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UG Engaged Research Requirements

Undergraduate Engaged Scholarly Research Grant Requirements

  1. Applicants must be Women's Studies majors, minors, or certificate students and have the support of a mentor. 
  2. Mentors must be affiliated with Women's Studies. This includes core and affiliate faculty as well as graduate students who have (or are working towards) the Women's Studies Certificate.
  3. Applicants must have already taken or be currently enrolled in WMST 4011: Understanding Research in Women’s Studies or commit to signing up for the course at the first opportunity.
  4. We will prioritize proposals that engage with community partners and/or have public-facing research results. Consider 21st Century modes of research communication such as: 
    • podcasts 
    • a research display at the public library
    • an online website or ‘storymap’
    • a collaborative ‘zine’ or pamphlet distributed locally
    • a community panel and discussion
  5. IWS will prioritize proposals for research that spans 2 semesters (but we will consider proposals for research that can be completed within 1 semester).
  6. For 2-semester projects, the proposal should specify either Spring/Summer or Spring/Fall (Applications for Summer/Fall and beyond will reopen in spring semester). 
  7. 2-semester projects will require a mid-point check-in to determine eligibility for continuing into the second semester.
  8. Applicants may apply for thesis research credits or final projects for their degree, if the project is relevant to those areas.
  9. Applicants may also sign up for an independent study with their faculty mentor to build research skills and earn credit hours for their research.
  10. Applicants may simultaneously apply for CURO funding for their proposed research, and IWS will award applicants independently from the CURO process. If awarded, applicants can accept both sources of funding. 


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