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P. Douglas Kindschi Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Sciences

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.

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 Kindschi Fellowship is May 1, 2017.

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It is one deadline for all 2017-2018 semesters. Apply by the stated deadline for a Kindschi Fellowship in Fall, Winter, or Fall & Winter.


Application Information

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 ours@gvsu.edu, 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:

  1. Project Description: Description of the project (Limited to 1 page, 12-point font, double spaced, 1 inch margins)
  2. Project Goals and Feasibility: (limited to 2 pages, 12-point font, double spaced, 1 inch margins, exclusive of references). This should include the following:
    1. Background – What specific research problem or creative process is being addressed?
    2. Significance – Explain the significance or interest of the proposed project. What are the goals of the project? What is the ideal outcome of this project?
    3. Methodology - Describe the nature of the research, including the types of activities the student will engage in, how goals will be set, and how progress will be assessed.
    4. Timeline - Include a timeline of the project detailing the responsibilities of the student at each stage. What are the significant research tasks for the student?
  3. Quality of the Student Learning Experience
    1. Student focus - What are the faculty member’s student-centered goals for this project? What pedagogical techniques will the faculty member use to help the student achieve those goals? What active collaboration will take place?
    2. Independence - Describe the steps to be taken to allow the student to become a more independent researcher/scholar during the project.
  4. Student Qualifications and Motivation
    1. Preparation - Include a statement written by the student that articulates his/her interest in the project, how s/he is prepared to meet the project objectives and outcomes. Students must disclose their academic and non-academic commitments for the proposed semester(s). It is the expectation that this fellowship will be a significant part of their co-curricular experience.
    2. Qualifications - One page résumé listing major GPA, overall GPA, work, volunteer, and educational experiences that will help the student complete the project.

Award

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.

Eligibility

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.


About P. Douglas Kindschi Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Sciences

Award Requirements

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.

Review Committee

  • Deb Burg, Biomedical Sciences
  • William Dickinson, Mathematics
  • Brian Hatzel, Movement Science
  • Jodee Hunt, Biology
  • Figen Mekik, Geology
  • Susan Mendoza, OURS
  • Robert Smart, CSCE
  • Roger Ferguson, CIS