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Harold E. and V. Arlene Cheatham Endowment for Excellence

Community Engaged Undergraduate Research Fund

Cheatham Endowment

Call for Proposals

Research funds up to $1000 for community-based research projects that engage undergraduate students in the research process.

Deadlines: Rolling

For more information, contact Denise Anderson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Faculty Affairs and  Inclusive Excellence.

Conducting community-engaged scholarly research is an excellent platform to teach students the rigor of behavioral, social and health science scholarship in a setting that involves tackling real-life issues.  Faculty often want to provide hands-on community research opportunities for their students but lack the funding to support this type of work.  Small amounts of funding may provide transportation to a community site, lunch for students and community partners, support a focus group or help support any needs that may arise when conducting community-based research.

The Harold E. and V. Arlene Cheatham Endowment for Excellence - Community Engaged Undergraduate Research Fund is available to CBSHS faculty who wish to conduct a community-based research project. This is a competitive process with one award per department per semester.  The award maximum is $1000.

A short description of the research project should be provided, outlining the use of the funding and how students will be engaged with the chosen community and in the research process. It is strongly encouraged that research findings from the project be disseminated back to community partners, as well as outlets including undergraduate research journals, undergraduate research posters, or other outlets that are appropriate. IRB determination number will be required prior to awarding the funds.

Applications will be submitted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Please submit a research project description, including an outline of the proposed use of funds, research findings dissemination plan, and a statement of support from your department chair.  A CBSHS review committee and the CBSHS Dean will review the proposals and announce award recipients.

Please note that funded Creative Inquiry projects are not eligible for this funding and faculty members are only eligible to receive funding once per academic year, regardless of the amount awarded.

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