The Kindschi Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Sciences provides financial support to students pursuing rigorous, independent scholarship during the academic year, mentored by a faculty member in one of the following areas: aquatic sciences, allied health professions, biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, information systems, mathematics, movement science, physics, and statistics. Proposals related to the Barbara Kindschi Greenhouse are also encouraged.
The funded projects must be in one of the fields noted above, and conform to the definition of undergraduate research as defined by the Council on Undergraduate Research: "An inquiry or an investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline."
The goals of this fellowship are to encourage students to experience the beauty and excitement of disciplinary research through discovery of original results and independent learning outside of course work, and to better prepare interested students for graduate and professional education.
It is one deadline for all 2017-2018 semesters. Apply by the stated deadline for a Kindschi Fellowship in Fall, Winter, or Fall & Winter.
The application is a collaborative effort between an undergraduate and faculty mentor. An undergraduate student may propose a research project to a faculty member, or a faculty member may actively recruit an undergraduate student for a potential research project. Applicants can apply for either a Fall Semester Fellowship (10 hours per week), Winter Semester Fellowship (10 hours per week), or an Academic Year Fellowship (5 hours per week).
The components of the application are noted below. A paper or pdf application needs to be submitted to email@example.com, or the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, 230 LIB by 5PM of the specified deadline. Please utilize the application coversheet and include it with your application.
The application has the following sections:
The award provides student fellows with a $1,500 fellowship, equivalent to a $10 per hour wage for 10 hours per week for an academic semester. Please note that the award can be distributed as 5 hours a week per semester for two semesters. Awards will not exceed $1,500 for 150 hours of student work. Please specify the duration of the award in the application. Also, please note that this fellowship is not renewable.
The fellowship is available to undergraduate students at GVSU who have not completed the requirements for graduation. It is expected that the student will be enrolled at GVSU as an undergraduate for at least one full semester of study beyond the period of the award. Successful applicants generally have a 3.0 GPA or higher in their major. Please note that this fellowship cannot be awarded to support an independent study (399 or 499), or an Honors Thesis.
All tenured, tenure-track, and visiting faculty are eligible to mentor Kindschi Fellows.
Kindschi Fellows are required to present on campus at Student Scholars Day, or another venue as described in the fellowship proposal. Fellows are also encouraged to present on campus at departmental seminar, as well as present off campus at disciplinary conferences.