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Diversity Mentoring Program

 

A. Purpose and Overview:

In order to help decrease the achievement gap between minority and majority students, the Diversity Mentoring Program is designed to enhance engagement of low-income students and ethnic minority students in student-faculty undergraduate research collaboration. Similar to the Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Grants, these awards are designed to facilitate the initiation and development of student research projects mentored by faculty or academic staff. Projects under this program are intended to provide students "hands on" experience in the research process. These awards are not intended for support of projects lasting longer than one year. As a condition of the grant, students are expected to present their results at the Annual UW-Eau Claire Student Research Day, or the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Students are also encouraged to present findings at professional conferences or meetings in their disciplines or at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR); travel funds for this purpose are available through the Student Travel for Presentation of Research Results program.  In addition, it is not uncommon for a student to contribute to or co-author a manuscript for publication that results from their work.

Applicants may request up to $2000 in stipend funds per eligible student and up to $500 in research expenses. Faculty will be asked to submit a report to ORSP on this experience.

B. Eligibility:

Faculty and academic staff with .5 FTE or greater appointments working with UWEC students who qualify as minority or low-income students may apply. Please check with ORSP at 715-836-3405 to determine whether a student qualifies for this program, as students must meet specific requirements. Students are expected to move from this program to other funding programs and are unlikely to receive more than two awards under this program in their career.

C. Application Process:

The Diversity Mentoring application is processed in BP Logix and must be initiated by a faculty member. Please visit the Using eForms and BP Logix page for a detailed explanation of the eForm system.

Faculty mentors are encouraged to mentor students in proposal-writing as appropriate to the situation. For students, the Center for Writing Excellence, located on the second floor of McIntyre Library, can help at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to organizing arguments and polishing claims.

If students are joining a project that already has funding from ORSP, the guide for Existing Projects should be used. If the project is not yet funded, the writing for New Projects should be used.

Existing Projects (Project already has funding from ORSP)

The application has six primary sections:

  • Basic Information and Summary includes project title, co-investigators, and a 3-5 sentence abstract.
  • Program: select the Existing Project radio button and chose either Faculty/Student Research Collaboration or Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates from the dropdown.
  • Narrative: please attach a narrative as a PDF or Word document. The narrative should be no more than two double-spaced pages and should address:
    • Nature and extent of student and faculty/staff mentor activities and involvement
    • Plan for disseminating the results
  • IRB or IACUC Approval: If your research involves human or animal subjects, it may require IRB or IACUC approval respectively. Please visit the IRB Homepage or the IACUC Homepage for details. If you have any questions, pleae contact orsp@uwec.edu or 715-836-3405.
  • Budget: Applicants must clearly explain and justify all requested expenses in the budget explanation section of the form.
    • Wage Rates for student researchers: Minimum wage ($7.25) to $8.00 is preferred for beginning undergraduate researchers; more advanced researchers can be paid more, up to $10.00. During the academic year it is reasonable for students to work 5 to 8 hours per week, i.e., 75 to 120 hours per semester; more work during Winterim and Interim is possible, but must be specified in the budget explanation.
    • Travel and Supplies: please indicate how cost totals are calculated.
  • Routing: please fill in the appropriate routing order to ensure the application is properly reviewed.

Existing Projects (Project already has funding from ORSP)

The application has six primary sections:

  • Basic Information and Summary includes project title, co-investigators, and a 3-5 sentence abstract.
  • Program: select the New Project radio button.
  • Narrative: please attach a narrative as a PDF or Word document. The narrative should be no more than four double-spaced pages and should address:
    • Project objectives, significance and plan (~3 pages)
    • Nature and extent of student and faculty/staff mentor activities and involvement
    • Plan for dissemination of the results
    • History of prior funding from ORSP for this project
    • References cited
  • IRB or IACUC Approval: If your research involves human or animal subjects, it may require IRB or IACUC approval respectively. Please visit the IRB Homepage or the IACUC Homepage for details. If you have any questions, pleae contact orsp@uwec.edu or 715-836-3405.
  • Budget: Applicants must clearly explain and justify all requested expenses in the budget explanation section of the form.
    • Wage Rates for student researchers: Minimum wage ($7.25) to $8.00 is preferred for beginning undergraduate researchers; more advanced researchers can be paid more, up to $10.00. During the academic year it is reasonable for students to work 5 to 8 hours per week, i.e., 75 to 120 hours per semester; more work during Winterim and Interim is possible, but must be specified in the budget explanation.
    • Travel and Supplies: please indicate how cost totals are calculated.
  • Routing: please fill in the appropriate routing order to ensure the application is properly reviewed.

D. Deadlines for Application:

The proposal may be submitted at any time. When applicants submit the form in BPLogix, it will be routed for approval by the department chair and dean (or equivalents) prior to being processed by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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