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PRISM Research Grant 2016 Application


Students officially declared as a major in one of the PRISM departments (Anthropology, Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Human Development, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology) are eligible to apply for the summer PRISM Research Grant. The grant is meant to support students looking to complete independent academic research projects of their own design. Research projects can be short term or long term in nature. Successful applicants will be able to present a clear view of the scope and purpose of their project while also explaining the link between their project and their academic major/interests. Funds cannot be used to support work as a faculty research assistant, an unpaid internship, classes or program fees (projects must be the original work of the student and not contribute to a preexisting program or work of a supervisor). Students may apply for up to $2,500 in funding – however the average award is around $1,500. All grant recipients will be required to complete a short post-experience survey and present their research at a PRISM Symposium in fall 2016.

Application Requirements:
1. Cover sheet (please use standard document provided in the posting)
2. Resume
3. Research Proposal (2 pages single-spaced maximum – will be judged as a writing sample). While writing your proposal please keep the following questions in mind:
   • Have you developed a clear research question?
   • Why is your research question relevant in your field?
   • Can your project be developed in 8-10 weeks, what will you accomplish? (If you are working towards your B.A. thesis, you may choose to use the grant to research a smaller part of the problem you are exploring)
   • How are you qualified to undertake your research?
   • Does your proposal address not only how your research fits with your personal interest, but also how the project aligns with your academic study?
4. Letter of Recommendation from Faculty Sponsor (encouraged that this come from a professor in the student’s PRISM department, but at a minimum must come from a professor in one of the PRISM departments)
   • Recommendation should speak to the student’s ability to conduct research while also addressing the relevance of your project in your field and its feasibility
   • Letter should be emailed directly to Melissa Smith: by your sponsor on or before the application deadline (6pm on April 22, 2016)
5. Itemized Budget (please use standard sheet provided in the posting)
6. Unofficial Transcript
7. Declaration of Intent to Major Form (for those not already declared)

Additional Guidelines:

   • Research projects may be based domestically or internationally
   • If you want to travel to a country currently bearing a State Department Travel Warning, you must petition the University. Prior to submitting your petition form, you must meet with Sarah Walter, Associate Dean for International Education. Since the conversation with Dean Walter may impact your plans, please schedule your appointment well in advance of the grant application deadline.   
   • First, second, and third year students in the College may apply
   • Applicants who have received a Metcalf Internship for the 2016 summer may not apply for a PRISM Research Grant.
   • Applicants are welcome to pursue other sources of funding to supplement any PRISM funding received.
   • Funding for durable goods such as computers, cameras, books etc. is NOT available

Students must be activated for On Campus Recruiting in order to apply. Please make an appointment with a career advancement adviser to have your materials reviewed.

Questions, please contact: Jeannette Daly, or Melissa Smith,

Applicants MUST Have Declared One of the Following Majors:
Anthropology, Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Human Development, English Language and Literature, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology