty mentor. Each recipient of a 10-week fellowship receives a stipend of $4,000. Those awarded 6-week fellowships receive a $2,400 stipend. Faculty mentors receive a stipend of either $1,000 or $1,500.

The fellowships, awarded on a competitive basis, support research, creative, or scholarly projects, but not for work leading directly to completion of the student’s degree. The next application deadline will be in February 2015. Proposals should be submitted as saved (not scanned) PDFs and sent electronically to academicresearch@norwich.edu. Expenses for projects involving international travel can potentially be supported with Politi Student Research Travel Grants. Additional information regarding Politi Funds is available on the my.norwich portal. Proposals involving human subjects require copies of draft or submitted IRB proposals.

Posters presenting the results of summer research projects are displayed each fall at the Faculty Scholarship Celebration and each spring at the Student Scholarship Celebration.

In collaboration with the Office of Academic Research, the Undergraduate Research Committee is proud to sponsor an annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. This interdisciplinary event takes place in the fall to celebrate and advance the culture of scholarly inquiry and creative thinking at Norwich University. The GOALS of the NU Undergraduate Research Symposium are to generate conversation about research methods across disciplines; provide a collaborative forum for students to begin to develop a research idea into a focused and informed research “plan”; and to introduce students to a range of opportunities to get funding for their research projects.

Feel free to contact a representative on the Undergraduate Research Committee if you have any questions about our program and events.

College of Liberal Arts
Amy Woodbury Tease (Chair)
awtease@norwich.edu
W. Travis Morris
wmorris@norwich.edu
College of Science & Mathematics
Megan Doczi
mdoczi@norwich.edu
Ethan Guth
eguth@norwich.edu
College of Professional Schools
Tara Kulkarni
tkulkarn@norwich.edu
Akhan Almagambetov
akhan@norwich.edu
Director of Undergraduate Research
David S. Westerman
westy@norwich.edu

Director of Undergraduate Research

The Director promotes original research and scholarly work by students and coordinates the efforts of the Undergraduate Research Program. The responsibilities of the Director include:

  • assessing the needs of the students;
  • developing programs to meet those needs;
  • facilitating access to resources to meet those needs;
  • conducting yearly evaluations of the Program;
  • facilitating the campus-wide undergraduate research activities;
  • administering the programs for Student Travel Grants, Student Research Grants, and Summer Research Fellowships.

The Director is a tenured teaching member of the faculty. The qualifications for the position are:

  • experience in undergraduate research;
  • administrative experience; and
  • effective communication skills.

The SVPAA and Dean of the Faculty appoints the Director after consultation with Undergraduate Research Committee members.

Undergraduate Research Committee

The Committee consists of two faculty member selected from each undergraduate college. The Director is an ex-officio member of the Committee. At the May meeting, the Committee elects a Chair.

The Committee will:

  • make decisions on annual allocations for Student Travel Grants and Summer Research Grants;
  • recommend recipients for Undergraduate Research Fellowships to the SVPAA and Dean of the Faculty;
  • organize and facilitate on-campus undergraduate research activities;
  • disseminate guidelines to students and faculty concerning the application process for funding opportunities through the Undergraduate Research Program.

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